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Tips for Planning Your Next Roofing & Insulation Project

02 November 2019

Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am.  Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226.  Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 11.2.19.

Homeowners with poor attic insulation are often at a loss of how to remedy the situation.  When interviewing potential insulation contractors, it’s important to understand the materials they’ll be utilizing and what their process entails.  Simply adding more insulation to the attic rarely corrects the situation.  While it’s not the cheapest approach, oftentimes the most effective strategy is to fully remove the home’s preexisting insulation, utilize spray foam insulation to air seal necessary areas, and then blow in cellulose insulation, with the goal of bringing the attic to an R-50 rating.  In order to compensate for the settling of cellulose insulation, reputable insulation contractors routinely blow-in additional cellulose insulation.  When compared to fiberglass insulation, cellulose does develop a better crust over time that prevents air movement.  The fire retardant used on cellulose insulation acts as a deterrent of attic rodent infestation.

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If you’re a roofing contractor, one of the most common inquires you’ll receive this time of the year is if a new roof can be installed in the winter.  While most roofers have no hard cut-off date, they most often prefer for the temperature to be above freezing so that the shingles can properly glue down.  Special installation techniques, including hand sealing, should be used in colder weather to make sure that they lay correctly.  If algae growth has been a persistent problem on your roof, be sure to ask the asphalt roofing contractors you’re interviewing about GAF roof shingles.  They’ve got the longest algae and moss warranty on the market because of the copper infused into the shingle granules.  These shingles work particularly well for homes shaded by oak trees, as their presence jump starts algae growth.

Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™
Timberline Ultra HD® Shingles with StainGuard Plus™

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