Improving Your Home

Whether you’re a seasoned homeowner of 30 years or a brand new one, it’s always important to make sure your home is in good condition.  Many homeowners make the mistake of not staying on top of maintenance for all the parts of their home because of how time consuming and exhausting it can be.  This is understandable because life can keep all of us very busy at times and leave us without enough time to do everything.  But home upkeep should be at the top of your list, because small problems which aren’t costly to fix or avoid in the beginning, can quickly become major ones if you don’t deal with them.  Let’s examine some home improvement tips and care that could save from you major headaches later on.

Attic Ventilation

Proper attic ventilation is important for two reasons.  One, it will help keep your house more comfortable during the summer by allowing the hot air to leave the building.  Two, it will guard against the moist, hot air from gathering there in the winter.

Some may tell you that having ventilation for your attic will let cold air into your home, but your attic is sealed off from the rest of your living space as long as you have a door and insulation surrounding it, so you don’t need to worry.  Without ventilation in your attic you will have a couple problems during the winter.  The first one was mentioned above with the moist air gathering.  This air, if it lingers, can condense on the underside of the roof and rot it.  The other issue is ice dams.  When warm air collects on the underside of the roof, it can cause the snow to melt.  This snow creates runoff that goes to the bottom of the roof and then refreezes on the colder eaves.  This creates ice dams which can block water and force it under shingles. Ice dams can result in serious water damage to a home.

Attic Ventilation Solution

Providing ventilation to your roof isn’t all that hard.  You can install Soffit vents which come in different sizes and shapes.  Some quick measuring, and chalk lines with your desired vents will show you where to make the cuts with your circular saw.  Then all you need to do is cut and install. Ridge venting is also helpful and TAMKO’s Rapid Ridge Vent is a self-contained, nail gun installable, ridge-vent product which can be installed along the ridge of the roof and will be hidden by the shingles making it nearly invisible to onlookers.  This can help provide ventilation to the entire attic area. Ventilation is an important part of preventing ice dams, increasing the lifespan of your shingles and protecting your roof from mold.  So make sure yours is up to par.

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