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Residential Metal Roofing: Is It Right for Me?

When the contractor delivered the sad news that my roof needed replacing, that led to a discussion of material choices. I was surprised to hear that metal roofing was an option. Sure, it was fine for commercial buildings, but a home? My contractor told me that metal is used for homes more than people realize. The panels can be designed to look like just about any type of roofing you can imagine. After looking at some samples and finding out about the long life of metal roofs, I decided to give it a try. Fifteen years later, my roof is still in great shape. If you are facing a roof replacement in the near future, let me tell you more about metal roofing. I'm betting that you'll decide this solution is right for your home.

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The Good and Bad of Fiberglass Insulation in the Attic

by Kelly Murphy

After installing or repairing your roof, insulation is the next important step. Insulating your attic against the elements is important to keep your home dry and warm. Some types of insulation are easier to install, less expensive, and more efficient than others. One popular choice in most newer homes is fiberglass insulation. This insulation has many pros and cons when it comes to using it in your attic.

Pros:

Costs: Compared to some other types of insulation, fiberglass insulation materials are considered less expensive. Labor costs for installation vary depending on how easy it is to get in and around your attic and any unusual circumstances such as insulating around wires and outlets.

Easy installation: Fiberglass is often sold in large blankets that can be cut into smaller pieces and shaped as needed. It can also come in loose fill form for other applications such as being sprayed on a ceiling. It usually doesn't take long to install as well, so you won't have a lot of people working on it for a long period.

Very efficient: Fiberglass has a good insulation rating and can be ordered in different densities based on your local climate and needs. The blanket version also resists shrinking over time, though the loose version may settle.

Mold resistant: Properly installed, fiberglass is mold and mildew resistant, especially in drier climates. This is a plus if you have mold-sensitive family members. However, fiberglass can get dirty, and that dirt can attract mold in wet, humid climates.

Cons:

Requires protective gear: Even though fiberglass insulation is easy to install, it is still made of small fibers that can easily be inhaled or cause skin irritation. It's best to have a professional to install it if you haven't done this type of work before. When the roofer installs this insulation, keep out of the attic unless you have protective gear.

Sometimes less than airtight: Fiberglass doesn't always create a tight air seal, and this might limit some of its insulating effectiveness. This happens mostly when it is not properly installed in odd-shaped corners or around boxes or outlets. An experienced installer should be able to keep this at a minimum.

Fiberglass is a common and mostly inexpensive way to insulate your attic and keep your home dry. If you've recently had work done on your roof, then you may need to replace your current insulation. Have a roofing company inspect your roof and give suggestions before you decide to insulate or re-insulate your attic. They can help you determine whether fiberglass is the right type of insulation for your climate and roof type.

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