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Winter roofs : Pamela Simmons
'Tis the season to remind everyone about the benefits of proper roof ventilation. Let's face it how often do you really look at your roof during the year? This time of year as you are hanging Christmas  lights, is a great time to really think about your roof. In most cases an attic area should be cold, this means you want the outside temperature and your attic temperature to be relatively similar. I know this sounds odd, but let me explain the facts of insulation and ventilation. During the winter months heat and humidity eventually make it from the living area to your attic space. When the warm moist air hits the cold underside of your roof, it can condense and in essence rain back down onto your insulation, which decreases the insulating value, allowing more warm, moist air to escape  into the attic. This produces a downward spiral of inefficiency.Additionally the warm air in your attic melts the snow on your roof and it runs down to the eaves where there is no heat and freezes, this can cause a problem called "Ice Damming" and while it is not usually common in Pueblo, it can occur when we get lots ... more

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