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Syracuse Roofing: Article About Getting The Roof Ready For Winter

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In the Northeast part of the country, it seems as though winter can linger forever. Prolonged periods of below freezing temperatures can bring about a whole host of problems for homes that are not ready for them. There are important things that homeowners can do to make sure their roof is ready for winter.

A winter ready attic can help lower energy costs and prevent the problems that are often associated with an overheated attic. Insulation is important in the overall function of an attic. For an attic to be able to keep the home's interior warm and toasty all winter long, there must be sufficient levels of insulation present. It cannot be wet or compacted, or it will not perform adequately. When insulation is dry and "fluffy," it creates air pockets that reduce heat transfer from the home's interior into the attic.

Keeping the attic dry is important. To accomplish this, many Syracuse roofing contractors suggest applying a moisture barrier beneath the insulation and eliminating air leaks in the ceiling. These measures keep the insulation dry and prevent heat loss through the ceiling.

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Heat and steam from showers and cooking that escape into the attic can compromise the attic's ability to keep the home warm and create conditions favorable to mold growth. Additionally, homeowners must make sure that there are no leaks in the roof. This can be done by having a professional roofer inspect all the roofing penetrations and their flashings and sealants for cracks.

Applying a radiant heat barrier is also recommended to homeowners who want to make sure that their attic is at its best. Radiant heat barriers deflect heat that may be in the attic away from the roof and are applied to the decking from inside the attic. There are two main types: foil type barriers and paint on barriers. Each type has its pros and cons. Homeowners can consult their roofer to see which type is best for their home.

Finally, the best way to winterize the attic is to ensure that there are adequate amounts of ventilation. Cold air entering from soffit vents forces heated air out of gable vents and helps eliminate the conditions associated with the formation of ice dams. The NRCA recommends a ratio of one square foot of passive ventilation for every 150 square feet of attic floor space. Homes with complicated rooflines may need more. Forced ventilation using motorized fans is not recommended because they can introduce moisture into the attic.

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