This week we will look at insulation and how it relates to your home.
Insulation is a necessity in any home. Certain amounts and types of it are required by building codes and it can cost and / or save an owner big money over the long haul.
On flat and low slope roofs it needs to be considered in both new construction and in roof replacements.
Your building code will tell you how much insulation you need when you build something new and sometimes may dictate what to use when you are reroofing. An important thing to know is that when putting on a new roof, it is a good time to evaluate how your building is doing in the insulation department.
Make sure you consult your roofer when deciding what to install.
Roof insulation is designed to keep heat or cold in or out of the building effectively. Insulation is measured by R Value. This is a measurement of the resistance of a building material to heat flow. The more resistance to heat flow in the material, the higher the R Value will be.
The most commonly used roof insulation is a rigid board called polyisocyanurate insulation. It comes in different thicknesses and therefore different R Values.
If your building is too hot in the summer or too cold in the winter, adding more R Value on the roof may help.
For all your roofing needs do not hesitate to call my team at Class Eh! Roofing. We’d be more than happy to help you out!
Wayne Jeffreys is a native of Niagara-On-The-Lake and owner of Niagara based roofing company Class Eh Roofing!