Attic ventilation mistakes to avoid

Problems arise after re-siding, reroofing
Published on Jul 15, 2011

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Q: I just had my house sided and roofed and the contractor closed off the gable vents except for drilling six holes in the inside bottom of the decorative half-round louvers at the tops of my house. He left insulation and Tyvek on the rest of the vent. He also installed a solar fan in the attic.

I am worried that the fan will burn out since there is not enough air to suck out of the attic because of the closing off of the vents. Plus, I thought the vents were needed for a good air flow. My contractor insists that what he did is correct. Please give me your opinion or someone to call for an unbiased opinion of this procedure. --Madeline D.

A: What your contractor did is certainly not correct.

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