Are you struggling with higher-than-usual utility bills? How about suffering from mysterious allergy symptoms? Both of these occurrences are potential signs that your attic insulation is in desperate need of augmentation or replacement. At Keyprime Roofing, we know adequate insulation is critical for the energy-efficiency and comfort of your home, which is why, in addition to our roofing services, we install comprehensive attic insulation. Today, we’re here to discuss a few signs that it might be time to contact an insulation contractor to inspect your attic. If you’re struggling with any of the following issues, don’t hesitate to give our team a call.
Rising Energy Bills
Have your heating and cooling costs gradually grown out of control? If you can’t seem to locate the culprit, perhaps it’s time to inspect your attic. When your attic insulation is insufficient, your house cannot retain warm or cool air, which causes your HVAC system to work harder and longer than necessary to maintain an appropriate indoor temperature. If high energy costs have been plaguing your household for months, an insulation contractor can inspect your existing attic insulation and recommend an appropriate, cost-effective solution.
Ice Dam Formation During Winter
You know those massive icicles that form around the edges of your home throughout the winter? They might make your property look like a gorgeous winter wonderland, but they’re not doing anything for the structure of your home—in fact, they’re likely damaging it. Massive icicle formation is a characteristic sign of ice dam formation, which is terrible for the health of your roof. What causes ice dam formation? Most commonly, inadequate attic insulation. Here’s how the process works:
● As your HVAC system heats your home, heat naturally rises toward the ceiling.
● If the roof contains too little insulation, heat gradually travels into the attic, where it slowly begins to warm the wood beneath the shingles.
● Heat then transfers to the roof shingles, where it begins to melt the snow on the roof.
● As the snow melts, water slowly travels down the roof’s slope until it reaches the edge of the roof, which doesn’t receive heat from warm attic air.
● Once the water reaches areas of the roof that are still 32°F or below, it re-freezes, forming a sheet of ice.
● Water continues to travel down the roof, re-freezing as it reaches cooler areas. This process builds a massive sheet of ice along the edges of the roof, behind which further snowmelt (water) accumulates.
● As water pools behind this large sheet of ice, it slowly begins to deteriorate the areas of the roof on which it settles.
For the health of your roof and home, if you’ve noticed massive icicle development or sheets of ice on your roof over the last winter, it’s high time you contact an insulation contractor to inspect your attic. If the majority of your insulation is still intact, a simple solution may be to augment the existing insulation rather than replacing the entire lot.
Random Room Temperatures
If your house features an HVAC system, it’s designed to distribute warm and cool air evenly throughout your home. So, if you noticed certain rooms are always warmer or cooler than others, there’s a high chance you have an insulation issue in your attic. Because heat naturally travels upward, if your attic has inadequate insulation, that heat can easily escape through your ceiling and out your rooftop.
If you can’t seem to maintain a consistent temperature throughout your home, it’s probably time to contact an insulation contractor for an inspection and insulation upgrade. Fortunately, more modern spray foam insulation can last upwards of 80 years, which means you’ll never have to replace it as long as you own your home.
Persistent Allergy Symptoms
Does anyone in your home struggle with mysterious indoor allergy symptoms? You may be surprised to learn your attic insulation may be the culprit. When moisture enters your home through your roof, it can permeate your attic insulation, causing microorganism growth. If significant mold and mildew are allowed to proliferate, eventually, those health-harming substances will make their way into your home’s interior air. Since approximately 40% of the air you and your family breathe comes into contact with your attic, you may be unknowingly inhaling harmful toxins on a daily basis.
To alleviate the issue, first contact a certified insulation contractor to perform a thorough inspection of your attic. If your contractor detects the presence of mold, you’ll need to replace the attic insulation in its entirety to ensure there’s no chance of further mold proliferation. And, if mold has developed in your insulation, you’ll also need to meet with a roofing contractor who can inspect your roof for leaks that may be allowing moisture to enter your home.
Need New Insulation? Contact Keyprime Roofing Today
If you’re in the market for better attic insulation in the Twin Cities metro area, don’t hesitate to contact Keyprime Roofing. Our certified roofing contractors specialize in roof repair and replacement as well as attic insulation, so you can rest assured that your home is well-protected from the outside elements.
We also specialize in siding installation, gutter installation, new windows, and new doors, so whatever your home renovation needs may entail, we have the experience, products, and service you need to get the job right. To learn more about our home renovation services, give our team a call at 952-426-0132, or feel free to message us on our contact page. You can also fill out this form to request your free service estimate.