Calgary Roofing Tips for Proper Insulation
Summer is a great time to ensure your roof is in top-notch condition for our impending winter. Did you know that Calgary roofs face more distinct damage due to freezing and thawing conditions over the colder months? This is partially due to the fluctuating weather cycles that accompany winter weather. Subsequently, leaks can occur due to ice dams forming from continuous reliance on our furnaces combined with improper ventilation. If you have roof damage from last season; now is the perfect time to address all of your roofing woes. Untreated issues can lead to exorbitant heating bills, unnecessary heat loss and mold issues. Claw Roofing in Calgary can assess your roofing concerns and provide timely solutions.
Save Money On Utilities This Winter
Proper insulation goes a long way for ensuring the proper airflow within your roof. When we look at roof repairs, we assess your current insulation and see if it is contributing to excess condensation and moisture. Older homes and buildings often do not have adequate insulation based on current standards. Typically, we see an increase in oil and natural gas prices over the winter. Therefore, addressing your roof insulation and repairs during our warmer and drier months is ideal. Call Claw Roofing today to book an estimate and let’s take care of your roofing concerns while the weather is at its’ best. Our crews can get the job done much faster when they are not competing with ice and snow. Obtaining solutions now will save you money by maximizing your home or office efficiency while reducing maintenance and installation costs; compared to addressing concerns in the heart of winter. Conversely, you will be ahead of the game for next years’ cooling and air conditioning needs. Improving heating and cooling loss from your roofline will benefit you every season.
Types of Insulation Materials
An unfinished attic can dramatically influence the health and well-being of your home. Batt filling or loose fill are traditionally the most common ways to secure your insulation needs; however, spray foam insulation is on the rise. Our dedicated team can assess your needs and provide you with a quote to help you decide on the most practical and efficient route to take.
Loose Fill Options
Loose fill relies on special equipment and is often blown into place as per specific density and depth requirements, depending on the R-value you are aiming for. Available in fibreglass (R-value per inch 2.2-2.7), cellulose (R-value 3.2-3.8), and mineral wool (R-value 3.0-3.3), there are different pros and cons to each material. Typically, loose fill works best for attics that have many penetrations and obstructions or those with non-standard or irregular joist spacing. Loose fill is commonly preferred in low-clearance attic spaces where there is minimal headroom for installers.
Fire Resistance Factor and Safety Concerns
While mineral wool offers higher fire protection, it is one the more expensive insulation choices. Cellulose is the most widely used blow-in material; however, it can become moldy if there are any moisture concerns. Claw Roofing conducts a full analysis prior to insulating to address any damage, leaks or water concerns prior to insulation. If you have an older home (built prior to 1990), it may still have asbestos insulation. We recommend booking removal ASAP to keep your family and employees safe and healthy.
Available in standard widths of varying thickness, batt insulation is made to fit in between the studs or joists of the framing. There are a variety of products on the market. including some that come with a foil or paper facing to act as a vapour barrier. Batt insulation can be layered to achieve the desired R-value. This insulation works for attic locations that have standard joist spacing and sufficient headroom for manoeuvring the product into place. The fibreglass R-value per inch comes in at 2.9-4.3, cellulose R-value per inch is 3.7-3.8 and mineral wool batts range from 3.0-3.3. Cotton batts are more expensive due to their construction and ability to counteract noise transmission and offer an R-value of 3.7-3.8.