When the weather outside is pleasant and the temperature is moderate, your home’s internal temperature is easy to keep comfortable. But when the thermostat climbs during the summer months, the temperature inside your home might not be as consistent. Even mild discomfort can become extreme once winter rolls back around, especially here in Michigan where winters can mean below-freezing temperatures for months on end.
If your home has hot and cold spots or your energy bills are higher than expected, your home may need an insulation upgrade. In this post, our experienced insulation contractors at J&J Roofing in Roseville will break down what you need to know when upgrading your home’s insulation. When you’re ready for an insulation update, give us a call for a quote on your insulation project.
Is it Time for an Upgrade?
High-performance insulation is key to keeping your home’s energy costs down and your bills affordable throughout the year. One of the most common insulation problems is having inadequate insulation.
Insulation should be evenly distributed throughout your attic. Unevenly distributed insulation can also impact your home’s comfort level and reduce the effectiveness of your heating and cooling system. Some insulation problems may be obvious upon a simple visual inspection, but an experienced insulation contractor can conduct an audit and assess the efficacy of your insulation.
Another reason to upgrade your insulation is to add value now while planning for the future. Energy experts are predicting energy costs will continue to rise in the future, making energy savings more important than ever.
There are three main types of home insulation products:
● Spray foam
Deciding How Much Insulation You Need
When deciding how much insulation you need, adding too much insulation is unnecessary. Once you’ve hit the maximum level of insulation needed for your home, there’s no benefit in going over. At the same time, installing inadequate insulation is a waste of money.
The best rule of thumb is to trust an experienced contractor. An insulation contractor can recommend the right type of insulation for your home and will know where insulation upgrades are most needed. A professional contractor can also help you identify and remove harmful asbestos, which was commonly found in homes more than a few decades old.
The Importance of R-Value
R-value is the term used to discuss an insulation’s thermal performance ability. A higher R-value does a more effective job of controlling heat flow. Factors influencing a material’s R-value include its natural conductivity and thickness. Older homes may require a higher R-value than newer ones manufactured with modern home construction materials. An insulation contractor can help you determine the recommended R-value for your housing material and region.
Michigan Home Insulation Contractors
If you spent last winter either shivering under layers of blankets and sweaters or shifting between cold spots and too-hot ones, you need better insulation. At J&J Roofing, we can help you decide on the right insulation and R-value for your home so you’ll be comfortable winter, spring, summer, and fall.
To keep our community and neighbors safe during the COVID-19 crisis, we’re offering online consultations. Give us a call and connect with a member of our team at 586-445-6455 or contact us online to schedule your online consultation and learn about insulation options for your home.