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Attic Insulation

Attic insulation is something most home owners often overlook. That's bad news, because your attic could be costing you a lot of money, both in energy and in the potential for damage to your roof.

Poor insulation means higher energy bills. Your home's attic is outside the building envelope of the house. It acts as a buffer between the living area and the roof. Proper insulation keeps heat from escaping through the roof of the home during winter months.  Properly insulated attics will also slow the movement of cool air into the attic and provide your family with the comfort of a cool living space here on the Jersey Shore during the summer. 

Five Signs of Inadequate Insulation

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Here are some of the major signs that your attic lacks the proper insulation:

  • Attic floor joists are visible above the insulation, or the insulation is less than 10 inches deep.
  • Areas of the house that are much warmer or much colder than other rooms.
  • Ceilings or walls that are warm in the summer and cold in the winter.
  • High energy bills during the heating or cooling seasons.
  • Bare patches on your roof when other homes nearby are covered in snow or ice.

Hidden Dangers of a Warm Attic

According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, warm air in the attic during the winter can actually damage your roof. Here's why: warmth from the attic melts snow on the roof. As the snowmelt runs down, it reaches the eaves, which extend beyond the attic. This is colder, so the water freezes, forming a ridge called an ice dam.

Now when snow melts above the attic, the water has nowhere to go. It gets forced up under the shingles, where it can seep through the underlayment and work its way into the roof deck. Over time, this leads to hidden leaks and conditions conducive to mold growth resulting in costly repairs.

How much insulation is enough?

In the Jersey Shore area, the EPA's Energy Star program recommends adding R38 insulation to an attic that already has three to four inches of insulation, and up to R60 to an uninsulated attic. These levels help the attic do its job properly. The floor of the attic should also be insulated with R30 insulation.

Insulate to Isolate

Modern homes are designed to have different systems that protect the structure and the inhabitants. The area your family lives in is the building envelope, and it should be closed off from other areas such as the crawlspace and attic. This keeps the heat in the living area, where it's needed. We use encapsulated insulation, which produces less dust and helps reduce moisture build up.

Contact Jersey Shore for your New Jersey Insulation Needs

Jersey Shore Crawlspace isn't just about what's under your house. Our goal is to keep your home safe and comfortable from top to bottom. Contact us to schedule an Attic Evaluation today!