Roof Insulation and Ventilation
Give Your Home in Round Rock the Additional Protection It Needs
Insulation is very important and is meant to keep your home at a desirable temperature. Insulation is placed directly under a roof with a goal to reduce heat loss and prevent your home from becoming too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter.
It works by trapping small pockets of air to slow down the movement of heat from the house in the winter and into the house in the summer. There are many benefits to insulating your roof, including saving you money on extra energy.
Other benefits of roof insulation include:
- Long-term protection
Without a properly insulated roof, the damage from the weather can lead to excessive moisture and condensation that can damage the roof and even the home.
- Heat retention
Heat retention refers to the level of heat an object or material can store over time. When we install roof insulation, we help keep the heat generated in the home. It is important to reduce heat loss from a home in order to keep your home at an ideal temperature.
- Heat prevention
In the same way that roof insulation provides heat retention, they can also provide heat prevention. This can be especially helpful in the brutal Texas summer heat when the last thing you want is an excessively hot house. Your house is naturally cooler than the outdoors, and the heat gravitates towards the cooler area. Roofing insulation can prevent this from happening by soaking up the heat from entering the space.
- Additional protection
Some homeowners might feel more secure in knowing that roof insulation provides an additional layer of protection.
- Energy savings
This is one of the most common reasons people flock to roof insulation. The EPA estimates that the average homeowner can save 15% on heating and cooling costs by incorporating insulation, which amounts to about $200 in savings a year for the average person. A home with an insulated roof can also save you money on the property value of your home.
- Better air quality
Pollutants from outside such as dirt, smoke, mold, and radon are able to enter your home, but installing insulation can stop this process in its tracks. This will help keep the members of your home healthy and happy, and prevent issues like headaches, fatigue, and respiratory issues.
- Pest deterring
You have the option to install pest resistant insulation that can prevent pests from entering the attic as well as the rest of the home. Nobody wants mice, squirrels, or birds as roommates, so making sure your home is insulated is essential. Beyond that, if your insulation is old, it might already have pests living inside, which can be a health hazard.
What Is the Purpose of Roof Ventilation?
Roof ventilation is a system that allows air to circulate through the attic. Every home needs one, but not every homeowner puts them at the top of their minds. Similar to roof insulation, roof vents are able to protect your home. They share a variety of other benefits as well, like extending the life of the roof, regulating indoor temperatures, and reducing energy bills.
Roof ventilation is important for every climate. It works by clearing hot and wet air from the attic, which allows homeowners to regulate the temperature of their home all year. If a roof is well-ventilated, it will keep the temperature in the home comfortable. With the Texas heat, ventilation will work by clearing hot air from the attic. This will cool the house and reduce the cost of running air conditioners.
In order for a ventilation system to work properly, the air must be able to circulate, which can be accomplished through mechanical and natural methods. With the mechanical approach, there must be a power source with moving parts. With a natural approach, the air can flow through the attic with the stack and wind effect. The stack effect is when hot air rises into the attic and causes high pressure within the high points of the roof. When the wind hits the roof, it accelerates the intake and exhaust, which creates the wind effect. The most common types of roof ventilation include:
- Roof vent cap
Roof caps are essential components of a ventilation system. They prevent unwanted elements from seeping into a building. They can also provide a necessary escape for hot air, reduce the energy bills, and reduce the temperature in the attic to keep the home comfortable.
- Power vents
Power vents can give the ventilation system the ability to reject harmful substances from the home. They are essentially motors that power a large attic fan, which can keep you from having to use a system like a roof fan that runs frequently and costs extra money.
Top Home Insulation Tips
If you do not know much about home insulation, a good place to start is to be aware of where it is located. Insulation is installed in any barrier between heated and unheated places. This is why home insulation serves as a barrier around a home. The most vital place in the home for insulation is the attic. Our team is happy to help you fully understand how and why you should insulate your home and help you achieve this. Before we begin this process, we will need to take the following necessary steps:
- Fix leaky roof
If your roof is leaky, this will need to be fixed before we can proceed with the roof insulation. We will examine the roof for water stains, mold spots, and other signs of leaky spots.
- Box out light fixtures
Light fixtures should not touch or cover recessed cans or lights, or else it will create a fire hazard. There must be a gap of at least three inches around all light fixtures.
- Point all exhaust fans and vents to the exterior
Exhaust fans are used to pull excess moisture and unwanted odors out of a room or area. Humid exhaust air can get trapped in the insulation and ruin it.
To learn more about roof insulation and ventilation, call Hall Roofing and Construction at (512) 967-0823 or contact us online.