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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 are easy to install in just a few hours. They'll protect your house from expensive future repairs. This article will help you determine if your attic is properly ventilated and show you how to install more vents if you need them.
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 article walks you through every detail of the job.
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.
Choosing a Whole House Fan
Whole house fans will keep you and your home cool at a fraction of the cost of air conditioning. We walk you through the pros and cons and help you choose the best option for your home.Photo courtesy of Tamarack Technologies Inc.
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 absorb moisture.
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 rot by reducing moisture buildup. Learn how to install them in this article.
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 them without spending a lot of money.
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. Here's how to tackle the problem.