To insulate or not to insulate?

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Old 01-18-15, 08:58 AM
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Cool To insulate or not to insulate?

We have built an outdoor covering over our patio and were told we should insulate it to keep it cooler in the summer (we are in NC). We are wondering if this step is necessary or not? Any ideas??
 
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Old 01-18-15, 09:47 AM
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Welcome to the forums! Are you WNC or upstate or OBX? If you have adequate ventilation, insulating the roof may not benefit except for radiant heat. How high is the roof structure from finished floor? What is the roof made of? Wood with shingles, slatted with metal, etc.?
 
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We're in the Charlotte area. Our roof is 9' -12' with a peak in the center. It's plywood covered with the same shingles as our house. We figured the contractor recommended insulation because of radiant heat, but we weren't sure if it was worth the added expense since the room is outside and open on 3 sides anyway.
 
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Old 01-18-15, 10:12 AM
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Open on 3 sides with adequate ventilation, I doubt any insulation would benefit you. In addition you would need to cover the insulation with plywood or some other material, just adding $$ to your project.
 
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