Attic Insulation and Ventilation

Remodeling ideas, projects and tips for finishing, remodeling, ventilating and insulating and your attic.

How to Frame a Gabled Dormer

Looking for a simple expansion that’ll give you more space in your home? A new dormer in a cramped, underused attic might just be the ticket. It'll create the additional headroom you need to make a comfortable living space--an extra bedroom, studio or playroom. And a dormer window provides natural light, fresh air and perhaps some dramatic treetop views. Dormers look great from the outside, too, adding variety to a plain front and improving your home's curb appeal, not to mention the resale value. We’ll show you the major steps to follow when building a dormer, including how to cut and reframe your existing roof, assemble the dormer walls and frame your new roof.

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  • Finishing an Attic

    Are you finishing your attic? First you'll need to insulate the ceiling. Here's how to do the job properly.

  • How to Insulate an Attic Door

    Insulate an attic scuttle door quickly and effectively with fiberglass insulation and foam tape.

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  • Saving Energy: Blown Attic Insulation

    Learn how to insulate your attic yourself with blown-in cellulose insulation, and start saving money on your utility bills. This step-by-step…

  • How to Improve Attic Ventilation

    Adequate roof ventilation reduces cooling bills, extends shingle life, and prevents roof rot and ice dams in winter. Both roof and soffit vents…

  • Improve Attic Ventilation: Introduction

    Roof and soffit vents reduce cooling costs in summer, prevents ice dams in the winter, extend the life of your shingles and prevent mildew and…

  • How to Repair a Plumbing Vent in the Attic

    There's a right way and a wrong way to install vents. This photo shows the wrong way; the article explains what probably happened and how to…

  • How to Seal Attic Air Leaks

    Small air leaks into uninsulated attic space are a major source of heat loss in many homes. Here's how to locate the leak spots and plug…

  • Prevent Ice Dams

    Ice dams are a fact of life in snowy areas of the country, but they can be reduced and even eliminated with proper insulation and venting.…

  • Cathedral Ceiling Insulation

    Solve moisture and rot problems in insulated cathedral ceilings with closed-cell foam insulation. It fills and seals the space and doesn't…

  • Use an In-Line Fan to Vent Two Bathrooms

    Venting two bathroom exhaust fans through one roof duct won’t work, sorry to say. But you can install one fan in your attic for both bathrooms,…

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