Sadly, too many homeowners think that their attic insulation isn’t important because it rarely gets too cold in Florida. Nothing could be further from the truth. Attic insulation helps protect your home and your roof. If you haven’t checked to see if you have the recommended insulation in your attic, after reading today’s blog, you may want to do so.
What Insulation Does
Your home’s insulation does a few things. Most people understand it blocks the cold outside form getting in but it also helps prevent the cool in your home all summer long from getting out. Plus, in the summer it helps prevent the heat in your attic from getting into your home.
One of the other things insulation does is prevents the moisture from your kitchen or bathroom from getting into your attic. Moisture in the attic can cause mold growth which can negatively impact your roof. It never hurts to run your exhaust fan while cooking or showering but with proper insulation, the moisture should be trapped in your home.
How Much is the Right Amount?
If your home was built before the mid-80’s you probably don’t have enough insulation in your attic. Here is a helpful guide from the Insulation Institute. You’ll want to measure in several places to make sure it’s consistent throughout your attic.
While you’re in your attic, look for areas where the insulation is compressed. When insulation gets wet it loses its effectiveness. If you notice an area where the insulation doesn’t look right, you might have a roof leak. Have your roof repair company inspect for a roof leak and provide you with repair. You’ll be wasting your money adding more insulation if the roof leak isn’t attended to.
There are several ways to add more. You can call an insulation company and ask them for an estimate for additional insulation. You can buy the rolls at your home improvement store or you can rent a blower for blown in loose fiber insulation. All do the same thing but have different costs and time commitments associated with them.
Suncoast Roofing Solutions can inspect your roof for roof leaks and provide you with a professional repair. Once we’ve repaired your roof leak, you’ll be able to install new insulation. Call us today at (813) 283-2544 and we’ll provide you with a comprehensive inspection of your roof and advise you if you’re going to need new insulation due to a roof leak.