Our team answers homeowner questions every weekend on WCCO 830 AM from 9:00 am-10:00 am. Have your most pressing home improvement questions addressed by calling or texting 651-989-9226. Here’s the must-know information our COO, Andy Lindus, shared on 12.26.20.
Winter brings an array of home ownership challenges. Ice dams, created from heat loss on your roof trap standing water that will eventually back up into your home’s attic causing mold. Another problematic issue is the stack effect which happens due to inadequate attic ventilation. This can be remedied through attic air sealing which will cause your home’s furnace to run less, creating a lower variance in the temperatures in rooms throughout your home. Attic air sealing also lessens the likelihood of ice dams forming on your roof. Experienced contractors utilize diagnostic devices, such as blower doors, infrared imaging, and borescopes to understand where a home is losing energy.
Insulating homes with vaulted ceilings can prove challenging because there rarely is enough space to install the proper amounts of cellulose and fiberglass insulation. To allow for more living space, a hot roof can be installed. By definition, a hot roof is any roof that does not contain venting. It’s important to understand that some shingle manufacturer warranties can be voided if a hot roof is installed on a home. This is because an unvented space can lead to shingles and roofing deteriorating at a faster than normal pace than a vented or conditioned space. Ice dams, leaking, and inadequate insulation are further disadvantages of a hot roof. For these reasons, not all municipalities allow for the installation of hot roofs. A better way to install a story and a half home is to remove all the roof decking, fill up the entire cavity with spray foam insulation, go up the wall with ice and water shield, and then install step flashing.
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If condensation is occurring on your home’s windows during the winter months, it’s wise to verify whether your home humidity levels are too high or if the window has reached the end of its lifespan. Prior to committing to home window installation, it’s important to understand the full details on the material being used. Wood, vinyl, and fiberglass windows all experience different expansion and contraction rates. Places this especially holds true is the Twin Cities and Western Wisconsin because of the extreme temperature ranges the area experiences. Infinity® from Marvin windows are comprised of Ultrex® fiberglass. It is specially manufactured to experience lower rates of expansion and contraction, eliminating the worry of seal failure and window frost. Beware of any windows labeled as builder grade, as they’re often built to minimum building code specifications, with shortened lifespans.
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