When most homeowners think of an attic, they most likely think about storing unwanted items, family heirlooms, and holiday decorations. A home’s attic serves a far more important purpose than housing belongings. An attic is actually part of a house’s roofing system and protects the rest of your home from extreme cold, heat, and humidity. If an attic isn’t insulated adequately, it can’t protect your house.
According to the North American Insulation Manufacturers Association (NAIMA), 90% of homes in the United States are under-insulated. That means 90% of homes are wasting energy, money, and battling living in discomfort. Homeowners who are not sure if they should invest in insulation for their attic should consider the significant benefits listed below:
One of the most noticeable benefits of a properly insulated roof is the lower utility bills. When an attic has an adequate amount of insulation, the cost to heat and cool a home is less. Some homeowners report an average savings of $780 per year.
Depending on the age of your home, you may experience drafts caused by subpar attic insulation. When a home has drafts, the HVAC unit has to work overtime to maintain the set temperature. The harder it works to counteract any drafts, the more likely it is to experience premature damage or breakdown because it is working harder than intended. Adding insulation to the attic prevents the HVAC unit from going into overdrive and requiring extra maintenance and care.
Lack of insulation in the attic makes room for harmful elements to find their way indoors like smog, dust, dirt, and mildew. Overtime, these airborne pollutants can impact the quality of air you and your family are breathing in daily. Having the right insulation in an attic minimizes these from taking over the air inside a home.
As we stated earlier, the attic is actually a component of your home’s roofing system. Having the right amount of insulation keeps the temperatures in the attic cool which prevents shingles from cracking or swelling. Keeping shingles in the top-quality shape is essential because once they are damaged, they can allow moisture to seep inside the attic and cause mold to grow.
The next time you think about your home’s attic, consider how long it has been since you inspected the insulation and checked for potential leaks. By working with a roofing professional, you will be able to identify how much additional insulation your attic needs to perform better.
When you hire the roofing team at Bealing Roofing & Exteriors, you can trust that we will be honest, open, and willing to talk about all of your roofing needs.