Many home improvement projects like a gutter installation or roof replacement are straightforward. You’re aware why certain things are necessary and you know what needs to be done. For other things, however, things are rarely cut and dry. One such example is attic insulation.

To start with, not many people understand the importance of proper and adequate ventilation in their attics. This has bred plenty of myths and misconceptions about this important part of your roof. Let our roofing professionals at Meredith Home Improvements shed some light on this heavily misunderstood yet essential part of your home.

Insulation Means Warmth

This is less of a myth and more of an incomplete truth. Most roofing contractors will tell you that yes, insulation does help keep you warm during colder months. However, it also helps keep you cool during hot summer days. Insulation is all about containing heat which means a properly insulated attic will always keep the heat on the right side of your home depending on the season.

Insulation Is Enough

Because warm air rises, the attic becomes a hub for almost all hot air currents in your home. Insulation helps keep this circulation contained, but without ventilation, you could be looking at an extremely humid attic. The increased humidity can lead to water and moisture damage on the underside of your roof deck, resulting in more serious problems.

Right and Wrong Type of Insulation

Attic insulation depends largely on what type of insulation you’re using but understanding the differences between these different types means understanding certain performance standards. One of the most important standards to learn is U-values and they determine just how much heat your attic insulation will transmit. A roofing professional can help you determine the right U-values as well as the correct type of insulation you will need for your home.

Find a wide variety of insulation materials to keep your attic in good shape at Meredith Home Improvements, your leading provider of roofing services. Give us a call at (412) 203-8129 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and get a free quote today.