Proper Attic Insulation Helps Your Roof

It takes more than durable roofing shingles to make your roof perform well.

In order to maximize your roof’s performance and durability, you need a complete roofing system, including ventilation and insulation products.

These elements work together to provide additional comfort and help to extend the life of your roof, save money on heating and cooling costs, and reduce greenhouse gas emissions. By combining attic insulation with a balanced ventilation system, excessive household moisture and heat can be controlled. As a result, the proper conditions and temperature are better maintained in the attic and on the roof deck throughout the year. Without proper ventilation and insulation, heat and moisture that is trapped in the attic can potentially cause significant damage to your roof and home, such as ice dams, premature roofing material failure, wet wood, metal rust, mold, mildew, and interior damage. Heat is transferred from warmer areas to colder areas until the temperature is the same in both places. During the winter, heat travels from heated indoor spaces to adjacent unheated spaces, such as your attic, garage, basement, and even outside in the open air. Insulation works by preventing the flow of heat from transferring from one area to another by providing resistance to the flow of heat. Basically, insulation is what keeps your interior rooms that are heated warm and cozy while preventing heat from escaping to areas that are cooler and unheated. This application works in reverse in the summer months, with insulation helping to control airflow and contain your cooled air. Properly installed attic insulation is good for your roof, your budget, and the planet. Insulating your attic is one of the most effective things you can do to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.