Do you have a roof condensation problem, or is it a leak?
Without a professional inspection, you may not know for sure. Condensation can create moisture in the attic, water stains on the ceilings and damp spots on the walls — all of which are also possible signs of a roof leak.
Fortunately, just as with roof leaks, experienced roofers have methods for dealing with condensation.
What Causes Roof Condensation?
When you take a can of soda pop out of the fridge on a hot day, what happens? The outside of the can begins to sweat — that’s condensation. The tiny drops of water appear as a result of warm, moist air coming into contact with a cold surface.
Condensation can occur just like this with your roof. The rising hot air in your attic combined with cooler outside temperatures can result in moisture inside your home. The water can also become trapped between the roof and your insulation.
Inadequate ventilation and insulation are leading causes of roofing condensation. Poor workmanship during roofing repair or installation may be another contributing factor.
Anyone can experience a roof condensation problem. However, Utah homeowners who live in humid areas are at a greater risk than those who live an arid regions.
What Problems Result from Roof Condensation?
Roof condensation often goes on for quite some time before it’s noticed. Signs of water damage appear in the attic before spreading into ceilings and walls.
But many people visit their attics infrequently. When the roof problem isn’t caught early, water can seep into the insulation and other permeable home materials. Moisture encourages mold and mildew growth, which can cause or aggravate a number of allergic and respiratory health issues. And the wetness also attracts insects and pests.
If condensation reaches the wooden roof rafters and trusses, the structural integrity of the roof may be compromised. Without proper support, the roof could sag, rot or even collapse.
How Can You Prevent Roof Condensation?
With sufficient attic ventilation and the right insulation, roof condensation can be prevented. Experienced roofers can make sure that your attic space has the proper airflow and materials to allow moisture to effectively escape.
If you think you already have a roof problem, contact a professional roofer for repair right away; delay, and you could be looking at bigger (and costlier) headaches.
The Knockout Roofing team, serving the greater northern Utah area for over 15 years, has the skills and experience to make sure your home is protected against roof condensation. To schedule a free consultation, contact our Salt Lake City office today.