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Feb 21, 2018
Jul 17, 2018

Proper ventilation plays an important role in prolonging the life of your roof. During winter, attic ventilation is needed to prevent ice dams from forming, and during the hot summer months, ventilation helps to remove hot air which reduces mold growth and protects the shingles from excessive heat. Choosing the best attic ventilation is an important part of the process. Turbines or Ridge Vents are 2 of the choices. A turbine system is installed directly on the top of a roof and uses wind power to suck hot and humid air out of the attic. A turbine has a series of vanes that spin as wind passes through them. They are less costly dues to the fact that only a few shingles need to be removed and an appropriately sized hole is then drilled through the roof. Turbines do cause more air movement than ridge vents and this is due to their moving vanes. However if you do not live somewhere that has winds or are sheltered from them this system may not work as effectively when the weather gets very hot during the Summer season. A ridge vent runs across the top of the roof's peak. Unlike turbines, this venting style does not have any moving parts. A ridge vent is similar to a screen and allows heat to escape up and out of the attic. Ridge vent systems normally run the full length of the roof. For this system to be installed on an existing roof, the entire peak must be cut away, which can make the installation more expensive than installing a turbine. They cannot be installed on a flat roof or one with a pitch of less than 212 degrees. A ridge vent is a passive system and offers less air movement, and in moderate climates this style tends to be sufficient. In more extreme climates, one or more turbines will provide better circulation. For optimal performance, ridge vents require soffit venting to bring air up and out the top of the roof. Roof ridge vents help to release moisture from homes, which is especially useful during the winter when moisture has a greater impact. Ventilation With the help of wind, a ventilation system is created in the attic with a roof ridge vent. As wind passes over the roof ridge vent, it draws air out of the attic. The problem with traditional roofing is that once the outside air goes into the attic, it has no way to escape. Roof ridge-vent allows the outside air that enters to escape out the top of the roof, preventing damage--such as premature aging and cracking--to the attic and roof. With the help of wind, a ventilation system is created in the attic with a roof ridge vent. As wind passes over the roof ridge vent, it draws air out of the attic. Fresh air is then drawn into the underside of the vent, creating a circulation system of fresh air. Moisture can be released from many activities that are performed within homes, including running a washer, using a dishwasher or taking a shower. Moisture is one of the leading causes of damage to rafters, shingles, walls and insulation within homes. Roof ridge vents help to release moisture from homes, which is especially useful during the winter when moisture has a greater impact. Most homeowners prefer the look of roof ridge vents--which are sleek and blend in well with the other shingles--to other forms of ventilation systems, which often consist of large fans, turbines and vents. Other Systems Another benefit of roof ridge ventilation systems is that they are effective without being used in combination with other systems. Other types of ventilation systems, such as fans and powered ventilators, can even have an adverse effect when used with roof ridge vents because of airflow issues. It is very important that's your roof and roof system is installed correctly by a licensed roofing contractor. A roofing contractor can also help you determine the best type of attic ventilation for your home.

Feb 21, 2018
Jul 8, 2018

Proper ventillation is one of the most important factors in your roof lasting it's full lifespan, looking great for decades, and not creating black mold issues in your attic or crawl space. Not only do most roofing manufaturers such as CertainTeed and GAF require it allow certified installers to offer lifetime manufacturer warranties with features such as being fully transferrable and non-prorated; International Residential Code also requires proper ventillation for your roof to meet 2018 code standards. You need proper intake from a source such as functional vents in the eves with vented soffits or from smart vents. You also need proper ventillation out from sources such as a working attic fan or a ridgevent. Also be careful - more isn't always better as it can affect the air flow direction in the attic space. For example - you do not want both a running attic fan AND a ridgevent or the fan will pull air IN (not out) from the ridgevent instead of the intake locations and air will not circulate properly and will not meet many manufacturer requirements.

Sid Smith asked:

Sep 25, 2016

Meredith Diaz answered:

Jun 27, 2018

Hey, which electrician did you consult? Electricians do a variety of work in the home and in commercial premises to ensure the electrical installation operates efficiently. They also operate to the correct electricity standards and measures. We are also facing the same problem and are planning to hire electrician NJ as they are experts in dealing with such situations.

Jun 21, 2018
Jun 26, 2018

Good afternoon Connie,

Sierra Classic Custom Homes is a build on your lot, custom home builder, and we do build in the Blanco County area.  We maintain a model home on Hwy 281 in Spring Branch, TX, just south of Blanco County if you would like to see our homes in person.  Please feel free to call us for more information if we can help.  The phone number to the model home is 830-228-5282.  You may also visit our website at www.sierraclassic.com Thanks, and we look forward to hearing from you.  

Feb 23, 2018
Jun 12, 2018

Based on the information found via the internet, I believe the difference in siding materials depends a lot on where you live and what kind of climate you experience year round for your location. I'm including a link here that shows what one inventive father did with his children to promote education in understanding their climate of California. It's a very good way of finding out the semantics of a product while spending quality time bonding with your children. Best of all, he's done the difficult work of figuring out which materials stand up to severe climate changes for you!

http://www.3ghomeimprovements.com/2017/06/james-hardie-fiber-cement-vs-lp-smartside-vs-insulated-vinyl-siding/

Jul 6, 2017

Scott Nelson answered:

Jun 5, 2018

Installing ductless system is the best way to cool down a hot room. An HVAC system is mainly designed for providing and maintaining thermal comfort and maintaining indoor air quality. Refer to ductless AC installation NJ professionals to help you choose the best equipment to make your home a comfortable place to live in.

Feb 21, 2018

Brett Rydalch of RoofTek PRO answered:

May 22, 2018

Roof ventilation is very important.  Ensure that the intake from the eaves is adequate and not blocked in the attic with insulation.  Ensure you have adequate exhausting on the ridges.  Proper ventilation can extend the life of your roof.  If you have any questions, you should consult with a roofing professional in your area.

Mar 20, 2018
May 17, 2018

Excellent question. Choosing the right Contractor is probably the most difficult part of the decision process, as you have to trust your instincts on complete strangers to work on your home. You increase your odds of a Contractor that will follow up to fix a problem by picking a Contractor that actually works out of a legitimate business  ( Brick and Mortor ) location rather than with a Contractor that operates out of their truck and or uses a PO box address. A Contractor in a brick and mortor location is easy to find and has made a long term commitment to their business.

Mar 21, 2018
May 4, 2018

I cannot say that I've ever done this or known anyone who has, however, I found this helpful step by step on the internet from someone who says it's relatively easy and can be very cost effective:

http://www.instructables.com/id/Converting-a-generator-to-run-on-propane/

Feb 23, 2018

Jeff Ainslie of Ainslie Group PRO answered:

Apr 19, 2018

Hardi™ is a fibre-cement product and the LP product is a chip-board/resin composite. The Hardi™ comes both finished and unfinished, the LP is unfinished and must be painted with a high quality exterior coating that meets the demands and longevity requirements of the region in which it is utilized. Finished Product warranties vary based on the above variables.

Feb 23, 2018
Apr 17, 2018

LP is a woodbased product, where Hardi Plank is a fiber cement. They ar both very similar in cost here in the midwest. LP Smartsiding if fairly new the market as well. 

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