Roof insulation is often overlooked by most people, but making a smart decision about the right insulation for your house can provide comfort and save money. According to the Environmental Protection Agency, homeowners can save approximately 15% on their annual utility bills by properly insulating their homes.
When it comes to building a new home or upgrading your current insulation, there are various types of insulation to choose from. The selection of insulation depends on several factors, such as your location, budget, and the existing insulation you plan to retain.
Understanding R-Values of Roof Insulation
The R-Value measures the effectiveness of insulation in preventing heat transfer. It determines how well insulation can retain heat inside the home during colder days and keep it out during hotter days. Insulations with R-Values below R30 are considered to have lower insulation capabilities, while an R-Value of at least R60 is recommended for maximum insulation.
All-Star Roofing provides a helpful map to assist homeowners in selecting the appropriate insulation for their specific region. The map indicates the recommended R-Value for each area. For instance, in Florida, it is suggested that homeowners use insulation with a minimum R-Value of R30.
The Best Roofs Insulation Types
Spray Foam Insulation
Spray foam insulation is a mixture of polyurethane, latex, or both, that is evenly sprayed onto the undersides of roof tiles, slates, and decks. This type of insulation serves the dual purpose of providing thermal insulation and sealing cracks in your home, effectively preventing moisture infiltration. It can be utilized to insulate the entire home or specific areas that are prone to moisture buildup. The cost of fully insulating an attic with spray foam insulation is estimated at $10,000.
- Insulation that lasts longer than fiberglass
- Seals gaps, and is resistant to moisture
- Insulation with higher R-values
- Costlier than fiberglass or blown-in insulation
- Professional installation is required
The fiberglass batt blanket is a widely used insulation option due to its ease of installation. It comes in various sizes and R-values, providing flexibility for different needs. While it can be cut to fit around ceiling joists or rafters, it does not provide the same level of sealing as spray foam insulation. The average cost of fiberglass batt insulation ranges between $500 and $1,500.
- Buy and DIY easily
- Moisture resistant
- A lower R-Value indicates lower energy efficiency.
- Optimal insulation may necessitate multiple layers.
- Installation may lead to skin, eye, and lung irritation.
Blown-in or Loose-Fill Insulation
Loose-fill insulation, composed of recycled or fiberglass materials, can be blown into spacious areas such as attics. Its flexible tube enables easy access to hard-to-reach places. The amount of insulation can be adjusted according to your climate needs. Costs typically range from $1,750 to $5,550.
Fiberglass insulation is non-combustible, but it is less suitable for colder climates. On the other hand, cellulose insulation is flammable; however, it is better suited for colder climates. Additionally, cellulose insulation tends to be more durable than fiberglass.
- Control R-Value
- Fits in difficult-to-reach spaces or can fill more space
- It is possible to DIY
- Safety precautions are required when installing
- Can deflate over time
- Can retain moisture
Structural Insulated Panels
Structural insulated panels (SIPs) resemble plywood and consist of rigid insulation sandwiched between them. Retrofitting them can be challenging, but they are a favored choice for new homes. The average cost per square foot ranges from 10 to 12 dollars. When installed properly, SIPs have the potential to significantly decrease energy expenses.
- Can support weight up to 70lbs per sq. foot
- Reduce utility costs by reducing energy consumption
- Custom sizes and shapes are available
- Professional installation is required
- Installing during construction is the best option.
- Protected from moisture
Rigid Insulation Boards
Rigid board insulation is typically employed for insulating the walls of living spaces rather than attics. It can be crafted from materials such as polyisocyanurate (polyiso), extruded polystyrene, or expanded polystyrene. The R-Value and cost of the rigid insulation board will vary based on the chosen material. Generally, higher R-Value options tend to be more expensive. The average cost falls within the range of $4,500 to $15,500.
- It is possible to obtain a high R-value
- The right space is DIY-friendly
- Energy efficient
- Insulation for unfinished attics is not ideal
- Installing expensively in large spaces
- Typically, fire retardants are treated with chemicals that may have adverse health effects.
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