Roofcorp is all about making efficient and green choices to both give a helping hand to your local environment as well as to help save you money. Unfortunately, there is a lot of misinformation that goes around when it comes to making the “green” choice when it comes to your roof and its counterpart, insulation. Insulation can be a part of the roofing system as a whole so let’s dispel some of these green myths so you don’t waste any time or money.
3 Green Roof Insulation Myths
More Insulation is Always Better
It makes sense right? The more insulation you have, the more energy-efficient your attic or crawl space will be. Unfortunately, you can’t solve all of your insulation woes by just adding more, it’s actually all about proper installation.
In order to get the most out of your insulation, you need to make sure that insulation is properly installed. This includes covering gaps and holes in areas such as roof penetrations, wiring, soffits and more. The insulation should be put in the right place and help limit air movement so as long as those parameters are covered, you can add more insulation for better protection. Properly installed insulation is better than more insulation.
You Should Always Go with “Green” Insulation
Insulation that is labelled “green” or “all natural” certainly looks appealing but again, its all about the proper install. Cellulose or recycled fabric insulation won’t make any differences unless you have a contractor install it that knows what they’re doing. If you can get a properly licensed and experienced contractor that utilizes green insulation materials, that’s great, but don’t have just anyone throw up some recycled insulation and claim that your roof and home are energy efficient now.
Reflective Insulation is Always Best
The appeal is certainly understandable. The shiny and reflective foil or bubble insulation must be excellent at repelling heat but that is not always the case. This insulation could prove useful at deflecting radiant heat if it used properly. Again, don’t coat the entirety of your attic in reflective insulation and expect your energy bill to drop. Choose a contractor that knows how to properly utilize reflective insulation to give you maximum benefits.
You should never be discouraged in looking for green building materials but you should also be smart about utilizing them. Getting a contractor that’s licensed and is experienced in using energy-efficient materials is the easiest way to get the best of both worlds.