One of the most underappreciated ways to improve your energy efficiency is choosing the right type of attic insulation. You don’t have to be a professional roofing contractor to understand how insulating your attic helps keep you warm in winter and cool in summer. Unfortunately, not many homeowners pay much attention to this important aspect of their roofing system let alone be familiar with all the different kinds of insulation they can choose from.

With decades of experience in the roofing industry, our professionals at 1800 Rite Roof have helped numerous homes become more energy-efficient with proper attic insulation and ventilation. Here are a few pointers you need to keep in mind about how to approach this essential part of your roof.

R-Values

The Department of Energy has made comparing different products and materials easier with performance standards. One of these standards is the R-value and its main purpose is to measure the insulating ability of a product. In the roof repair and installation industry, experts choose R-values based on the climate of where your home is. In colder places like Wisconsin, it’s better to use insulation products with an R-value of 60 or greater to optimize your heating.

Types of Insulation

  • Batten insulation comes in rollable sheets and is designed to fit in between roofing joists and support beams. They are typically spun fiberglass but they can also be made from mineral wool or plastic. R-values can range from three to four per square feet, which scales impressively as roof sizes increase.

  • Loose-fill insulation is designed for attics with limited space. They are also made from fiberglass, mineral wool or cellulose. Loose-fill insulation can be manually spread to fill the space in your attic or they can be blown in by a machine for a more even application.

  • Sprayed foam is one of the best insulating materials available today but they are also the most expensive. They also require a professional roof maintenance and installation specialist to be applied properly.

At 1800 Rite Roof, we can help you improve your energy efficiency with the right type of insulation. Call us today at (262) 373-3800 or fill out our contact form to schedule a service appointment or request a free estimate. We serve homeowners in Milwaukee, WI, and other surrounding areas in Wisconsin.