If you’ve been feeling like your house is just too small, consider ways that you can create more space instead of moving. In many residences, an unfinished attic is a treasure trove of possibilities. By just insulating the roof of the home, you can not only reduce heat loss, but also create added space for storage, play, an office and more. Spray foam insulation kits make insulating roof areas fast and easy, so homeowners of all abilities can increase space without the hassle and frustration of traditional roof insulation.
Spray foam insulation is incredibly easy to install. You can either hire a contractor to do the work for you, or you can purchase a DIY kit. When you choose spray foam as your roof insulation, you won’t have to worry about measuring or cutting materials to the right size. All you do is spray the insulation into the areas between the joists and let it set. The foam expands and hardens automatically. Any holes, cracks or crevices are automatically sealed, stopping drafts and creating quality insulation.
Remember that because of fumes, a respirator should be worn during installation, especially in closed areas like attics. Other equipment, such as a Tyvek suit, glove sand goggles are also required. You can use the spray foam insulation on the ceiling and the attic floor to provide an extra layer of protection for the living space below.
Insulating your roof with spray foam has a number of benefits that other types of insulation can’t match. For one, it helps ensure that the temperature in the living space below is steady throughout the year. The spray foam can fill in cracks and crevices around lights and other fixtures that traditional insulation can’t touch. You’ll keep your home cooler in the summer and hotter in the winter while saving money.
It’s also a pest deterrent, so if you’re planning to use your attic as a storage loft, you can keep rodents, wasps and other bugs from building their homes in there by filling cracks with foam insulation. Choose closed cell insulation to add strength to the structure while creating a water barrier and preventing the foam insulation from breaking down if the roof fails.
If you plan to use your attic as a living or storage space, remember that you’ll need proper ventilation, such as a window. Light entering through the window will discolor the foam, so it’s important to paint it in order to protect it from the sun’s UV rays.
You should also consider hiring a professional to do the installation. While DIY kits are readily available, the roof is a large area and cheap plastic nozzles typically can’t handle that volume. Professionals have better equipment that can work over a larger space, saving time and sometimes even money.