The attic isn’t a part of the home we venture into every day. Because of this, it can easily be forgotten. Just think about it—when’s the last time you thought about your attic (and not the contents of your attic but the actual condition of it)? Our guess is it’s probably been awhile. Most of the time this is okay—attics don’t need to be tended to daily. However, there are some aspects, like attic insulation, that should be regularly checked. Inadequately insulated attics can severely jeopardize the comfort, integrity, and energy efficiency of your home.
As a Nashville roofing company committed to helping our community maintain safe, efficient, and good-looking roofs, we would like to share with you some of the benefits of keeping your attic adequately insulated. Regardless of whether your insulation is not evenly distributed, not placed in hard-to-reach areas, placed over vents, hindering good airflow, or some other insulation-related problem, improving the insulation of your attic can have the following benefits:
PREVENT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE
Attic insulation is one of the key factors in regulating the heat and moisture in an attic. When heat and moisture build up in your attic, it becomes a breeding ground for mold, structural damage, and deterioration of the entire roof system. Not only will this necessitate a call to a roofing repair company, but in the winter, bad insulation coupled with poor ventilation can cause ice dams to form on the roof.
IMPROVE HOME COMFORT
If your attic isn’t properly sealed and insulated, the comfort of your home is going to be affected during each heating and cooling season. In the winter, heat will seep out of your attic, requiring your heating system to work harder, and in the summer, the opposite occurs: the outside heat transfers through the roof, attic, and walls and warms up your living space. Addressing these issues will not only improve the comfort of your home, but it will also significantly affect the energy efficiency of your living space.
As we mentioned, a poorly insulated attic will directly impact the efficiency of your heating or cooling system. During each heating or cooling season, your HVAC system and equipment will have to compensate for the inefficiencies, adding wear and tear, upping energy consumption and, therefore, energy costs. By improving attic insulation, you can save money on energy and improve the lifespan of your heating and cooling system.
As you may have already gathered, the attic is the place where a surprising amount of energy savings can occur. When you properly insulate your attic, you’ll not only begin to see savings in energy and cost, but you will also begin to feel a more stable temperature throughout your home year round.
If you are in the Nashville area and are in need of a roof inspection or some other roofing service, contact Tim Leeper Roofing. We are a roofing company that takes great pride in offering superb residential and commercial roofing services.