Having insulation for your home is incredibly important, and a very important way to ensure that you minimize your carbon footprint and your energy bill at the end of each month. Insulation basically refers to any material used in a property to trap heat and to keep it in the building. If you have insulation in your floor for instance then this will prevent the hot air from escaping. At the same time this simultaneously prevents the cold air from getting in to your property. You also get insulation in wall cavities and other parts of properties.
Insulation in the roof or floor is particularly important however because it will prevent the warm air from escaping through the top of your home. This is an important precaution as anyone with a little bit of scientific knowledge should remember that heat rises to areas of lower pressure. If you don’t have insulation then your heat will simply fill the house, and then rise up and out of the home into the night…
Another reason that roof or floor insulation is so important is that it can help to prevent the cold form effecting your property through the floor. It can prevent breezes getting in for instance, but at the same time it can also combat still water standing on the roof. If you get a lot of rain in a short amount of time on a flat roof, then this can sometimes pool on top of the roof, and this will then steel the heat energy from your property in order to be able to evaporate away again. This is also a problem with condensation.
There are many different kinds of insulation for your properties which you can use in order to protect your energy bill and keep the heat inside your building. These include some forms of insulation that effect the floor (on the underside) and some that effect the roof.
For instance if you have a sloped roof then you are likely to have a large loft space between your top floor and the roof. This then gives you plenty of space where you can place insulation bats – large blocks of fiber glass and other materials that can prevent the heat from escaping through them.
On the other hand it is also possible to get roof insulation on the top of the roof. This can come in the form of coated tiles, or metal or other material added to the roof in such a way as to keep the warm air in and deflect the cold.
Insulation bats here is your cheaper option and this is something you can often do yourself (unless you have a very small attic space and need a roofer). However in some cases you will need to use roof insulation instead – for instance if you have a flat roof with no real space for floor insulation, or if your property is prone to fire (because floor insulation is very flammable). If for instance you are using certain types of lighting in your floor, then this might get too hot to use insulation bats near.