Proper insulation can greatly improve your home’s energy efficiency. However, there are a lot of misconceptions and myths surrounding this topic. In this blog post, JAM Roofing, the top roofing contractor in our local area, discusses some common myths and misconceptions about insulation.
Vapor Barriers Should Trap Moisture
The vapor barrier’s job is to prevent warm and moist indoor air from infiltrating fiber-type insulation during cold weather. The lower temperatures can cause this warm and moist air to condense and negatively affect the insulation. If you spot visible moisture on the inside of a vapor barrier, then this moisture is probably caused by leaks. Vapor barriers do not trap moisture.
Batt Insulation Works Well With Cathedral Ceilings
Roofs are likely to have air leaks that can cause internal condensation during winter. Stuffing batts between the rafters in a cathedral ceiling and then covering them with vapor barrier is not a good idea because there will be no place for condensation to escape. As an experienced roofing company, we suggest that cathedral ceilings insulated with batts should have an open vent space from eaves to peak in order to prevent this problem.
Spray Foam Is Dangerous
It’s simplistic to think that all spray foam insulation is bad. Back in the 1970s, people used urea formaldehyde spray foam to insulate their homes. This was because the authorities didn’t understand the dangers of using this kind of insulation. Fortunately, today’s insulation doesn’t have the same problems. Properly applied spray foam is safe and it is outstanding at air sealing.
JAM Roofing can help you with all of your roofing needs. We are a GAF Master Elite® contractor, allowing us to offer you GAF’s best products and their strongest warranty. In addition, we also have nearly 30 years of experience in the roofing industry. Our experience means that we have dealt with all kinds of roofing problems, allowing us to provide you with a better level of service compared with other roofing companies. We serve many areas in Oregon including Medford and Grants Pass, OR. Call us at (541) 773-7663 to learn more about our services and products.