Powered roof vents are a wonderful and underutilized tool for the homeowner. Attics can get incredibly hot and stuffy during the summer months. Most homeowners do not consider this to be much of a problem, but a few issues can crop up if your attic is not properly ventilated. Vents suck moisture from the home, so vents help prevent the proliferation of mold and mildew. Wood rot is a fungal infection that plagues homeowners everywhere, and these vents slow its growth. So even if you aren’t in your attic very often, powered roof vents greatly impede costly and negative situations in the future. Below are the three biggest mistakes homeowners make when installing powered roof vents.
Powered roof vents can be incredibly effective, but you need to put them in the right place. The guideline suggests that you need one powered roof vent for every 150 square feet of space. You need square feet, not cube feet, so all you need to measure is the floor. Multiply the length by the width to get your number. If you have an irregularly shaped attic, or your square footage is slightly off, don’t worry. An estimation of the floorspace or a number within a reasonable measure of 150 feet still mean that a powered roof vent is a good idea. Make sure that the vent is placed at least two feet below the ridge of the roof. Should your attic be larger than 300 square feet, ensure that your powered roof vents are spaced out evenly. Also, don’t place a roof vent above a rafter.
Just having the powered roof vent is not enough. You need to have a pencil, a utility knife, a pry bar, a saw, caulk, a hammer and nails, and a broom. The pencil’s use comes in marking where exactly you want to cut. Measure twice and cut once, as the old saying goes. The utility knife comes in when you need to cut the shingles loose so you can apply the powered roof vent. If any of the shingles are nailed to the roof, the pry bar comes in handy for removing them. A saw comes in handy when you are cutting the hole where the vent goes, especially as you need precise cuts. Caulk is useful when you are attaching the flange to the roof, as well as when you are nailing the vent down. No one likes a leaky roof. A hammer and some nails are necessary for firmly attaching the vent to the roof. Finally, you need to sweep the roof of all the debris once you are done.
You can always use an extra set of eyes or an extra pair of hands when doing handy work around the house. A fall from 15-20 feet up is not going to kill you, but it can break a bone, so having someone steady the ladder is vital. You are going to have to loosen a bunch of shingles to install these vents, so having another person there expedites the process.
If you want a roofing contractor, we here at Aastro Roofing are happy to aid you. As experienced roofers, we can diagnose and repair all your problems. Call us today at (561) 409-3280.
Rain is expected and welcome here, even in sunny South Florida, but a cloud in the sky does not portend good news for everyone. As a homeowner, you want the rain to stay outside as much as possible, and when you hear that drip drip drip, you groan. It is a natural reaction, after all. There are a few things you can do to minimize the damage. It is incredibly important that you proceed immediately, as a leak that you consider trivial can cause massive problems down the road.
Minimize Interior Damage
The first thing you need to do is to find the wettest spot in the ceiling. Remove any furniture that is under the spot and cover anything that cannot be moved with plastic so that it is not damaged. Pursuant to physics, water will try to come down, and will find multiple escape routes over time. This may make the issue seem far worse than it is. It is advisable to take a screwdriver and punch a small hole in the bulge, so that water has a way to drain. While it seems a bit counterintuitive to punch a hole in your ceiling, the weight of the water could cause a big rupture and ruin the structural integrity of the ceiling, in which case you will have a far larger problem. You ought to put a bucket under the new hole to collect the water. If the dripping sound annoys you, you can put a board in the bucket to dull the sound.
Contain the Leak
It is not a good idea to fix the leak yourself unless you really, really know what you are doing. There are a few steps you can take to help yourself, however, until the cavalry arrives. The first thing you can do is find the source of the leak, by going to your attic and checking everything. You need to keep in mind that the leak and the place where the water is pooling are not necessarily the same place. Once you have found the leak, you can place a tarp over it, if you feel like scaling the roof of your home. Should you feel like staying inside your home, a quick trip to the local home improvement store will yield roofing cement or tape. Applying these to the leak, both on the inside or outside, will help you deal with this problem only temporarily.
Call a Professional
Even if you have done as much as you can, the roof will not fix itself. You would not trust a roofing contractor who had never done this before, so it does not make sense to attempt to do this if you have no experience. Once they have arrived, it is important to communicate clearly with them and explain your predicament. It is especially important to get them to your home quickly, as a delay of even one day could mean catastrophic structural damage or a festering mold problem. It is critical that these roofing experts have experience working on leaks, as well. If you need an experienced roofer in the Boca Raton, Deerfield or Delray Beach, Florida, then give us a call. 1-561-409-3280.