Weatherization Basics
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Moisture Management

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Windows and Doors

Roofing and Attics

HVAC Systems

Electrical and Plumbing

Interior Finishes
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Roofing and Attics

Because the roof is a home's first line of defense against rain, snow, wind, and sun, it is critical that weatherization specialists understand roofing materials, as well as why roofs need to be ventilated. In this lesson on roofs and attics describes the range of roofing materials available and outlines the ventilation requirements demanded by the building codes for reducing heat buildup and exhausting indoor moisture.

After completing this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Recognize common roofing materials
  • Explain how soffit and ridge vents work
  • Discuss why roof ventilation is important
  • Explain why roofing manufacturers require roof ventilation
  • Describe how ice dams form and how they can be reduced or prevented

Watch our example videos for this lesson by clicking on the link(s) below:
Roofing and Attics

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