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Learning From Home Renovations

Although I am not a professional contractor, I have worked with more than a few during my 40 years as a homeowner. In fact, I have had 3 kitchens, 7 bathrooms, and 2 master bedrooms renovated over the years. Because some of the experiences were a breeze, I found myself addicted to customizing my homes. If you are thinking about getting a little work done on your home, it is a good idea to learn as much about construction as you can. After all, how will you choose a new garage door opener if you aren't familiar with the different types? Understanding the materials and how to choose a contractor might streamline your renovation.


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The attic is often overlooked but is actually an important aspect of your home that has a huge impact on its energy efficiency, as well as keeping your roof in good repair. Making a few improvements to your attic will therefore have a positive effect on your home at large. Here are a few ideas for attic improvements that will make the most impact:

Adding Attic Insulation Improves Your Energy Efficiency

Adding enough insulation to your attic through a place like Insulation Pro's improves your entire home's energy efficiency in sometimes dramatic ways, even if you don't add insulation anywhere else. In the winter, poorly insulated attics are a major source of heat loss, leading to higher energy bills and drafty homes. Since heat rises, adding more insulation to your attic will help bounce the heated air back down to your living area instead of allowing it to escape through the attic.

In the summer, your insulated attic contributes to a more stable home temperature, helping to keep air conditioned air flowing inside your home.

Attic Ventilation Protects Your Roof

Next, adding ventilation to your attic also has dramatic positive effects on other areas of your home. Specifically, a well-ventilated attic helps protect your roof from ice dams and water damage. If your attic isn't well-insulated and ventilated, hot air becomes trapped inside. Then, during the cold winter months, this hot air releases onto your roof, causing ice to melt too quickly. This leads to ice dams and water damage, including potential mold. 

Simply adding ventilation will stabilize the air temperature enough to prevent this from happening. The air from your attic will flow freely instead of escaping all at once in a burst of hot air. Your roof will be free of icicles and the resulting water damage.

Ventilation and Insulation Lead to a Stable Indoor Temperature

The combination of ventilation and insulation in an attic are ideal, because they lead to a stable, comfortable indoor temperature while requiring less energy. If you are used to your home being one temperature in certain rooms, while other areas of your home are always too cold in the winter or too hot in the summer, this may be the result of an attic that needs more insulation and air flow.

By working with contractors who are experienced with attic ventilation and insulation, you will be able to make the most of your attic and experience these benefits for yourself.