Surviving the Winter: How Important is Roofing Installation?

Surviving the Winter: How Important is Roofing Installation?

26th December 2019

Several aspects go into constructing a building, and proper roof insulation is a key aspect. Many home and business owners often tend to overlook the importance of insulation in the longevity and energy-efficiency of their facility. In cold periods, like the winter, insulation serves to keep you warm and comfortable. Below is a list of some important benefits of a properly insulated roof.

1.    Saving Energy and Costs
Efficient insulation is essential to save energy and money. It helps trap the heat in the building, hence saving you the need for a furnace or reducing its consumption. This provides you with a comfortable interior temperature and save money. Statistics have shown that proper insulation can save up to 20% on energy costs. The recommended roof insulation ranges between R-20 and R-49, depending on factors such as climate. If you’re unsure of the required R-value of your building, you may consult a roofing expert to advise on your building’s R-value needs.   

2.    Enhanced Sustainability
Roof insulation is among the most popular energy-saving project you can implement inside your building. You’ll be contributing to the reduction of carbon footprint, hence realising a sustainable environment. It’s important to consider your safety during installation, inspection and maintenance of the insulation. Before work begins workers must ensure to have the right access equipment, such as safety ladders.

3.    Preventing Mould Growth
Winter could present a great deal of moisture in your building, for example humid air could be trapped under your roof. Without proper insulation the moisture can condensate on the interior framework, harbouring mould growth in the process. Proper insulation on the other hand, protects the building and air quality.  

4.    Long-Term Prevention
Rain and snow exposure could damage your roofing, which translates to roof failure and high costs of energy and repair. Poor roof insulation could cause heat to rise. This could effect snow melting on the roof, causing ice dams. Ice dams, moisture and condensation can lead to persistent damage in your building over time. Invest in the right insulation and you’ll enjoy several years of protection. 

5.    Improved Fire Safety
Fire is a great risk to any commercial building, even during winter. Poor or lack of insulation could encourage the ignition and spread of fire. Insulation can prevent your roofing material from igniting in the unfortunate event of a fire. However, ensure to use a fire-resistant insulation material for an extra layer of protection to your building.
 
The Bottom Line

Maintaining the optimal temperature for your facility has a lot of benefits - health, costs, and energy. It’s important to ensure proper installation and maintenance of adequate insulation to your roof. Crushed or saturated insulation could lose its ability to properly reduce thermal transfer. Regular inspection is paramount to detect and rectify any damaged insulation areas as soon as possible. 
When working on your roof’s insulation, consider factors like budget, roof drainage, deck elements, building codes, intended purpose of facility, geographic region of facility, and the type of roofing system.