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When homeowners think about their roofs, they often only think about what goes on top. However, Charleston roofing professionals also know that it's just as important to think about what to put under the roof in terms of insulation. Choosing the right insulation can save homeowners tons of money on their heating and cooling costs. While all roof insulation has pros and cons, it's up to the homeowner to decide on which insulation is installed.

One of the most inexpensive and most commonly used types of roof insulation is fiberglass. This is the same insulation that comes in long pink and yellow rolls that are stuffed between the framing and covering of walls. Since this type of insulation can be difficult to install in between the rafters of a roof, it's important to hire professionals to ensure the job is done correctly. As the name suggests, fiberglass is made from small pieces of glass, which are melted, mixed and crushed to form the consistency of cotton candy. Since this insulation is still glass, roofers have to wear face masks to avoid breathing in the material because it could damage their lungs.

Wood fiber is a bit more expensive than fiberglass, but it's easier for roofers to install. It is made from a blend of non-organic and organic materials that are specially treated before they are compressed together.

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This type of insulation does a great job of keeping cold air in the house during the summer and warm air in during the winter. As such, it's generally thought of as excellent insulation material.

People who want to use a more eco-friendly type of insulation can try recycled cellulose fiber. This insulation is made from recycled paper products such as newspapers. While one might assume that this makes the home more prone to catching fire, the paper products are treated with a fire retardant before they are installed. Although this product can be purchased in roll form, it's typically sprayed onto the underside of the roofing deck. The product fights winter drafts because it fills in every inch of the roofing deck.

Gypsum board is often used in conjunction with other types of insulation. It acts as a great barrier against both cold and heat, but contractors really love it because the material also acts as a barrier against dampness and moisture. This makes it the perfect insulation to use on the roof because, if there is ever a leak, the insulation is less likely to be damaged.

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