Flat Roof Insulation


Installing efficient insulation in roof is a great way to reduce a homes heating and cooling costs. Roof insulation was not required in homes until the early 1970's, therefore there are many older homes that do not have adequate insulation in the roof. Homeowners have lots of options when it comes to installing roof insulation. Different types of insulation work better with different types of roofs. Homes with flat roofs can be extremely hot during the summer, therefore it is vitally important to make sure that flat roofs have adequate insulation.

One type of insulation that is very popular to install to insulate a flat roof is a spray-on open-cell foam insulation. Spray-on open-cell foam insulation is very effective and doesn't have to be ventilated. However, spray insulation can be a diy challenge because it is hard to determine exactly how much to use. Adding a radiant barrier, which has a coating of reflective aluminum is a great solution if there is an attic, but it isn't practical on a flat root. Therefore, changing the reflectivity on a flat roof is another option to help with insulating the home. This can be achieved by painting the roof with a white elastomeric coating, which greatly decreases the amount of heat the roof absorbs.

Flat Roof Insulation

Another popular type of flat roof insulation is foam insulation. Foam insulation rigid allowing it to be cut and put in the correct place. Falcon foam is one type of foam insulation. It is cost efficient and can be easily installed on any flat roof. Falcon foam is lightweight which makes it easy to handle and hoist allowing for easy flat roof insulation. It can also be applied in single or multiple layers so particular requirements can easily be met.

A more interesting method of flat roof insulation is the re-emerging method using topsoil and grasses. This method is of insulation is a great way to go green. However, it is important to avoid planting grasses with roots that will penetrate the roof surface. Whatever the method or type of flat roof insulation, any type of insulation will help save the homeowner money by making the winters warmer and the summers cooler.

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Chae
Posted 2834 days ago
Finding out about the different materials that you can use to insulate a flat roof was really interesting. I am glad to have a choice of products to use, and I'm even considering the Greener option. Insulation is so important as it keeps heat in and the cold out.
Nicolle
Posted 2834 days ago
As a fan of everything supports the environment, reading that I could use natural substances to insulate my home was very thought provoking and interesting. I read up as much as I could about using grasses and topsoil for the insulation and I set to work. Now I have a warm, dry house and I am following my Green beliefs at the same time, what more could I want?
Shavon
Posted 2834 days ago
Falcon foam was so easy to install in my flat roof that I couldn't believe I had not done it sooner. I had put off installing insulation because I thought it would be so time consuming, but I was wrong. Within days of installing it I could feel the difference, especially on cold mornings when I was getting up for work.
Ike
Posted 2849 days ago
I live in a flat roofed house and every summer it was like living inside an oven. I had heard people say this was down to inadequate insulation but I thought this was to do with keeping a house warm, not cool. How wrong was I? A friend of mine fitted insulation during the spring and the house stayed cool all summer and when the winter came I was warm as toast.
 

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