Cape Cod-style homes are not just for our East Coast friends. Drive around Southern Ohio and Northern Kentucky, and you’re sure to find this traditional architecture right in your backyard.
While these homes are great for small families, they are challenging to insulate and ventilate thanks to their short knee walls against the sloped roof.
These triangular attic spaces lead to heat loss and increase the risk of ice damming, a potentially costly architectural failure for any homeowner.
However, there are options that don’t include moving to a new house!
Proper Insulation and Ventilation For A Cape Cod Home
Just like you, your roof wants to breathe.
But when heavy spray foam is used to insulate behind knee walls, it can create an air seal that blocks off proper ventilation and lead to ice dams.
To avoid this, you must ensure that the outside air is roughly the same temperature as inside your attic and that it can flow freely through the space.
But contractors can only insulate or ventilate a Cape Cod-style home – not both. If the attic is properly ventilated and airflow is unobstructed, there will be a void in the thermal boundary.
This creates heat seepage in the winter and hot air intake in the summer – not to mention higher energy costs!
When the attic is insulated with spray foam, it creates disconnected areas that won’t be properly ventilated – leading to those ice dams.
So, what can you do?
HKC Roofing Can Help
HKC Roofing’s team of qualified experts knows the challenges Cape Cod-style homeowners face.
We’ll find a solution to your home’s poor ventilation and insulation issues that can help lower your energy bill and increase the longevity of your home.
We have an A+ Rating from the Better Business Bureau and are part of the National Roofing Contractors Association, serving our Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky area neighbors.