Pay attention to your attic if you want an energy-efficient home while keeping your roof healthy.
That way, if you’re wondering if you need a new roof installed or a roof repaired you know you’re well-prepared either way.
Garvey Roofing installs and repairs roofs for all seasons and that includes your attic since it’s key to keeping your home comfortable in all types of weather. During the summer’s hottest days, attic insulation prevents heat from transferring into your home. In the winter, insulation keeps the warmer air inside where you want it.
Keeping the air flowing in your attic is important, too, since airflow reduces the attic’s temperature during the blazing days and helps reduce moisture build-up in the winter.
Read on and learn what your attic needs.
Easy Ways to Improve Attic Ventilation
You might have gable vents built into the side of your home, as many have in neighborhoods where homes were built in the 1950s and 1960s.
These are static and don’t do much to rid the attic of heat when the outside temperatures hit the upper 90s or into the low 100s. During winter rains, they don’t do much to let air circulate and dry out the attic.
So, what improvements can you make?
Low profile vents installed strategically on your roof can provide a few different places for heat in the attic to rise up and out in the summer and aid circulation when those December through February rains hit.
Garvey Roofing will install an electric attic fan that’s programmed to kick on when your attic reaches a certain temperature, like 100 degrees. That can happen when the outside temperature is in the low 90s, which it is quite often from April through late October in the San Gabriel Valley.
Of course, if your roof is shaded by surrounding trees then the attic fan won’t have as much a need to kick on. The smallest fans can work well for attics taking up to 2,000 to 2,200 square feet and usually cost less than $ 125 at Home Depot.
Thomas Garvey, owner of Garvey Roofing, says that the smaller fans last longer, too, than larger ones that will cost over $ 150 to $ 200.
These small improvements can make major changes in your home’s comfort.
Control Your Attic’s Airflow
Insulation is important and is what we commonly think about when we want to improve the attic.
Garvey Roofing will blow in 16” of Insulsafe insulation from CertainTeed. It will:
- Last for the life of the home and won’t settle or clump
- Controls heat transfer—meaning that it keeps summer heat out and winter heat in
- Seals air leaks
- Moisture management
- Acoustics (controlling sound waves, too)
A properly insulated attic lets your heating and air conditioning work as efficiently as possible.
How much money will you save by insulating your attic?
Realtor.com reports that insulation can reduce heating bills by 30 percent.
How do you know if you need attic insulation?
Look for exposed joists in the attic and compressed, or flat, layers of insulation. It’s not able to trap the air effectively like newer, blown in material.
A roof is more than plywood and shingles or tile. It’s a complete system that protects your home from the weather while keeping the interior comfortable.
Contact Garvey Roofing
Get free estimates on attic insulation, gutters, roof repairs or a new roof.
Call (626) 358-9208.
Thomas Garvey has been roofing in local cities like San Gabriel, Alhambra and Pasadena for over thirty years and has four licenses including a C-2 Insulation license through the Contractors State License Board.
He guarantees all labor and materials—a unique guarantee in the roofing industry. He’s confident in his work and his team’s ability.
Like Thomas says, “When it rains and the winds blow, my phone doesn’t ring.”