You may not think about the insulation in your attic often, but it plays an important role! When it starts to break down and deteriorate, more than just your attic is affected. A wide range of problems can spring up when your attic is not properly insulated.
- Warm Roof Temperature
Just as attic insulation plays a pivotal role in keeping the cold out, it also is important for keeping your heat in! When your attic is not properly insulated, warm temperatures from your home can heat up your roof. While this may not seem like a big issue, it can cause lots of problems when the outdoor temperature dips below freezing. Snow or ice that falls on a warm roof will melt until it reaches your gutters and eaves where it will refreeze. This can form ice dams, a ride of icicles that build up along the gutters and prevent water from running off the roof as it normally does. By increasing your attic insulation, you can prevent your roof from becoming too warm and ice dams from forming.
- Fluctuating Indoor Temperatures
When insulation shifts or deteriorates, the outdoor temperatures can enter your attic more easily and cause your home’s heating and cooling system to struggle to regulate the indoor temperature. If you are always cold in your house during the winter or notice the indoor temperature fluctuates drastically, check your attic! Sometimes it may just be that you need some extra batting in a certain area.
- High Energy Costs
Your attic insulation should be one of the items you check when you notice energy costs on your utility bill rising. A poorly insulated attic in the winter can contribute greatly to the cost of heating your home. If you think your attic insulation needs replacing, contact a local roofing contractor. Whether you choose regular batting material or blown-in insulation products, a professional can help you ensure the best protection for your attic, roof, and overall home this winter.