HOMEOWNERS BEWARE OF ATTIC HEAT!

Example of air chutes installed at the soffits, where there is a soffit intake vent.

Example of air chutes installed at the soffits, where there is a soffit intake vent.

One invisible area of concern, in 90% of homes over 20 years old, is excessive heat in your attic.  

Excessive heat in your attic can lead to more problems down the road, in both the summer and the winter.  

In the summer, it will cook the underside of your roof sheathing, and overhead your shingles-- leading to their premature breakdown.  

It can cause framing rot, and delamination of the roof sheathing as well.  In the winter, because Calgary has so many chinooks, it can lead to warm, moist air, building up in your attic, forming large ice build ups, that will melt with the next chinook, and cause water damage on your ceilings.  

It will also lead to compaction, of your existing insulation material, reducing its effectiveness, and value.  Ask us about solving your ventilation problems.  We charge very close to our cost, and consider this to be an added service to our customers, and ot a huge money maker.  We are in the attic insulation business, but believe we have a responsibility to answer customer concerns about other aspects of their attics.

There are two primary causes"

  • Lack of insulation allowing heat from the home into the attic
  • Lack of proper exhaust ventilation in your attic

The solutions are also very simple:

  • Upgrade attic insulation to R50 level
  • Ensure proper air flow with air chutes, roof vents, and turbines.

Upgrade attic insulation will act as the first line of defence, but preventing your expensive heat (in the summer) from leaving your home, and migrating into your attic.  Once it is in your attic, however, it's time to say goodbye to that heat.  Heat that is trapped in your attic can cause significant problems as outlined above.  While there doing your attic upgrade, our installers will take a look at your ventilation situation, and suggest simple, affordable solutions, if any are present.  

Almost all air flow concerns can be met by installing air chutes at the soffit, where good intake venting is present.  If you don't have good intake venting, we can install several roof vents low on the roofline, to act as intake, all in combination with one or two whirlybird turbines.  This should get your air flowing.  An added benefit is that in the heat of summer, this heat will be vented out of your attic, instead of dropping back into your home as the evening cools, keeping you cooking all night long!