Tuesday, January 2, 2018

Consult With An Atlanta Roofer To Save Money

By Andrew B. Spates

Ensuring that a building has the proper amount of insulation is one of the most effective ways to control energy costs. Without enough insulation, a building may lose heat through the walls and roof causing energy bills to skyrocket out of control. With help from a qualified Atlanta roofer, any residential or commercial property owner can save money on heating and cooling year round.

When the heater is running during the winter, the warm air from the building's interior flows naturally toward the outside where the air is cooler. During the summer when the air conditioner is on, the warm air outside attempts to flow inside. Insulation provides a physical barrier to disrupt the flow of hot air keeping the interior warmer or cooler depending on the time of year.

The insulation's density, type of material and thickness determines its level of resistance. The industry measures the resistance by a standard called the R-value. The higher the thermal resistance of an insulation product, the higher its R-value will be.

R-value standards for buildings are determined by the Department of Energy. The most important factor in assigning R-value standards is the climate. A building in a region with a mild climate requires insulation with a lower R-value. Conversely, buildings that experience extreme temperatures require insulation with a higher R-value.

Because attics frequently have poor insulation and are rarely heated or cooled, they lack energy efficiency. When it is cold outside, the attic will be about the same temperature as it is outdoors. When it is hot outside the attic may be between 30 and 40 degrees warmer. Adding the proper amount of insulation reduces heat loss and increases efficiency.

A reputable roofing contractor has the knowledge and tools to determine if a building's insulation meets the current standards. Because the DOE adjusts the standards occasionally, an older building may not have as much insulation as it needs. Adding more is a relatively simple process that pays for itself with lower energy costs year round.

A local roofer can inspect the existing insulation and determine if more is necessary. The three most popular types of insulation are foam, fiberglass, and cellulose. The roofing expert can assist the consumer in choosing the right type. With the right insulation, building owners will save money on monthly energy bills. Increasing the building's energy efficiency has the added benefit of saving wear and tear on the heating and cooling system.

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