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Bertogliat wrote:


fightclub30 wrote:


Bertogliat wrote:


NYC Gopher fan wrote:


I agree with what has been said above.

Make sure you do the stupid easy stuff like replacing furnace filters.

If you need new appliances, Black Friday is a good time to buy.

Get a roof rake for winter. Ice damns suck

My parents had an awful ice dam 5 or 6 years ago. They probably had over a foot of ice and it eventually leaked through the roof and stained their ceiling. It cost them a fortune to have the dam steamed off the roof.

After that, my dad installed heater wires on the roof to melt the ice dams and hasn’t had an issue since. MUCH less work too.

Ice Dams are a symptom, not the problem. You can spend a fortune year over year addressing the symptom and never fix the problem.

A 1″ spray-foam “lift” in your attic with 14″-18″ of cellulose on top likely fixes the problem. We did it to our house for about $2,400. I hear people are paying $500 per hour to “steam” their roofs…

Assuming your attic space is accessible, this would be the preferred option. Not all cold spaces are accessible.

You are correct. Vaulted ceilings and other things create problems. We didn’t build buildings very well for a long time. There is a reason for phrases like “builder grade”.

The only way homes are still built that way is an exemption in the energy code. That exemption will be gone next code cycle, but they builders are pushing to keep it. “Let’s keep building crappy homes!!!”