At this time of year, many property owners start to think about how they can keep their home as warm as possible, especially if you’ve encountered issues such as a storm damaged roof. However, don’t forget about your roof insulation as it’s often one of the areas overlooked when it comes to creating an energy-efficient home.
Here’s everything you need to know about roofing insulation.
How Homes Lose Heat
Heat energy can be lost through many different areas of the home, including the walls, floors and windows, so you must reduce the chances of this happening if you don’t want your energy bills to skyrocket in the colder months of the year. According to the Energy Saving Trust, almost a quarter of the heat lost in an uninsulated home is through its roof. By insulating your attic spaces, loft and roofing, it’s one of the easiest ways to reduce heat loss through this part of your property.
What Is Roof Insulation?
There are many types of roof insulation on the market, so speak to your local roofer about what they offer. If your roof needs replacing, they may even be able to recommend some of the best insulating roof materials, such as RubberBond FleeceBack™ EPDM. The benefits of loft and roof insulation include ease of installation, keeping heat inside your home and minimising the cost of energy bills.
It’s a worthwhile investment as high-quality insulation can last for decades, so hopefully, you’ll only need to install it once. If you also install loft insulation, it’s useful to keep in mind that this could make the space cooler by stopping heat escaping from living spaces. Therefore, to prevent damp and condensation issues forming, ensure you have effective roof ventilation.
Flat Roofing Insulation
Flat roof insulation is often different from the methods used for pitched roofs, due to the nature of its structure. Flat roofing is usually insulated from above rather than from the inside. Many people choose this type of roof insulation when they replace their flat roof with a more waterproof material.
Building Regulations for Roof Insulation
If you’re investing in a replacement roof, all new installations must comply with Building Regulations. This includes meeting minimum energy values set out in the Approved Documents, including the level of insulation required. For pitched roofs, insulation can be fitted between ceiling joists or between rafters (where there’s no ceiling) with the thickness depending on the material selected. It’s also advised that any new loft insulation doesn’t block ventilation points at the eaves, and if your roof has no ceiling, the ridge should have vent tiles installed to help with airflow through the space.
Looking for a roofing specialist?
If you’re looking for a roofing expert in South London and Surrey areas such as Ewell, Roehampton and Twickenham, speak to South Thames Roofing. We have a range of expertise on board to help with different roof issues, including finding the most energy-efficient roofing materials for your home. For free advice, get in touch.