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2019 August/September
Pg 8 - The Sunshine Express
Home & Garden
5 facts to know when choosing new roofing
(BPT): When choosing products and materials for
a new roof, many homeowners focus mainly on
color and what their shingles will look like next to
their existing siding or brick.
Naturally, aesthetics and curb appeal are impor-
tant. But an even more crucial element of your
new roof is the attic ventilation system.
If your roofer doesn¡¯t install a well-designed venti-
lation system through your attic, your home could
be subject to problems ranging from moisture
damage to irreversibly warped shingles to hazard-
ous mold on your walls and insulation.
Not only can smart choices in ventilation have a
positive effect on your wallet (a well-conceived
roof replacement can produce an ROI of some
68% when you go to sell), but they can signifi-
cantly impact the beauty of your home and help
you avoid costly repairs.
Here are five key facts you should know about
residential attic ventilation systems before install-
ing a new roof.
1. All homes accumulate moisture. The USDA
reports a standard U.S. household produces up to
six gallons of incidental moisture each day, thanks
to sources like showers, dishwashers, washing
machines, weather and potted plants.
For reasons of health, however, the CDC recom-
mends keeping interior humidity below a standard
50%. If excess dampness isn¡¯t released outdoors
through effective attic ventilation, it can promote
mold and mildew growth on walls and insulation
and/or rise to linger in your attic.
In cold weather the excess heat and moisture in
your attic can melt the snow on your roof, creating
ice dams that can cause damage to the shingles
and roof deck.
2. Today¡¯s homes are more airtight. In the
past, less-sophisticated residential construction
meant interior moisture was able to escape more
easily through walls, seams, chimneys, etc.
That¡¯s less likely to happen in today¡¯s more ener-
gy-efficient homes that are sealed up tight, which
means that proper ventilation is more important
than ever to help eliminate any trapped moisture.
3. Many of today¡¯s ventilation systems are
ineffective. Boxed, slant-back and turbine vents
are intermittently installed and often fail to create
the necessary 50/50 balance of intake and ex-
haust. This means less air movement in the attic
and ventilation that only happens where those
vents are installed.
Ridge vents are the only vent type that can be
installed in a continuous line along your rooftops
to evenly vent across the entire roof and eliminate
trapped air.
Handy ventilation calculators are available online
and can help you determine the ventilation needed
for that optimal balance; if your roofer seems un-
familiar with the 50/50 concept, you may wish to
seek a more experienced roofer.
4. Ridge vents don¡¯t look like old-fashioned
vents. While older vent styles tend to jut out of
your rooftop and stand out against shingles or
tiles, today¡¯s more modern ridge vents are nearly
invisible.
That roof accessory choice is one area homeown-
ers seem to overlook the most, and it can make or
break the overall beauty of your roof.
Today¡¯s ridge vents are a safe choice because
they fit with any architectural style and work with
a variety of roofing materials including asphalt
shingles, cedar shakes, flat tiles, metal and stone-
coated steel.
5. Certain vents can be high-maintenance.
Static varieties can get clogged by snow, leaves,
brush, insects, birds, rodents or other debris,
and if they¡¯re mechanically powered they may be
prone to electric shortages or wiring issues. Ridge
vents, conversely, are self-powered and built with
a membrane that prevents rain, snow or debris
from sneaking in.
For more tips on making smart choices in roofing,
visit the Quarrix website to download the ¡°Home-
owner¡¯s Guide to Ventilation.¡±
Clearing The Air
Just As Important As Tools
Evaporative coolers like the Portacool Cyclone
140 do more than just move hot air around like
a fan. It can effectively and cost-efficiently chill
up to 900 square feet by using water and ambi-
ent air to create a noticeably cool workspace.
At just over 5 feet tall, the Cyclone 140 elevates
airflow and has sturdy wheels so you can move
air to wherever you need it most.
Learn more at www.portacool.com.
2) Proper lighting
Even if you have a good source of natural light,
many DIY projects require extra illumination,
especially if small parts are involved.
If the space allows, add an overhead light fix-
ture or replace existing light bulbs in fixtures
with higher watt LEDs for better lighting any
time of day.
Also consider investing in a work light with
an extension cord that includes a metal cage
around the light for protection and a hook so
you can hang it wherever you need an illumina-
tion boost.
3) Flexible electric access
If you plan to do specific DIY projects, you may
have to hire an electrician to adjust your electric
outlets. For example, a welder has specific amp
and breaker requirements.
However, for the average DIYer, you¡¯ll simply
need a flexible power source with standard
plugins.
Don¡¯t be limited by outlet availability. Stock
your space with a retractable power cord that
allows you to bring the electricity to you. Plus,
the retractable reel will allow you to keep your
space clean and uncluttered, unlike traditional
extension cords.
4) Mobile workbench
It¡¯s not ideal to work on the ground, so every
suitable DIY space should have a workbench.
Of course, you can buy one, but in the true
spirit of DIY, consider making your own to cus-
tom fit your needs and space.
With a few 2-by-4s and plywood, you can create
the perfect workbench for your space. Adding
locking caster wheels makes it a safe mobile
workbench that can easily move as your project
dictates.
5 staples for the ideal DIY workspace
(BPT): From ambitious millennials to enthusiastic
boomers, do it yourself - DIY - is trending among
people of all ages.
No matter the hobby or home improvement proj-
ect, creating a well-equipped workspace is just as
important as having the right tools for the job.
Whether your workspace is in the garage, a shed
or a converted patio or back porch, equipping the
space for your ultimate comfort and creativity can
start your project off on the right foot and keep
your productivity on track.
Here are five must-have elements for the ideal DIY
workspace:
1) Evaporative coolers
Whether it¡¯s a hot day or you¡¯re working up a
sweat from manual labor, keeping cool will help
you stay focused and motivated.
Cooling a space where air conditioning is typi-
cally impractical - like a garage or shed where the
door needs to stay open - is easy with a portable
evaporative cooler.
Consider adding storage for
tools to truly tailor to your
needs.
5) Ergonomic extras
DIY projects shouldn¡¯t result
in a pain in the back, or
anywhere else for that mat-
ter.
In addition to a workbench,
you can add some extras to
help your body feel its best
as you get the job done.
For example, utilize a com-
fortable chair with proper
back support when doing
projects.
Keep a foam pad on hand
for kneeling to cushion
knees and support legs.
For long periods of standing,
use an anti-fatigue work
mat as it can make a world
of difference.
While specific tools may
vary depending on your
project or hobby, having
these elements in place will
improve the quality of your
DIY workspace to help make
sure you get any job done
right the first time, while
feeling your very best.