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Are you wondering about your home’s insulation factor? Does it seem like you’re paying higher heating and cooling bills than you should be? Are certain rooms cold in your home while others stay nice and warm? Insulation should keep our homes from leaking out warmed and cooled air. Unfortunately, many homeowners go for years with missing insulation. And some have insulation in all the right places, but it just isn’t enough.

If you have a home that leaks your treated air out, you need to have a roofing contractor inspect the attic. Even a small hole or crack near the edges will leak out a good portion of air. Missing insulation is also a sure cause of ice dams. Since the temperature is warmer on most of the roof and cold in that one spot near the roof edge, ice will form a dam in that area. The Burton Roofing experts at Good’s Roofing, want to give you some information about insulation. Here are a few key things you need to know.

How To Tell If You Need More Insulation

An inspection by a professional will find missing insulation in places that are difficult to detect. You may have thermal imaging done or some other method of detection. The roofing contractor will also know what the existing insulation is rated for. If it’s older, you may need to add more because it simply doesn’t work well.

Other than a professional, take a look at your insulation and take a ruler with you. If you have 12 inches or more, you may be fine. But remember if the old insulation isn’t doing its job or if it’s missing along the edges, you will need more. If there is insulation is less than 12″ thick, you’ll need more.

Check The Insulation For Moisture

Insulation will do little good if moisture is making its way into your attic. If your insulation is damp or wet, there is a moisture problem. You would do well to have the ventilation system in the attic checked.

Insulation Probably Needs To Be Added If You Have These Problems:

>> High energy bills compared to normal for square footage
>> Cold outer walls
>> Cold areas of the home
>> Drafts near floorboards
>> Wet insulation
>> Ice dams or icicles along roof edge
>> Walls that are colder than others
>> Cold areas near corners or where ceiling meets walls

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