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Attic Services

Your attic may not be on the list of annual home improvement projects, but it certainly should be! A properly functioning attic is extremely important for both the comfort level in your home, and the life and durability of your roof. Every year, homeowners contact roofing companies to address minor roof repairs like missing shingles and roof leaks. Yet, in the majority of cases, the source of these issues can be traced back to an improperly functioning attic.
Rovis Roofing provides a variety of services specifically designed to assess and correct deficiencies in your attic that extend the life of your roof and improve the overall comfort level in your home. We begin with an attic inspection so that our technicians can assess and evaluate the attic as a whole, along with the components most prone to deficiency. From there, we provide a report of our findings, complete with photos, and a quote for any recommended work. 
Attic insulation in a home in York Region
Attic insulation in a home in York Region
Mould in an attic in York Region
Insulated bathroom hose in an attic in York Region

Is your home too hot in the summer and too cold in the winter? Are there areas of the house that feel stuffy? Do you crank your furnace or AC to try and balance the temperature? Unfortunately, things like this tend to be the norm for residents of York Region, and it all boils down to an improperly functioning attic. 

Curious about the state of your attic? Book your inspection today!

Blocked Soffits

Blocked soffits are an incredibly common deficiency in York Region homes, especially in newer-built ones. The purpose of the soffits are to draw fresh, cool, outside air into the attic so it can circulate the space before exiting through the roof vents. But if the soffits are blocked no outside air can enter the space, which creates a temperature imbalance within the home (especially on the upper floors). Soffits become blocked for a variety of reasons, including a build up of debris over time, or bats of insulation that cover the vented openings. Simply unblocking the soffit cavities in your attic will provide an almost immediate and noticeable difference in the comfort level of the home. 
Blocked soffits in an attic in York Region

Blocked Soffits

Cleared Soffits

Blocked soffits in an attic in York Region

Blocked Soffits

Cleared soffits in an attic in York Region

Cleared Soffits
(note the visible daylight)

Once cleared, the easiest way to ensure your soffits never become blocked again is to install baffles. Baffles are W-shaped pieces of styrofoam or plastic that create a tunnel for outside air to flow into the attic with ease. The base of the baffle is wedged into the soffit cavity on an angle with the edges installed on the underside of the roof, thereby allowing air to easily flow up the tunnel and into the attic while preventing any debris or insulation from ever blocking the soffit cavity again. Baffles are an easy and cost-effective solution to improve the airflow and breathability of your roof and attic, along with the overall comfort level in your home. 
Baffles installed in an attic in York Region

Attic Baffles

Baffles installed in an attic in York Region

Attic Baffles

Baffles installed in an attic in York Region

Attic Baffles

"It's been over a year since you guys topped up my attic insulation and not only is my home much more comfortable, but I've saved a ton of money on my energy bills! Thank you Rovis Roofing!" - Eileen, Richmond Hill

Attic Insulation

Did you know there are more than 7 million under-insulated attics in Canada? Is yours one of them? In Ontario, the minimum code for blown-in attic insulation is 22.5" in order to achieve an R60 rating. This R-value in your attic will balance the internal temperature of your home while allowing you to save up to 20% annually on heating & cooling costs. 
Every attic has been insulated at some point. But there are many factors that determine the performance of the insulation over time, including the type of insulation that was installed, the quantity of insulation that was installed, and the amount of time that has elapsed since the attic was initially insulated. Before you embark on any attic insulation or top-up service, it's important to know your options. There are two main players in the blown-in attic insulation space - cellulose insulation and fiberglass insulation. 
Cellulose attic insulation

Cellulose Insulation

Cellulose insulation has been a dominant player in the attic insulation market for decades and is still used today by both new home builders and homeowners seeking to top-up their attic insulation. 
Cellulose insulation is made from post-consumer recycled products and is treated to reduce risks from fire and mould. It's a versatile product, offers strong R-values, is extremely cost-effective, and environmentally friendly due to its high level of recycled content.
But there are drawbacks with cellulose insulation. This product is susceptible to water damage, meaning that if you ever have a roof leak or condensation issue in the attic, any moisture that lands on the insultation will damage it and render it useless. In addition, cellulose insulation is known to settle following its installation, meaning that its performance degrades over time as the product settles under its own weight. Furthermore, the installation process can create a lot of dust and debris. 
Fiberglass insulation in an attic

Fiberglass Insulation

Fiberglass insulation emerged as a competitor to cellulose insulation some time ago, but has been refined over the years to the point where it is the preferred choice for many blown-in attic insulation installers.
Fiberglass insulation is made from small chunks of recycled glass mixed with sand, which gives it superior properties in both sound deafening and water resistance. Over time, the product has been improved significantly to increase energy performance and eco-friendliness. Fiberglass insulation is fire, water and mould resistant, has stronger R-values over cellulose insulation, never settles, can expand up to 17x its size, and offers a virtually dust-free installation. In addition, fiberglass insulation can be blown-in right over top of an existing product without issue. The only drawback with fiberglass insulation is that it is slightly more expensive than cellulose insulation. 

*Note: Rovis Roofing only installs fiberglass insulation on our attic insulation top-up projects. We use the Owens Corning AttiCat® Pink® blown-in fiberglass insulation product.

Low amount of attic insulation in a home
Bags of attic insulation outside a house
Fiberglass attic insulation in a home
Insulation blown in to an attic
Attic insulation blown in to a home
attic services - attic insulation - blown-in insulation top up - minimum code insulation
Blown in attic insulation in a home
Attic insulation blown into a house

Insulated Lines, Hoses, and Ventilation

Aside from blocked soffits, one of the more common attic deficiencies in York Region homes is the lack of insulated lines and improper ventilation. Every line or hose that runs through an attic and out through the roof should be wrapped in an insulated blanket to prevent condensation from forming, which can drip down and damage the insulation and mask itself as a roof leak when it pools on the attic floor. The most common hoses that run through an attic are bathroom fans, kitchen fans, and furnace exhaust lines. 
Ensuring your lines and hoses are connected to a proper roof exhaust vent is crucial in avoiding problems with your attic. More than 80% of the homes in York Region have the wrong roof vent installed! This is a result of a lack of understanding of proper roof ventilation by many roofing contractors, along with an absence of education and information on the subject available to homeowners.
Every roof needs two types of vents - standard roof vents, which are installed close to the ridge (or peak) of the roof and allow the hot, moist air from the attic to dissipate at the highest point of the roof line, and exhaust vents, which are seen lower down the roof and fitted with a collar and damper specifically designed to connect to an exhaust hose so that the air exits right out through the roof vent. If you have a standard roof vent acting as an exhaust vent, there's no connection for the hose to mate with the vent, meaning it's likely your hoses are exhausting right into the attic, which is a recipe for condensation and mould. 
Uninsulated bathroom fan exhaust line in an attic

Uninsulated Exhaust Line

Insulated bathroom fan hose in an attic

Properly Insulated Exhaust Line 

Uninsulated furnace exhaust line in an attic

Uninsulated Exhaust Line
(note the condensation on the pipe)

Insulated furnace exhaust pipe in an attic

Properly Insulated Exhaust Line 

Standard roof vent in place of a proper roof exhaust vent

Incorrect Roof Exhaust Vent

Removing an incorrect roof vent on a house

Removing the Incorrect Roof Vent
(see the exhaust hose from the attic)

Installing a correct roof exhaust vent on a home

Installing a Proper Roof Exhaust Vent (note the collar on the vent that fits into the exhaust hose) 

New roof exhaust vent installed on a home

Correct Roof Exhaust Vent Installed

Incorrect roof exhaust vent on a house

Incorrect Roof Exhaust Vent

Correct roof exhaust vent on a house

Correct Roof Exhaust Vent

Incorrect roof exhaust vents on a house

Incorrect Roof Exhaust Vents

Correct roof exhaust vent on a house

Correct Roof Exhaust Vent

Exhaust line in an attic not connected to a roof vent

Insulated Exhaust Hose Not Connected to a Proper Roof Vent
(note the mould on the insulation and plywood as a result)

Insulated exhaust line in an attic connected to a proper roof vent

Insulated Exhaust Hose Connected to a Proper Roof Vent

Time for an attic inspection for your home?