attic Articles

Ridge Vents and 2nd Floor Conversions

February 12, 2011

A homeowner from Tennessee wrote and asked me: Q: I have ridge vents for a metal roof that I had installed this past year. To prevent wasps and leaves from coming in, the roofer told me he’d put metal screens in the vent. However, a man he sent over put in a black foam that… ( read more )

Hot Attic Increases Energy Costs

November 10, 2010

A homeowner from Alabama, recently sent me the following question: Q: I live in southern Alabama in a home that was built in 1992, The inspector while inspecting this summer said my attic was running 150 – 180 degrees and suggested that something be done. Roof is original there are wind vents and soffit vents…. ( read more )

Garage Ventilation

August 29, 2009

Q: I had my garage roof replaced (attached to the house). They removed my 2 wind turbines and installed 1 ridge roof vent, I have 6 soffit vents on the eaves, But my garage is now extremely hot. They said I no longer needed the turbines with the ridge roof vent. How can I cool… ( read more )

Does Metal Roofing Require A Roof Deck?

August 13, 2009

Q. We just built a 16’x16′ shed, that will be converted into a guest house in a year or two. Our contractor installed a metal roof, but he put it directly on 2×4’s attached to the rafters, as opposed to installing on a roof deck. The 2×4’s are 3 1/2 feet apart in some places…. ( read more )

Turbine Vents

June 30, 2009

Q: Do i have to put turbine vents on my metal roof? A: Turbine ventss are used to vent excessive heat and moisture out of attics. There is nothing specific about a metal roof in most cases that increases the need for ventilation including turbines. However, I am a strong believer in good attic ventilation… ( read more )

Attic Ventilation

June 26, 2009

Q: My home 34×60,single story, red brick, colonial front, slab floor. I have vents in ceiling, living and bedrooms have cathedral ceilings on opposite ends of home. Attic ventilation is an opening on each end of the 60′ length through the shape of a birds beak, roof is 5/12 pitch. I am replacing the roofing… ( read more )