Keep the cold out and maintain the warmth inside
Keeping your Ottawa home cozy requires adequate insulation to keep the cold out and maintain the warm air inside. When insulation is not properly installed, it causes your home’s heating and cooling unit to work overtime to regulate the temperature in your home. During FineLines Roofing & Renovations’ roof and attic inspections we examine insulation for proper placement and R-value to determine its efficiency.
Effective insulation slows the movement of heat and prevents it from escaping through walls. To do this, an effective insulation system has the following:
R-values are a rating system used to determine the effectiveness of insulation. The higher the R-value, the better it is at preventing the movement of heat. Canadian insulation products are labelled with R and RSI values (the metric equivalent of R-value).
When considering a renovation or new home construction it is important to check your provincial building code requirements to determine the minimum R-values for the intended application.
Signs of Ineffective Insulation
To save on energy costs, the attic is often the most cost-effective place to insulate. In addition to spray or batt insulation, loose fill is often used over the top of ceiling joists.
During attic inspections we check that:
It is especially important that basements have adequate insulation. Basement walls need to restrict moisture flow both inside and outside the house. To prevent foundation drainage, the exterior basement walls are insulated with rigid fibreglass or mineral wool.
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Roof Inspections: Find Damage Before It’s Too Late
FineLines Roofing & Renovations knows the ins and outs of roofing, which makes us the right choice for your roof inspection in Ottawa. Our insured and bonded team will conduct an inspection of your roof, checking every inch for damage and inefficiencies. Once the roof inspection is complete, we will provide you with our analysis of the condition of your roof and identify areas which need repairs and possible replacement.
Our roof inspection includes looking at insulation, ventilation, flashing, fascia, soffits, shingles, leak barrier and membrane, roof deck, ridge caps and more—every component of your roofing system will be examined.
Attic Inspections Ensure Your Attic Is up to Code in Ottawa
Your attic is a breeding ground for mold and mildew, however, with properly installed insulation, baffles, soffits and ventilation systems, your attic can function the way it is meant to: to regulate the air in that space and prevent moisture build-up.
FineLines Roofing & Renovations provides attic inspections by examining the components of your attic including the ventilation system, quality and placement of insulation and check for moisture and mold.
To find out whether your attic is up to code, call us to book an inspection today.
Insulate Your Ottawa Home with Lightweight Foam Polyurethane
FineLines Roofing & Renovations often uses polyurethane foam insulation when completing home improvement projects. Foam polyurethane is a lightweight yet effective method for covering large areas and is a leading choice for insulation because it resists heat transfer extremely well. Its lightweight design allows versatility in its application and makes it highly effective for preventing heat transfer.
Because foam polyurethane does such a great job at hindering heat transfer, using it to insulate your home can save you a ton of money on energy costs.
Full Coverage, Leak-Proof Spray Foam Insulation in Ottawa
Protect your home from leaks with spray foam insulation. FineLines Roofing & Renovations applies spray foam insulation to walls during renovations because it is effective in sealing cracks and preventing heat escape. The spray foam acts as a barrier which locks out moisture and restricts access for rodents and other pests. By choosing spray foam insulation, your home is thoroughly protected and you benefit from increased energy savings.
Two types of Spray Polyurethane Foam
Spray Polyurethane Foam (SPF) comes in a variety of formats one being high pressure foam and low pressure foam. SPF is also available in open-cell and closed-cell compositions.
See the comparison to learn more about the different SPF formulations below:
Spray Foam Insulation in Attics
Spray foam applied to the bottom of the roof decks in your attic prevents air from escaping so that the attic space and your home are not too hot in the summer and not too cold in the winter. The insulation reduces the load on your furnace so it doesn’t need to work as hard to maintain a neutral temperature.
Both open-cell and closed-cell polyurethane spray foam can be used as both create a reliable barrier for regulating temperature. Closed-cell foam has a higher R-value which makes it the most effective in sealing cracks.