Entries by Colin

Attic Moisture Sources

Attic moisture sources can be difficult to diagnose.  The sources can range from framing voids, compromised ceiling vapor barrier, electrical or plumbing penetrations, attic hatches or the ever increasing volume of recessed lighting fixtures.  One of the most common attic moisture … Continue reading

Properly air seal pot lights

Pot lights.  Everyone loves them.  They are chic, minimalist and used frequently in both new construction and renovations.  Unfortunately they represent a penetration in the ceiling vapor barrier that when improperly air sealed can be a source of unwanted heat … Continue reading

Roofing Downspouts

Potential granule loss at downspouts Prolonged water flow from roofing downspouts draining on to a lower roof line can result in excessive granule loss and potentially lead to more serious water ingress issues. Extending your down spouts to meet the … Continue reading

Air sealing attic

One of the most important factors in keeping a healthy energy efficient home is to ensure the entire envelope of your building is air sealed. Much like a balloon, poking holes in your homes building envelope will let air escape.  … Continue reading

Attic insulation article

Read a great article on the Construction Instruction website discussing some of the same factors we do here on our IDEAL blog.  You can read the full article HERE.    There is also a nice visual representation of Attic insulation … Continue reading

Attic Rain

CBC Calgary recently reported on an unfortunate instance of Attic condensation termed “Attic Rain”. You can read the article HERE. As Attic insulators we come across this phenomena during the Winter months. It is caused by a combination of 3 … Continue reading