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Air Vent is committed to helping roofing professionals everywhere by collecting and sharing best practices and solutions in residential attic ventilation.

Air Vent University is an extension of this commitment. Here you’ll find useful information to help you in the field now and as a reference for the future. We’ll add new “lesson plans” regularly. We’ll also mix in some fun with pop quizzes and occasional prizes. And check out our podcast, too. Welcome.

 

 

 

   

 


Airing it Out with Air Vent is a podcast focusing on residential attic ventilation best practices, tips, and solutions. It is an extension of our popular Attic Ventilation: Ask the Expert in-person seminars held for residential roofing professionals across North America every winter. Listen to episodes below, or find us on your favorite Podcast Network.

 

 

 

Episode 13 - Improper Attic Ventilation Reduces Shingle Life 24%

 

Episode 13: Balanced attic ventilation with equal amounts of intake and exhaust airflow can help the shingles on the roof meet their full life expectancy. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, roofing professionals report a 24% reduction in shingle life and many documented problems to the shingles due to improper attic ventilation.

 

 

A special thank you to Greta Bajrami, the CEO of Golden Group Roofing in Westborough, Massachusetts for sharing her expertise for this podcast episode!


Greta is among the finalists for Beacon Building Products Female Roofing Professional of the Year.
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Additional Resource: Impact of Attic Ventilation on Shingle Life

 

 

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Episode 12 - Getting Insurance to Pay to Bring the Attic Ventilation Up to Code

 

Episode 12: Paying to replace a storm-damaged roof without also paying to bring the attic ventilation up to minimum building code standards is purchasing a sub-par roof. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we discuss how contractors are convincing homeowner’s insurance to pick up the full tab on behalf of homeowners.

 

 

A special thank you to Kyle Pyatt, the Director of Residential Sales for Gen 3 Roofing Corporation in Centennial, Colorado and Sabrina Johnson, President of KDCO Home Improvement in Akron, Ohio for sharing their expertise for this podcast episode!


Learn More: Handy Checklist to Get Insurance to Pay for Proper Attic Ventilation

 

 

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Episode 11 - Attic Ventilation Can Boost Your Business

 

Episode 11: Attic ventilation isn’t just good for the roof and house, it’s good for business, too. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we discuss how contractors can boost their bottom line and their credibility by regularly including balanced intake and exhaust attic ventilation in the scope of their roofing projects.

 

 

A special thank you to Kyle Pyatt, the Director of Residential Sales for Gen 3 Roofing Corporation in Centennial, Colorado for sharing his expertise for this podcast episode!

 

 

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Episode 10 - Invest in Yourself and Your Business with Continuous Education

 

Episode 10: By investing in yourself and your employees through continuous education, you help build your individual value and grow your business. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we discuss many readily available ways to continuously learn.

 

 

A special thank you to Kevin Marcano, owner of Marcano Roofing in Salem, Oregon for sharing his expertise for this podcast episode!

 

 

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Episode 9 - Fighting Wintertime Moisture

 

Episode 9: Occupants of the house generate between 2 to 4 gallons of water vapor daily by cooking, cleaning, showering, doing laundry, breathing and perspiring. In the winter, this water vapor is attracted to the colder, dryer attic where it can become a problem if it’s not properly ventilated. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we examine how to fight wintertime moisture.

 

 

A special thank you to Jerry Becker roofing consultant with Roof Life of Oregon in Tigard, Oregon for sharing his expertise for this podcast episode!

 

 

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Episode 8 - Ice Dams vs. Roofs

 

Episode 8: It’s impossible to completely stop Mother Nature and the ice dams that impact roofs. But it is possible to reduce their frequency and severity. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we share helpful tips in the battle of ICE DAMS vs. ROOFS.

 

 

A special thank you to all who contributed to this podcast episode!

Sabrina Johnson
KDCO Home Improvements - Akron, Ohio

Jake Jacobson
SF5 Construction - Little Elm, Texas

Chuck Power
Gulfeagle Supply - Michigan

 

 

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Episode 7 - What Homeowners Should Know about Attic Ventilation

 

Episode 7: When a homeowner is ready to listen to the roofing contractor or home inspector’s assessment of the attic ventilation system, what exactly will be said? In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, here are five key points every homeowner should be aware of about attic ventilation.

 

 

A special thank you to Shawn Bellis owner of EPIC Exteriors in Overland Park, Kansas for
sharing his expertise for this podcast episode!

 

 

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Episode 6 - Roofers VENT about Homeowners

 

Episode 6: Not every homeowner agrees with the residential roofing contractor’s assessment of the attic ventilation improvements needed. They want a new roof but not necessarily attic ventilation fixes. Sometimes it’s due to price. Sometimes it’s the homeowner’s refusal to understand the project. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we let roofing contractors VENT about homeowners.

 

 

A special thank you to all who contributed to this podcast episode!

Jeff Heitzenrater
Triple Peaks Roofing and Construction - Olmstead Falls, Ohio

Matt Cooper
Redemption Roofing - Conroe, Texas

Corey Ballweg
Mid-Towne Construction - Cross Plains, Wisconsin

Clayton Putman
Elite Roofing - Denver, Colorado

Greg Pike
Campo Roofing - Twinsburg, Ohio

Sabrina Johnson
KDCO Home Improvement - Akron, Ohio

Chris Arrington
Arrington Roofing - Dallas, Texas

Jeff Barnett
Barnett Roofing & Siding - Canton, Michigan

Richard Turner
R. J. Turner Remodeling - Winston Salem, North Carolina

Patrick Readyhough
Pond Roofing Company - Fairfax, Virginia

 

 

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Episode 5 - Costly Lesson Learned After Skipping Attic Inspection

 

Episode 5: It’s hot in the attic. Getting inside the attic can be tricky. And navigating around is not always easy. But skipping an attic inspection prior to installing a new roof could result in a costly callback – possibly a brand new roof paid for by the roofing contractor. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, Pond Roofing shares its story.

 

 

A special thank you to Patrick Readyhough of Pond Roofing in Fairfax, Virginia for sharing his story for this podcast episode!

 

 

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Episode 4 - 2nd Most Common Attic Ventilation Mistake

 

Episode 4: Sometimes a homeowner or a roofing contractor or even the HVAC contractor during a house call suggests adding a second type of attic exhaust vent to boost the vents already in place. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, residential roofing pros share their first-hand stories of why mixing types of attic exhaust vents is a problem to avoid.

 

 

A special thank you to all who contributed to this podcast episode!

Ron Gonzalez
Roofing Contractor - Aurora, Illinois

Trevor Atwell
Atwell Exterior Services - Greenville, North Carolina

Tim Chapin
Your Safe and Healthy Home - Akron, Ohio

Paul Vosen
Degenhardt Home Improvement - Madison, Wisconsin

Scott Dennison
Dennison Exterior Solutions & Gutter Topper - Saint Joseph, Michigan

Shawn Bellis
Epic Exteriors - Overland Park, Kansas

Ron Bastian
Bastian Roofing - Richfield, Wisconsin

Sean Toms
S & K Roofing - Eldersburg, Maryland

Tom Picha
Affordable Roofing - Aurora, Illinois

 

 

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Episode 3 - #1 Attic Ventilation Mistake Across North America

 

Episode 3: No amount of attic exhaust ventilation can overcome the lack of intake ventilation at the eave/soffit or roof’s lowest edge. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, residential roofing pros explain why they ensure attic ventilation includes exhaust and intake.

 

 

A special thank you to all who contributed to this podcast episode!

Sue McCollum May
A Better Way Construction and Roofing - Lincoln, Nebraska

Chris Arrington
Arrington Roofing - Dallas, Texas

Jeff Barnett
Barnett Roofing & Siding - Canton, Michigan

Clayton Putman
Elite Roofing - Denver, Colorado

Greg Pike
Campo Roofing - Twinsburg, Ohio

Sandra Daffer
Hawaiian Built Roofing - Boise, Idaho

Sean Jegen
Gorilla Exteriors Contracting - Shawnee, Kansas

Sean Toms
S & K Roofing - Eldersburg, Maryland

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Episode 2 - Top 10 Residential Attic Ventilation Tips from the Field

 

Episode 2: The most qualified people to offer tips and guidance for avoiding mistakes and callbacks are the very people who have first-hand experience with the issue. In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we asked residential roofing pros to give us their top attic ventilation tips based on what they have seen in the field.

 

 

 

A special thank you to all who contributed to this podcast episode!

 

Scott Dennison
Dennison Exterior Solutions - St. Joseph, Michigan

Tom Picha
Affordable Roofing - Aurora, Illinois

Sabrina Johnson
KDCO Home Improvements - Akron, Ohio

Shawn Bellis
EPIC Exteriors - Overland Park, Kansas

Sean Toms
S & K Roofing - Eldersburg, Maryland

Corey Ballweg
Mid Towne Construction - Cross Plains, Wisconsin

Jeff Heitzenrater
Triple Peaks Roofing & Construction - Olmstead Falls, Ohio

Richard Turner
RJ Turner Remodeling - High Point, North Carolina

Jake Jacobson
SF5 Construction - Little Elm, Texas

Trevor Atwell
Atwell Exterior Services - Greenville, North Carolina

Tim Chapin
Your Safe and Healthy Home - Akron, Ohio

Ron Bastian
Bastian Roofing - Richfield, Wisconsin

Jerry Becker
Roof Life of Oregon - Tigard, Oregon

Sue May
A Better Way Construction & Roofing - Lincoln, Nebraska

Paul Vosen
Degenhardt Home Improvement - Madison, Wisconsin

Steve DuCharme
Innovative Builders Roofing & Construction - Edmond, Oklahoma

 

 

Episode 1 - Most Homes Have Incorrect Attic Ventilation. So What?

 

Episode 1: Most attics have incorrect or insufficient ventilation. Our survey shows it’s 77% of today’s homes. So What? In this episode of Airing it Out with Air Vent, we dive deep into the potential consequences of improperly ventilated attics and explain why it matters.

 

 

 

 

 

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