When the temperature goes up, it is important to make sure that your attic is properly insulated. Proper insulation makes sure that the heat that goes to the attic, goes somewhere else (like back outside). Otherwise, heat will soon penetrate the rest of the house, making it more uncomfortable than it should be for you and your family.
When it comes to proper insulation, there are various methods that you can use. Each method differs from each other in terms of installation, price, and energy efficiency. Therefore, it is up to you to choose how to properly insulate your attic and make your summer fun as it should be!
Injection Foam Insulation
Air conditioning inside the house sometimes does not work when the temperature outside is too high. Without the injection foam insulation, heat can easily penetrate through the walls of your home, rising the temperature inside.
What happens during installation is that a liquid foam is pumped into the walls of your attic. The whole space should be completely filled, leaving no gaps behind. The foam then hardens several seconds after it being pumped into its place.
Just make sure that the injection foam insulation is properly installed so it can create an airtight seal to make sure that air infiltration is reduced. Do contact a roofing specialist if you want injection foam insulation around your attic.
Install a Fan in the Attic
You have two options for an attic fan: a roof-mounted fan or a wall-mounted fan.
- To install a roof-mounted fan, you will have to remove roof shingles of the roof, cut an opening where you are going to install the fan and put the shingles back around the fan’s base.
- On the other hand, wall-mounted fans are relatively easier to install. You can put it on an existing gable vent. Shingles need not be removed anymore during installation.
If your chosen fan seems like a lot of work to install, you can always contact a professional to do it for you.
Use Reflective Roofs
Using reflective roofs tackles the problem of heat entering your attic where it begins: in the roof. After all, most of the heat that enters the attic comes from what is absorbed by the roof. Change the color of your roof shingles to white. White shingles reflect most of the solar radiation and can make the air inside your attic cooler.
There are studies comparing the attic temperature of houses with white shingles and those with gray or darker colored shingles. It was noted that the temperature in the attic of those with white shingles are about 20° F lower than those with darker colored shingles.
Proper insulation is especially important during hotter days, especially during summer when the heat outside can become unbearable. If you have questions on how to properly insulate the attic of your homes, contact a roofing professional who can answer your questions and deal with your insulation problems.
Written by True Son Exteriors, the best contractor for roofing in Columbia, MO.