Do You Have Enough Insulation?

Do You Have Enough Insulation?Improving the roof insulation in your home carries many benefits. It makes your home more energy efficient, which means it costs less to heat it and–more importantly for people here in Florida–to cool it.

You might be asking, “Wait, isn’t my current insulation good enough?”

Not necessarily. You see, Florida building codes only demand R-19 insulation in your attic. Since most builders want to cut costs, most homeowners are living in homes with the bare minimum of insulation they need to meet those codes.

It’s not that they’re trying to cheat you or anything. It’s just most builders don’t see why they should pay extra to save you money on your energy bills when the law doesn’t demand it of them.

The R-value of insulation, by the way, is the measure of how good the insulation is at doing its job. The higher the R-value, the stronger the insulation.

Here at Done Rite Insulation, we recommend R-34 insulation. R-34 insulation does the best job of handling our hot Florida summers.

How much money can you save? It depends on your home, of course, but Houselogic reports savings of 10% to 50%. That means your insulation could start to pay for itself pretty quickly.

As mentioned in last week’s blog post, you’ll get the most benefit out of your insulation by updating it the next time you upgrade your roof. This is because we’ll be able to get at every nook and cranny of your attic space.

However, if you’re not planning on updating your roof any time soon you can still update your roof insulation. A brand new roof shouldn’t stop you. We’ll still be able to hit most of your attic spaces, and you’ll still reap most of the benefits of getting the right insulation in your home.

That big pink roll may not be one of the most exciting or sexy purchases you make this year, but it will be one of the most useful. Call us for an estimate today.

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