Roof Insulation Basics: Upgrading Roof Insulation – DIY Tips

There are two reasons homeowners want to make their homes greener; some people want to go green to protect the environment. Others will go green because it results in more green dollar bills in their wallet.

Fortunately, the two don’t have to be exclusive; you can protect the environment and save money at the same time. A big way to do so is to make sure that you have adequate insulation and ventilation for your roof and the attic space.

Heat rises, and that means most of the heat loss from your home goes out the top of the house. This is especially true if you don’t have adequate insulation and sealing in your attic’s floor space. To make sure your home is as comfortable as possible, to ensure minimal heat loss, to save money on your heating bills, and to help protect the environment, an upgrade in your insulation is in order.

A Wide Variety of Insulation Options

Making the decision to improve your home’s attic and roof insulation is the easy part. The hard part, however, is determining what type of insulation to use, and where to put it.

Attic Insulation

The easiest (unless you’re having a new roof put on the house), and most effective, way to boost the insulation in your home is to insulate and air seal the attic floor. Many homes have at least some access to this space, and because of the size attics can hold quite a bit of insulation. But where you put the insulation, and what type, can vary even inside the space.

Between the Joists – If you have an unfinished attic space, the most common area to insulate is between the ceiling joists but leaving the area between rafters uninsulated. This provides for maximum air flow through the attic while keeping the living space insulated.

Most commonly the spaces between the joists are filled with blow-in fiberglass insulation. However, the do-it-yourselfer may want to lay down fiberglass batting as it’s easier to work with and there is no special equipment needed. How much should you have? It’s recommended that the R value be at least R-38; or 10-14 inches of insulation.

Between the Rafters – Many homes have increased their living space by finishing the attic. But without insulating the ceiling, the space would be largely uninhabitable most of the year. If this is the case, then you want to insulate between the rafters.

Before you slap up insulation, however, you must remember that the house needs room to “breathe.” If your insulation is pressed tightly against the bottom of the roof decking, there’s nowhere for the air to go, and you can end up with major problems. To counter these problems, baffles are installed to keep a small space between the insulation and the roof deck. As the air in the baffles heats up, it can flow to the peak and out the roof vent.

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How to Give your Old Kitchen a New Look on a Budget

Kitchen remodeling is perhaps one of the most rewarding remodeling decisions you can make, especially if you’ve just purchased your home recently and your kitchen looks like it is still 1950s! 🙂 Or perhaps, it has been ages since a last major remodel in your kitchen. In this guide we will explore some creative kitchen remodel ideas you can do yourself on a budget or with the help a handy home improvement friend.

Walls and Ceilings

Simply repainting your old walls and ceilings can dramatically change the look and feel of your kitchen. I recommend that you hire a professional interior painter to apply new paint to the walls and ceiling in your kitchen. This can be done even if you have wall tiles installed in your kitchen. A professional interior painter will know the right type of primer and paint that will adhere to your tiles. You may also consider refinishing your old windows and door trim in your kitchen to give it a nice face lift and a feeling that your kitchen is brand new again.

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Professionally repainting your kitchen walls, ceiling, and trim, will probably cost you around $1,500.00, which is a great deal when it is done professionally. You can really have your kitchen transformed and renewed by doing just this one simple step! 🙂 If you are not afraid of getting your hands dirty, then go ahead and paint those old kitchen walls by yourself or with a friend. You will be able to save some money, and with proper organization, you should finish this project in a day,

Floors – Resurface or Replace?

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Brand new floors including linoleum, porcelain tiles, or commercial grade flooring laminate tiles can be installed, if the old kitchen floors are no longer in an acceptable condition.

If the old kitchen floors are still in a somewhat decent shape, then you can simply give your old floors a face lift by deep cleaning them first, and giving them a high shine, after.

Replacing Old Appliances and Installing a Range Hood

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Another important aspect of remodeling your kitchen is replacing the old appliances, with newer, more energy efficient, and more suitable ones. You will want to consider your overall kitchen design and performance of new kitchen appliances when shopping for the right stove, dishwasher, etc.

You can find a wide array of energy efficient appliances at Lowe’s, Home Depot or your local home improvement store. If you are doing a high-end remodel in your kitchen, then it is recommended that you install a suitable kitchen hood over your new cooking range.

If there is currently no range hood installed in your kitchen, then it may be necessary for you to hire a specialist to properly mount and install your new kitchen range hood including taking care of any necessary duct work for venting out the kitchen vapors collected by the range hood.

Resurfacing Old Cabinets

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New kitchen cabinets can be very costly and can easily run several thousand dollars. You can definitely go for it “all the way” If money is not an issue. however, if you are working within a tight budget, then you can save a few grands by resurfacing your existing kitchen cabinets.

Take a trip to the local Lowe’s or Home Depot and look for Rust-Oleum’s cabinet and countertop restoration kit. I have personally used this product in my own kitchen renovation project, and I must say that I was really quite impressed with the quality of the finished product. I was able to give my old kitchen cabinets a new look for under a hundred dollars.

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Top 20 Roof Types: Costs, Roof Design Elements, Styles & Shapes

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The value of the roof over your home cannot be overstated. Sure, we all know its primary purpose is to protect us from stormy weather and prevent animals who may otherwise drop things on our heads.

Bonus points for keeping strong winds outside, where they belong, and stopping the sun from baking us under intense heat. Oh, and those critters agile enough to climb walls, yes they too can take a well-constructed roof as a fair warning that they are not welcomed to stay, rent free. 😉

“At least we have a roof over our head.” – said no one, ever, who cared about the quality and character of their house.

For us civilized creatures, the home roof is both a basic necessity, and, when done right, a thing of beauty. It has lasting value and adds character to what is otherwise a box, we call home.

This guide to roof styles is for anyone looking for inspiration or information to update and/or replace their existing roof. Or perhaps you are considering an addition to your house, an added structure to your property or even a new home altogether. Whatever the case may be, let us guide you through the many details that make for a roofing project.

We have a huge variety of styles for you to browse through and lots of ground to cover before we get there. We’ll talk about shapes, concepts, pros and cons of various materials and their costs, planning considerations and what makes for character (hint: combinations and willingness to be bold with designs). Whatever your roofing needs may be, we’ve done our best to leave no stone unturned. So, let’s get on with it!

Average Cost To Install a new Roof Typical Range: $4,593 - $7,479
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First Things First

As exhaustive as our guide may be, it must be emphasized that a quality roofing installer is your best friend in translating design ideas into a finished product that is up to snuff.

An architect or interior designer can assist with plans, and a carpenter type may suffice on smaller projects.

But a roofer is the indispensable craftsman who likely has the experience, knows the trade according to regional traditions and has the process down to a practical science.

Our goal is to help you, help them in being a viable partner in that process. 😉

So, the purpose of a roof, everyone knows. It’s the basics of shelter. But functions of a roof are a good place to start on a path toward understanding the science. Don’t worry, we’ll do our best not to put you to sleep here. 🙂

First there is Drainage.

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