Thursday, May 12th, 2011
Metal Roof Insulation Is a Must-Have
Metal roof insulation will not only reduce the energy demands of your home but it will save the earth and reduce global warming. Metal roofing insulation will keep your home warm in Wisconsin winters, cool in the summer, and significantly reduce your utility costs. Contact Metal Roofing Systems for an estimate on an entire roof or the best insulating materials – we serve Southern Wisconsin including Milwaukee, Madison, Racine, Stoughton, Waunakee and other communities.
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Three Types of Heat Loss or Gain
Buildings lose or gain heat from a combination of three basic ways: Conductive, convective, and radiant. Metal roofing is the most conductive roofing material among the common roofing material choices. Conductive heat loss, however, is the least significant contributor to the total heat loss or gain of a building. Learn about environmentally friendly roofing materials and be sure to “go green” with roofing products from Metal Roofing Systems.
What is R-value?
Metal roof insulation “R-value” is a measure of thermal resistance, or resistance to the flow of heat, of an insulator. In general, the larger the R-value, the more effective the insulating material is.
There are different types of metal roof insulation to choose from for residences and other structures. The best choice for you will meet your insulation needs and fit your budget.
Basic Choices for Metal Roofing Insulation Materials:
- Fiberglass batt insulation is the itchy stuff most people are familiar with. It’s your least expensive choice.
- Rigid board insulation is a more expensive option. It’s easy to work with and has a high R-value per inch.
- Bubble insulation is not reliable.
- Radiant barrier insulation can be used in conjunction with thermal insulation or independently.
- Spray foam is a large-scale version of what comes out of a can. Fire retardant can be added to the mixture.
Metal roof insulation materials are a green solution to reducing your heating and cooling costs. Be mindful of any health hazards associated with the material you are considering. Check the manufacturer’s MSDS for known health concerns and protection.