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Combining an Attic Vent Fan with a Roof Ridge Vent

Ron asks, "We installed a ridge vent and a solar powered vent fan on our roof. I noticed you said that these two systems should not be combined. Should we remove one?"

Combining an attic vent fan with a ridge vent is not recommended since it can reverse the natural flow of hot air in the attic. Read on to find out more.
Joe Truini Installing fiberglass insulation in attic

How to Install Fiberglass Insulation in Your Attic

Installing additional fiberglass insulation in your attic can really reduce energy bills. Watch this video to find out what you need to know in order to install it correctly.
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GreenFiber Cellulose Insulation

Not only can additional insulation reduce your energy bills and make your home more comfortable, but GreenFiber cellulose insulation is made from 85% recycled material and uses 10% less energy to make. It can be blown or damp sprayed into walls, floors, and attics. The natural fibers are treated with a nontoxic chemical for flame resistance and are guaranteed for the life of your home.
Metal roof.

Attic Venting for Metal Roof

Bjorn asks, "I have a new house with a metal roof and without a ridge vent. Please recommend a vent system without cutting holes in the metal roof."

There are several options available to provide ventilation to your attic without cutting holes in your metal roof including gable vents and a vented ridge. Read on for more.
Adding attic soffit vents under roof eaves.

How to Calculate Attic Vent Area Needed When Adding Soffit Vents

Keeping your attic cooler in the summer can increase the life of the roof as well as saving money on your air conditioning bill. To effectively cool the attic, outside air needs to circulate through it. Read on to find out how to calculate the amount of vent area needed for your attic.

Attic Shelving

Attics are all about storage, but rarely is the storage organized. Here's a simple solution to take advantage of the open framing found in most attics. Create shelves for attic storage by building an L shaped support from 1x4s. One end of the L runs vertically attaching to the side of the roof rafter. The other end, running horizontally, attaches to the same rafter further down.

Attic Drain Line Step

Exposed drain lines in an attic are often a trip hazard and can easily become damaged. To reduce this risk and prevent an accident build a bridge to cover the drain lines.