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When it comes to replacing the roof on your home, the number one term that should be on the minds of any do-it-yourselfer is longevity. The goal is to install a roof that is going to stand the test of time. In view of the difficulty involved in installing a roof, many individuals have opted to have a Summerville roofing contractor do the work for them. However, other homeowners have felt that they were up to the challenge and have decided to install or replace the roof on their home themselves. If you are one of these intrepid go-getters, you may be asking yourself, "what are some things that I can do in order to improve the longevity of my home?"

It is essential to first identify factors that could damage the roof and the possessions in your home. These factors are moisture, heat and ice. One of the primary weapons that a do-it-yourselfer has when installing a roof that will stand up against these challenges is properly installing ridge vents. Ridge vents are designed to provide ventilation for the roof. It allows hot and moist air to escape from the attic area in the home. Installing ridge vents will not only protect the roof and the possessions in your attic, but it will also decrease the amount of money spent on energy costs.

The Federal Housing Authority requires the installation of ridge vents or attic ventilation.

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Since ridge vents are installed in the highest point of the roof, proper safety equipment should be used. This is especially the case for a first-time do-it-yourselfer who may not be as secure or sure on a roof as a professional would be. Proper safety equipment would include harnesses and other apparatuses designed to prevent slips and falls while working on the roof's ridge.

Deciding on the amount of ventilation that will be needed for your attic and your roof is essential. A good guide to use is the local building code. These codes will lay out what the balanced attic ventilation requirements are for your area. Once the amount of ventilation that is required is determined, and once the types of vents that are needed are selected, be sure to strictly adhere to all of the written instructions from the vent's manufacturer.

During the installation process, avoid cutting attic rafters, electrical or telecom wires, and ensure that the vent has been properly fastened. This last step is designed to prevent blow off or the infiltration of weather.

Installing a new roof that will stand the test of time can be a daunting task. However, it is one that you as a homeowner can do successfully if you take your time and do the appropriate research prior to beginning the project.

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