Types of Roof Insulation – What is Right for your Home?

An uninsulated roof causes a quarter of the heat to be lost from the house, leading to higher energy consumption and bills. Insulating your roof or loft is one of the most effective ways of reducing heat loss and making your home more energy-efficient. Good roof insulation should last you for 40-80 years, provided there is no damage to the insulating material. Whether you need to install insulation in your new home or upgrade your existing insulation, choosing the right material will be crucial to the overall energy efficiency of your home. Depending on your budget and requirements, you can choose from any of the following roof insulation types:

Spray Foam Insulation

One of the most commonly used insulating materials, spray foam insulation, involves pouring or injecting a liquid foaming agent into the cavities, roof rafters, and joists. The foaming agent expands and seals the gaps and makes them dense, hence preventing heat from escaping. 

Blanket Glass Wool Insulation

Another popular insulating material, blanket insulation, involves layering with large glass wool rolls with a foil backing. The glass wool is made from recycled bottles, making this insulating material one of the most eco-friendly options. It is also one of the easiest, most cost-effective insulating materials to install in your home. 

Rock Mineral Wool Insulation

If you’re looking for a heat and fire resilient insulating material, rock mineral wool is the one. The material is more dense and solid than glass wool and comes in rolls of varying thickness and widths, giving you better flexibility and reliability. 

Rigid Insulation Boards

If you wish to use your loft as a room, insulating the roof with rigid insulation boards is the best option. They need to be cut in the right size and installed in between the rafters, covered with insulated plasterboards. The material used in rigid insulation boards could be straw, cork, or wood, which are relatively expensive but eco-friendly.

Structural Insulated Panels

These are prefabricated panels that offer better insulation as compared to other traditional insulating materials. Structural insulated panels are manufactured and made to fit in a factory and then transported to your home to be cut in different sizes as per your roof. 

It is advisable to consult a professional insulation specialist to understand the different roof insulation types and to learn which one is right for your home. AES Insulations can help you with all kinds of roof insulation solutions in Leicestershire and the Midlands, including choosing the right material and efficiently installing it on your roof. Whether you need to improve your home’s energy efficiency or you need a completely new roof, our team will provide long-lasting, quality insulation solutions as per your requirements. Contact us for a free home visit and evaluation of your existing insulation, as well as a free quote for your project.