5 Myths about Attic Ventilation

Ventilation is crucial to the life and effectiveness of every roofing system. Proper attic ventilation systems allow a continuous flow of outside air through the attic, protecting the efficiency of the insulation and helping to lower temperatures in the living space. It consists of a balance between air intake (at your eaves or soffits) and air exhaust (at or near your roof ridge).

Many people have preconceived notions about ventilation and how it works, but we’re here to clear that up. Here are 5 myths about attic ventilation.

Roof One will proudly serve you to make sure your home has the proper ventilation.

http://www.homeadvisor.com/r/5-myths-about-attic-ventilation/#.WQUQ21PyvVo5 Myths about Attic Ventilation Few things are more misunderstood about the home than attic ventilation. In essence, all ventilation is about circulating air to keep it fresh and to reduce moisture levels. About 90 percent of homes in the US have unreasonably high levels of moisture. Understanding whether your home could benefit from some form of attic ventilation might just be, if not a life-saver, a roof-saver. Here are some of the myths and the facts you need to know about attic ventilation.

Just like properly sizing your furnace and air conditioning unit, you want precisely the right amount of attic ventilation for your home. Insufficient ventilation can lead to moisture problems during the winter and decreased energy efficiency during the summer but too much ventilation can be just as bad, if not worse. Roof vents create an additional roof penetration, essentially another place of vulnerability where leaks can occur. Some vents are necessary, but you don’t want to needlessly increase the number of roof penetrations. More than leaks, these seams can cause blowouts during a hurricane or allow sparks from a wildfire to enter your home and set it ablaze.

So, how much ventilation should you have? Without exception, you should talk to a professional to determine what your home requires. Generally speaking, you need a ratio of 1:300, where for every 300 square feet of ceiling space, you need 1 square foot of attic ventilation. That said, air resistance and interference (such as vent grates) reduces the area of true ventilation. In other words, the entire vent opening doesn’t count as vented space.

Too many people believe the importance of roof ventilation is to increase energy efficiency during the summer. Good roof ventilation can do this, but shingle color, sun exposure and insulation are exponentially more important to overall energy efficiency than ventilation. Sure, installing roof vents for older homes can reduce your hot air during the summer, but there are probably more low-risk, cost-effective ways to increase your home’s energy efficiency.

Meanwhile, preventing moisture damage is a much greater benefit and applies to colder climates more than warmer ones. In fact, the colder the climate, the more likely it is that your home will benefit from attic ventilation. In order to install an unvented roofing system in colder climates, you’ll need highly rated, rigid insulation to prevent condensation on your roof sheathing. In warmer climates, you don’t need to worry about condensation. Think about how often dew forms on your grass. In these climates, hot attic spaces are eliminated by installing a thermal barrier along the roof line, instead of the attic floor.

Too many people believe that because heat rises, ventilating an attic space during the winter means you’re releasing warm air and creating a drag on your heating efficiency. If this is true, you’ve got bigger problems to worry about than letting warm air escape from your home. Poor insulation is usually the culprit, although if you enter the attic on sunny, winter day, your attic space can be warmed by the sun more than your furnace.

Unless your roofing system has insulation on the roofing deck and is designed without ventilation, your furnace should not be heating your attic. Worse yet, inadequate insulation is almost surely allowing moisture-laden air into your attic. When this warm, moist air hits your roof, it’s likely to form condensation that will lead to further deterioration of your insulation and/or wood rot. If you think this might be a concern, wait till the sun goes down and measure the temperature in your attic. It should be pretty close to the outdoor temperature.

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Snow Causing Damages

The unpredictable Colorado weather is back, and this time it snowed! There have been several reports of the snow damaging trees, knocking down power lines. In such situations it’s important to prepare your home and be aware of the dangers of tree branches breaking onto your property.

If you find yourself encountering a roofing situation due to this weather, give us a call. We proudly serve the areas of Lakewood, Parker, Longmont, Littleton, and Centennial.

http://www.krdo.com/weather/alert-snow-wallops-pueblo-knocks-out-power-for-thousands-turn-on-13-at-6-am-for-team-coverage/469880785Snow wallops southeastern Colorado, breaking trees and knocking out power – KRDO Pueblo County bore the brunt of a spring snowstorm that moved into southern Colorado Friday night.

Snow stacked up several inches deep in Pueblo and Pueblo West.

Thousands lost power overnight as tree branches broke under the weight of the snow and crashed down on power lines.

Heavy snow buries Colorado City

The situation in La Junta is similar to the situation in Pueblo. A large amount of heavy, wet snow has fallen, putting a strain on trees.

The southern half of Colorado Springs only picked up light snow accumulations overnight. Roads in this area are just wet.

Heavier amounts of snow fell across northern Colorado Springs, where some accumulation did occur on the roads. If you have to travel across northern Colorado Springs this morning, you should plan to encounter slushy areas as well as a few slick spots.

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Hydro-Jet Cleaning vs. Plumbing Snaking

So you have a clogged drain – How do you move forward? Which method do you use and what’s the difference?

When you run into a clog and need a sewer repair it’s important to understand the type of clog you’re dealing with and what method will work best to get rid of the problem. Rest assured that no matter the size of the job, we’ve got you covered.

http://homeguides.sfgate.com/plumbing-snaking-vs-hydro-jetting-87025.htmlPlumbing Snaking vs. Hydro Jetting | Home Guides | SF Gate Drain clogs are a problem for every homeowner at some point. Materials get stuck in toilet and sink drains or build up over time and result in slow drains or overflows. If your plunger won’t move the clog, you need something a little more powerful. Plumbers often use a plumbing auger or a hydro jet when clogs just won’t budge. Each is designed for different types of clogs.

Plumbing snakes, also called plumbing augers, consist of a long metal tube at one end with a cable inside that has a corkscrew auger or blades attached, and a hand crank at the other. The cable end of the snake is placed in the drain and you turn the crank end to extend the cable down the drain. When it reaches the clog you can feel the resistance and must turn the crank to push through the clog and then pull it out of the drain. Plumbing snakes may have a straight tube or a J-shaped bend. The straight tube style is intended for sink drains, while the J-shaped snakes are intended for toilets.

Hydro jetting consists of a high-pressure hose with a specialized nozzle connected to a machine that pressurizes the water, producing a powerful stream that clears the drain. Hydro jetting is usually done through a cleanout, which is an opening that allows plumbers to clean out clogs. The water is forced down the drain, where it pushes grease, mineral build-up, hair and other debris through the drain. With a powerful enough hydro jet, tree roots can also be broken up. However, before using a hydro jet, a plumber typically inspects the drain with a small camera to determine if the pipe is damaged.

A plumbing snake is ideal for minor clogs or when an item such as a toy gets stuck in the drain. If your plunger doesn’t remove the material, a snake is usually enough to remove most clogs. Snakes can also alert you to more serious problems. For example, if it can’t break through the material, you may have a tree root in the line, and not a buildup of hair. A hydro jet, on the other hand, doesn’t just break up clogs, it clears your plumbing lines of material that builds up on pipe walls, such as minerals and grease. Snaking doesn’t thoroughly clean your pipes, so it is a temporary solution to many types of clogs. While hydro jetting can clear almost any clog, it’s not an option for the do-it-yourselfer. If your pipes are damaged or weak, a hydro jet may cause more damage, so it is a process that should be done by a professional plumber to avoid damaging your plumbing.

The best way to clear your clogged plumbing lines depends on the cause of the problem. Hydro jetting is a solution that’s best when clogs can’t be removed using a plumbing snake, such as heavy sludge and grease that has built up over time, or tree roots. Plumbing snakes are ideal for slow-draining lines or to remove occasional blockages, such as too much toilet paper or food stuck in your sink drain.

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Motivating Someone to Seek Help

Denial is an essential component of becoming addicted to alcohol or drugs– after all, none of us really like to admit we have a problem with anything; and in the addictive process this tendency becomes all the more pronounced.

Helping someone else quit, whether you are a recovered addict yourself or not,  can be a process full of difficult conversations. Knowing how to have these conversations is essential. Maybe you have sought help from drug treatment centers in Denver or maybe you have asked friends, either way, preparing yourself will be helpful. 

Denial is a major barrier in the way of overcoming alcoholism or drug addiction– an absolutely essential first step is for the person to actually accept that at least they might have a problem. If the person you are concerned about does not admit that they might have a problem (in professional terms this is called Pre-Contemplation), you are facing an, almost, impossible task . If they are able to reach this conclusion, then they may become amenable to speaking to a professional in confidence. If they remain convinced there is no problem, then it is highly unlikely that they will wish to speak to anyone– after all, what would be the point?

The bottom line here is that people nearly always need to make decisions for themselves. This is not just related to alcoholism or drug use, but is generally true in life. Someone is much more likely to want to do something if they feel that this has been their own decision, rather than an ‘order’ from someone-else, or that they have to do it just to keep someone else happy.

Motivating Someone to Seek Help

 

Why your business’ appearance matters to customer impression

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It is an important space because this is the space in which people make critical judgements. It needs to have the right lighting, colours and displays.

Designing the interior of your business is important when you want to make a strong impression on your clients. How do you do this? Lighting in addition to colors are the elements you want to consider when creating the perfect ambiance. Give your local Littleton electrician a call and we can help you make your business as inviting as possible.  

It is a well-known fact in the retail community that up to 90 per cent of people who enter your store or business will turn right. It is an unconscious decision, but one worth knowing when it comes to dressing your store or business premises. The path that you use to entice your customers through your store will vary in layout and size. Without a clear path, your store looks like a mish-mash of rails and clothing. This is too cluttered and too undefined to the eye, confusing your shopper or customer.

Consider your own actions when you enter another store – does the pay point sit at a natural stopping point or an obvious point?

Why your business’ appearance matters to customer impression

The 4 Kinds of Flat Roofs

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Does your dream home have more of a modern theme? Then flat roofs might be an option for you. They are undoubtedly modern and tend to shy away from the traditional look. Maintenance on this type of roof is different and can be easier in some respects, and El Paso roofers are available for tips and advice on this option. There are also a few different styles, and each one comes with pros and cons.

Built-Up Roof (BUR)
The traditional hot-tar-and-gravel roof is built from three or more plies of waterproof material alternated with hot tar and ballasted by a layer of smooth river stone. Once made of tar paper, these types of roofs gradually are using more-advanced materials such as fiberglass membranes.

Pros: Gravel is an excellent fire retardant. Attractive for windows and decks that overlook the roof. It’s the cheapest of the four roof varieties.

Cons: Very heavy. Joists sometimes have to be strengthened. Smelly and messy to install. Installation’s not recommended for occupied homes. It’s not a DIY installation job, and it is hard to find the source of leaks. Gravel can clog gutters and scuppers.

 

Modified Bitumen
A single-ply rolled roof similar to ice-and-water shield, but impregnated with a mineral-based wear surface. Torch-down systems involve heating the adhesive as the material is unrolled. Newer peel-and-stick systems are safer and easier.

Pros: Peel-and-stick material can be installed by homeowners. Its light-colored mineral surface reflects heat and cuts energy bills. Its price is in the middle of the pack.

Cons: Torch-down application is a fire hazard, and not recommended for occupied buildings. It’s not as scuff- or tear-resistant as rubber-membrane roofs (see the next item).

 

Rubber Membrane
EPDM (short for ethylene propylene diene monomer) is a true rubber. The durable material resembles an inner tube, but it’s engineered to resist damage from sunlight. EPDM can be mechanically anchored with fasteners, ballasted with stone, or glued.

Pros: Homeowner-friendly installation. The material’s relatively light yet highly resistant to scuffs and tears. Leaks are easy to patch.

Cons: The standard black material absorbs heat, and light-colored coatings (recommended in warm climates) add 30% or more to the cost. Even the black version, though, costs more than BUR or modified bitumen. It’s also more vulnerable to punctures than other choices.

 

The 4 Kinds of Flat Roofs

Everyone’s Weirdest Dentist Stories

Jimmy Fallon recently asked his Twitter followers to share their weirdest dentist stories to be featured on The Tonight Show. As expected, they were quirky and hilarious. Most dentists work hard to make sure their patients are comfortable, but sometimes they miss that target. Here at Colorado Smile Design we promise you won’t experience any similar odd stories. Our office’s warm, relaxing atmosphere and friendly, knowledgeable team members will allow you to feel completely at ease. So please join us, we’ll give you something to smile about.

https://www.someecards.com/news/tweet-picks/myweirddentist-jimmy-fallon-hashtag-twitter-dentist/Jimmy Fallon Shared Everyone’s Weirdest Dentist Stories And They’re Guaranteed To Make You Open Wide. | Someecards Tweet Picks

Jimmy Fallon asked viewers to send in their weirdest dentist stories via Twitter using the hashtag #MyWeirdDentist, because apparently, enough people have weird dentists to make a whole hashtag for it?

Check out people’s weirdest dentists stories and determine for yourself if it makes you want to go to the dentist more or even less than you already do.

It is good to know that the person who is poking around your mouth with a bunch of sharp objects has such a wonderful sense of humor. Dads and dentists must get their jokes from the same places.
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6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning

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A few recent studies, such as ones by Arne May and Denise Park, do suggest that learning new skills, such as juggling or photography, for even three months may enhance brain functioning in adults.

No matter what our age, the ability to learn helps us grow as people and helps us expand our general knowledge. Sometimes learning new hobbies can be daunting and it’s easy to give up quickly. Truly though, we can learn anything we want at any age. Establishing new hobbies increases our cognitive ability through our life and we want to encourage Odessa assisted living residents to seek out a new skill they would like to learn. This process can be intimidating in adulthood, but what if we learned from the best learners? Infants.

Adults are often reluctant to go outside of their comfort zones. We don’t have consistent access to teachers. We fear looking stupid for making mistakes; we fear failure could cost us our jobs. We abandon the six aspects because they make us inefficient adults—we typically get paid for what we know. Perhaps a reason we see cognitive decline is that we do not engage in learning new skills for many years.There are six aspects in the environment and within infants and children that help these young learners learn so efficiently.

  1. Open-minded, input-driven learning (learning new patterns, new skills, exploring outside of one’s comfort zone).
  2. Individualized scaffolding (consistent access to teachers and mentors who guide learning).
  3. Growth mindset (belief) that abilities are developed with effort).
  4. Forgiving environment (allowed to make mistakes and even fail).
  5. Serious commitment to learning (learn to master essential skills rather than hobbies, persevere despite setbacks).
  6. Learning multiple skills simultaneously (such as developing language, motor, visual and social skills).6 Secrets Infants Can Teach Adults about Learning

 

The Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

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It is a great thing knowing that in the modern age of technology, reading is still a priority for many people. We always encourage our assisted living residents in Denver to continue reading because it not only works the mind but it sustains a great hobby.  Below are some books recommendations for this year so far.

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4 3 2 1 kicks off with as challenging a premise as Auster has ever constructed: four parallel narratives chronicling four different lives of the same character, Archie Ferguson. Although Auster chooses not to reveal why we’re reading about four versions of the same guy until the last half-dozen of the novel’s nearly 900 pages, 4 3 2 1’s real power radiates from each Archie’s adventures with love, sex, friendship, risks, books, writing and ideas. With this book, Auster has delivered the finest—though, one hopes, far from final—act in one of the mightiest writing careers of the last half-century. —Steve Nathans-Kelly

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MacLeod blends memoir and fiction to stunning effect in her short story collection, blurring the lines between life and death as she explores the nature of memory. In “Sylvia Wears Pink in the Underworld” and “Dreaming Diana: Twelve Frames,” she examines our relationship to celebrities after their death. While in stories like “The Thaw” and ‘The Heart of Denis Noble,” MacLeod crafts intimate portraits of individuals at the end of their lives. The collection’s haunting prose is by turns heartbreaking and uplifting, transforming the stories’ heavy themes into something entirely unique. —Bridey Heing

The Best Books of 2017 (So Far)

 

 

 

 

A Landmarked Park Slope Brownstone Awakens with Vibrant Color

Color is so important – especially in smaller spaces. It can make rooms seem larger than they are because they become filled with energy.

When you decide to add vibrant colors to your design, focus on more than just adding it to the walls. Having colorful chairs and sofas can be a lot of fun, especially in Denver where all of the buildings are neutral tones.

Stop by one of our showrooms today to explore our exciting and fun choices for your home.

http://www.designsponge.com/2017/04/a-landmarked-park-slope-brownstone-awakens-with-vibrant-color.htmlA Landmarked Park Slope Brownstone Awakens with Vibrant Color – Design*Sponge “While the renovation added many new features and opened up several spaces to create a better flow, the design was simultaneously careful not to overwhelm or compromise the spirit of the historic features,” Sarah says.

“The goal all along was to figure out how to make the house feel as wide as possible while preserving as much as possible,” Sam echoes. “The original details are actually quite grand, so we wanted to show them off as much as possible. Removing the wall between the front parlor and the original library (now kitchen) transformed the whole house. It exposed the central staircase which deserves to be seen. And Sarah’s design truly maximizes every square inch of space there is.”

While Sarah reconfigured the space to make it work for the family while honoring its past, she and Sam worked in tandem to infuse the home with energizing colors and other eye-catching design elements. Take a spin through the whole tour to see how color and history interplay harmoniously to give the Arcade family the space they need in the neighborhood they love.