As the seasons change and things start to warm up again, it’s time to start thinking about what’s outside. Here’s my annual spring checklist of chores you want to be considering in order to clean up after winter’s wrath and start getting ready for an enjoyable summer.
I hate to be the one to remind you, but remember that ice dam on the roof you wrestled with all winter? And remember how hot the attic was last summer when you went up there to store some boxes? Spring is the ideal time to take care of both of those problems by adding some additional attic ventilation while it’s not too hot or too cold to work up there.
Attic ventilation should equal approximately 1 square foot of vent area for every 300 square feet of attic, so first figure out roughly how many square feet your attic is, then divide by 300. The total vent area should be roughly split between high and low vents, so now divide that number by two.
Take some measurements to see if you have an adequate amount of vent area both low in the eaves or soffits, and high on the roof at the ridge or in the gable ends. If not, add more as needed. While you’re at it, repair any vent screens and flashings.