A Brief Guide to Roofing Insulation

Roof insulation is a must-have in almost any climate, but roofing insulation in Colorado is an absolute necessity! To prevent heat loss and lower your heating bill, the easiest thing you can do is select adequate insulation for your roof or attic. Here we will discuss the benefits of a well-insulated home, types of insulation for your roof, and roof insulation FAQs and tips.

Why is Roofing Insulation Important for My Home?

Roofing insulation has been used for centuries. It has changed and adapted, but the purpose of it has always been to keep heat inside in the cooler months and outside in warmer months. Insulation of a roof is just as important as the outer material of your roof. Insulation is crucial for many reasons, but most importantly, it will help the longevity of your roofing system.

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Benefits of a Well-Insulated Home

When you are considering insulating your roof or attic, it is important to consider all the benefits that proper insulation provides. By controlling the internal temperature of your home or building, the insulation will reduce the need for additional energy usage. In turn, this saves on your energy costs!

In addition to energy savings, roofing insulation will add increased comfort to your home by staying warmer in the winter months and cooler in the summer months. Lastly, having proper roofing insulation will provide excellent damage prevention to your roofing system and your home.

Savings on Energy Costs

With cooler weather coming, Colorado families will be cranking their heat up over the next several months, leaving them with a high heating bill at the end of each month. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, 49% of a home's energy bill is spent on heating and cooling. With adequate insulation, you can expect to keep your heating and cooling bill lower than ever! The EPA estimates that the average homeowner can save 15% on heating and cooling costs by adding proper roofing and attic insulation. For most families, that can lead to a savings of about $200 per year!

Improved Comfort in the Home

Your home's safety and overall structural integrity rely greatly on your roof. To prevent damage to your home, the entire roofing system needs to be properly maintained and in great shape. If you don't maintain high-quality insulation in your home, you may see increased roof damage after major storms, including water damage, persistent roofing problems, poor air quality, and, as mentioned above, low energy efficiency.

Damage Prevention

There are many benefits to Fall weather coming in Colorado. The fall colors surrounding us are beautiful to look at, but with Fall comes cooler temperatures. There is no reason to be uncomfortable in your home with cooler weather coming! Keep the heat in during the winter months and the heat out during the summer months with upgraded insulation products. New insulation in your home will keep your home more comfortable and in turn, more enjoyable year-round.

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Types of Insulation for Your Roof

Once you've opted to finance your roofing project, the next step is to decide which of the many available financing options will work best for you. From fixed-rate loans that use your home's equity as collateral to straightforward personal loans and more, the wide range of loan options makes it simple to find a solution that fits your financial needs.

Spray Foam Insulation

Spray foam insulation in Colorado is beneficial for many reasons. With spray insulation, you don't need to worry about cutting your batting to fit between studs and joists and around plumbing. Spray foam insulation will fill all your gaps and ensure that you have no air leaks from your insulation! Depending on what kind of spray foam insulation you choose, Open-Cell foam or Closed-Cell foam, you can have an R-value ranging from 3.8 to 7 (per inch of thickness).

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Paying for your roofing project through insurance isn't technically financing, though it can be the ideal solution for a costly repair, as long as the damage to your roof is something covered by your homeowners' insurance policy. This is typically the first option you'd explore following severe roof damage and can produce the best financial result if everything goes as planned. However, if your insurance company denied your claim, a real financing plan may be your next best choice."¯ 

Batt Insulation

There are many benefits to consider when choosing batt insulation for your Colorado home. Batt insulation comes in several different thicknesses to help achieve optimal energy efficiency. Batt insulation, often called blanket insulation, typically consists of fiberglass, mineral wool, and even denim cotton. With R-values ranging from 2.2 - 4.3 per one-inch thickness, batt insulation can provide excellent insulation for your living space!

Fiberglass (Blown-In) Insulation

Blown-in fiberglass insulation is an excellent option for existing homes. It can be easily added to attics and walls without having to cut out large sections! Blown-in insulation seals small gaps as it settles and can fill spots that could otherwise allow air leaks to come into your home. In addition to creating an insulating blanket, blown-in insulation helps reduce sound from the outdoors to the indoors. When blown into attics and wall spaces, fiberglass insulation offers an average R-value of 2.5 per inch.

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Roof Insulation FAQs and Tips

When it comes to roofing insulation, there are several things you will want to consider. PRQ Exteriors can help answer your questions and offer tips when it comes to insulating your home! Contact us today for a free estimate!

How Long Can I Expect My Roof Insulation to Last?

Most attic and roofing insulation is said to last anywhere from 80 to 100 years. But professionals highly recommend replacing insulation every 15 years or so for the best energy efficiency results and effectiveness.

Should You DIY or Hire a Contractor for Roof Insulation? 

When it comes to insulating your home, there are some jobs that could be easily done by a homeowner, but others that you would want help from an experienced insulation expert. If you want to insulate a space that is open and easily accessible, you could likely install batt insulation yourself. However, any other type of insulation is best left to the experts to ensure effectiveness!

How Much Insulation Do I Need? 

Estimating insulation can be done with basic concepts and knowledge of how the insulation will be installed. Every type of insulation will be installed differently, requiring varying levels of thicknesses, etc.

The first thing you will want to know is what level of insulation you need. The U.S Department of Energy has established specific guidelines for the required R-values depending on where you are geographically located. To determine the amount of insulation that will be needed for your home, start by measuring the length and height of each of your walls. Multiply these numbers together to determine the amount of space that needs to be filled. Don't forget to also write down the spacing of your studs to determine which insulation is best for you!

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PRQ Exteriors is a Trusted Roofing Contractor in Colorado

If you are a Colorado homeowner in need of roofing insulation, PRQ Exteriors is here to help! We are a top-rated and trusted roofing contractor throughout Colorado.

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With nearly a decade of experience, PRQ Exteriors has been helping property owners with their roofing and insulation needs since 2014. With our expertise and knowledge in the roofing and insulation industry, you can rest assured that we will provide the best products and excellent customer service for your upcoming project! "¯

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To discover how PRQ Exteriors can help you with your next home improvement project from start to finish, contact us today for a free consultation and complimentary estimate. We'll work with you to identify your roofing needs and develop a plan to meet them head-on! 

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