Attic Ventilation Myths: Distinguishing Fact from Fiction

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Attic ventilation is absolutely critical for roof health, yet it is also one of the most overlooked aspects. Many homeowners have false ideas about how ventilation works. Here’s some important information about common attic ventilation myths that are based on half-truths. 

Myth #1: Roof Vents Equal Ventilation

Just because the roof has an existing vent does not mean your attic has proper ventilation. Ridge vents, for example, provide very little ventilation if the roof lacks baffles. Likewise, gable vents only circulate air in a set area in the attic. Your home’s structure will determine the best ventilation system.

Myth #2: Vents Are Unnecessary in Cold Climates 

Another misconception is that vents are less important in cold climate areas. Ventilation improves energy efficiency and reduces moisture year-round. While not in the warmest or coldest North American region, Snohomish homes still require adequate ventilation. 

Myth #3: More Ventilation the Better

Too much of a good thing can be counterproductive. More vents mean more potential penetrations where leakage can occur. It also means more seams, which can tear apart and expose openings during windy weather. An inspection will determine the amount of ventilation needed based on factors such as attic size and roof slope.

Myth #4: Attic Vents Release Warm Air

One myth is that vents let warm air escape, thus forcing the heater to work harder during the colder months. Heat escapes due to poor insulation and not because of vents. The vents, though, unfairly get the blame. Poor insulation also allows moisture to seep into the attic, leading to wood rot.

Don’t Fall for Attic Ventilation Myths

To ensure roof longevity, call Allied Construction for a roof upgrade. Summer is also the time of year for a checkup of the fence and deck. Attic ventilation myths are based largely on inaccurate information; arrange for an inspection to determine your roof’s health.

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Four Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

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Some signs of roof damage are obvious, such as a ceiling leak and torn shingles. However, some signs are far less obvious and almost always overlooked by homeowners. Here’s how to recognize the more subtle signs of roof damage.

1. Animals Roaming the Roof

Do you see wildlife constantly roaming your roof? This may include raccoons, bats, or any other animal native to the Snohomish area. Animals tend to look for shelter in an opening that’s away from view. If you consistently see or hear animals on the roof, then it may have an hidden opening.

2. Whistling Sounds

Do you hear a whistling-like noise in the home? This may be due to air entering through small openings in the roof. Roof damage is the most likely cause if all other areas of the home are fully sealed. A roof inspection can determine whether the whistling sound is a subtle sign of roof damage.

3. Black Spots

Many homeowners see black spots appear over the shingles. Yet they take no action, believing the spots to be grime and merely a cosmetic issue. However, black splotches may be mold and are a sign that water is pooling on the surface. Over time, this can lead to bigger openings and leakage.

4. Nails Around the Home

You may see some nails here and there around the edge of the house. If you see nails of the same kind on multiple occasions, then they may be coming from the roof. Displaced nails also mean that the shingles may be coming loose and peeling away at the corners.

We Detect Subtle Signs of Roof Damage

Aside from the roof, other areas like the deck and fence may also exhibit less-than-obvious signs of wear. Nevertheless, they all require the homeowner’s attention. Contact Allied Construction if you suspect subtle signs of roof damage.

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Why Is My Deck Falling Apart?

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A deck is a mainstay in any home with a substantial outdoor area. However, as with any other component of the home, age and lack of care might cause you to notice that your deck is falling apart. Learn to recognize the signs that the deck is in dire need of repair.

Airflow

A competent deck builder takes airflow into consideration during construction. Inadequate airflow below the deck causes moisture to accumulate. This leads to rotting panels. If the floorboards are rotting, we may use boards to skirt the space between the deck and ground to allow air movement. The use of pressure-treated lumber also minimizes chances of rot. 

Railings

Most decks have railings that add to the curb appeal. However, less experienced installers may use more nails than necessary to secure the railing to the deck. This can split the rails, leading to openings that allow moisture to collect.

Rotted Rim Joist

The rim joists support the deck. This part is usually out of sight because it’s buried below ground. This support is supposed to be at least one-meter below ground. If it’s only a few inches below, it may be prone to sinking. You may notice this as the deck feels uneven, sloped, or depressed in the center.

Ledger Board 

The ledger board is the piece of wood that attaches the deck to the home. Proper installation requires that it slightly overhang the juncture. Lack of an overhang leaves the ledger prone to moisture collection. The flashing behind the ledger should also be in good condition to prevent water penetration. Inexperienced installers may not install flashing at all.

We Keep Your Deck from Falling Apart 

All home components like the roof and fence will also degrade with age and the passage of time. Contact Allied Construction for regular inspections to prevent further damage. Decks fall apart completely when homeowners neglect professional maintenance. 

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How a Fence Affects Property Value?

Fence Construction/InstallationNo doubt, a fence can influence property value. In most instances, it increases the home’s resale value, though in some instances it may also hurt sale viability. Find out how fencing affects property value and sales prospects.

Materials

The proverbial white-picket fence is always a welcome favorite. It’s what often comes to mind when buyers envision the ideal image of ‘home sweet home.’ Treated cedar posts are also a good option, as is vinyl, which mimics the appearance of wood.

A chain-link fence can go either way. Some people find this fencing material to be undesirable due to its industrial feel. However, this may be a plus for certain buyers, such as those who own large-breed dogs.

Positioning

Does the fence encompass the front or back of the home? Most buyers find a fenced-in backyard to be desirable. A fenced-in front yard, though, may or may not be as attractive, depending on the surroundings. If you have a chain-linked fence in the front, for example, this may give buyers the impression that the neighborhood is unsafe. On the other hand, a full-privacy vinyl fence that blocks an unsightly adjacent parking lot may be much appreciated. Assess the surroundings to determine whether a fence is an advantage or a detriment. Continue Reading →

How to Build a Deck with a Ramp

deck rampOne consideration when constructing a new deck is the addition of a ramp. This is a must if the household includes a wheelchair-bound occupant. Here are some construction tips for a deck with a ramp.

Considerations for a Ramp

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) establishes regulations for ramp construction. While these apply to commercial facilities, residences can benefit by following the same, or nearly identical, guidelines. Apartment complexes, by the way, fall under the commercial category, so compliance is a must.

The advice we impart below comes courtesy of ADA. Continue Reading →

Take Advantage of These Fencing Trends for 2019

fencing trendsImproving curb appeal is a common New Year’s resolution. The fence is one of the most visible components for neighbors looking from the outside in. This is why you should consider the latest fencing trends for boosting the appeal of your property’s exterior.

1. Shorter Fences

In the past, more homeowners preferred taller fences for privacy reasons. However, privacy seems like less of an issue these days. This is not really a surprise given the age of social media. Today, more people are opting for shorter picket fences, usually no taller than three-feet.

2. Shelving

Homeowners are adding shelves to the interior-facing portion of the fence. This trend is actually a popular way of adding a decorative element to a chain link fence. More people, though, are doing the same with other fence types. They typically use the shelf space for storing a variety of garden plants and other decorative items. Continue Reading →

Think Twice Before Growing Vines on a Fence

 grow vines fenceMore homeowners are electing to grow vines on their fences. Long and stringy plants wrapping around a picket fence produce natural beauty. However, allowing vines to accumulate on a wooden fence may actually damage the panels.

Why Growing Vines on Fences Is Detrimental

With the beauty of vines come hidden dangers. Vines grow the way they do in order to absorb as much sunlight as possible. Woody vines, such as trumpets and wisterias, are especially destructive. Vines also collect moisture, which ends up soaking into the wood’s surface. This creates an environment that invites rot and fungus if the wood is untreated. Moisture also attracts other problems, such as algae and boring insects.

In addition, vine roots can also grow in the spaces between wooden panels. As the roots expands, they can force separation between panels or even push them out of the ground altogether. Continue Reading →

Avoid Damage Caused by a Poorly Ventilated Roof

ventilated roofAn improperly ventilated roof can introduce a whole set of preventable issues. Aside from premature wear and damage, poor roof ventilation can also cause more heat to seep into the home during summer months. This, in turn, forces your AC system to work harder, leading to higher energy costs. Having a roofing service ventilate your roof will keep it in tip-top shape and add to its longevity.

The Consequences of Bad Ventilation

Simply put, inadequate ventilation is the catalyst for a fragile roof. This leaves shingles and slates vulnerable to mold and mildew. Snohomish and surrounding cities are particularly prone to high humidity, which puts homes and facilities with improperly ventilated roofs at risk. Trapped moisture can also cause the slates to crack.

In addition, too much moisture and air also leads to the formation of ice dams in the winter months. Ice dams create melted water that drips into the insulation and exterior walls where it can ruin the paint and sheetrock. The ice can also pull apart shingles and gutters. In the worst-case scenario, the weight of the ice can cause a roof collapse. Continue Reading →

Designer Shingles for a Luxurious Home Look

designer shingles, luxury shinglesAt some point you may have to replace your roof. Treat this as an opportunity to aim for a new curb appeal. Nowadays, homeowners have so many options at their disposal. One style is designer shingles, or luxury shingles as some people refer to them.

What Are Designer Shingles?

In the early 2000s, manufacturers began creating multi-layered shingles. These were asphalt shingles with two or more materials bonded together. This gives the shingles a three-dimensional appearance. Common materials include asphalt and fiberglass.

In the years since, manufacturers have released various luxury designer shingle styles. Many styles replicate the appearance of wood, stone, or natural slate. Continue Reading →

The Benefits of a Walkout Basement Deck

walkout basement deck, lower level deckA deck is a mainstay in outdoor home improvement. For the majority of homes, the deck belongs in the patio or back of the house. However, for homes resting on a slope, a walkout basement deck may be best.

What Is a Walkout Basement?

A walkout basement is commonplace in a home located on a slope. Due to the slanted surface, only a portion of the basement is below ground-level. This actually offers many possibilities. For one, the homeowners could add windows for the basement. The whole area is also more usable as an additional bedroom or living space. The addition of windows also increases air circulation and decreases damp conditions that can lead to mold and mildew.

If the slope is steep enough, you can also add a door that leads directly outside. The basement essentially becomes the first floor. This is where an outdoor basement deck enters the picture. Continue Reading →