Attic condensation is the accumulation of water droplets on the attic’s underside of the roof when the surface is in contact with humid air. How does this condensation come about? The humid air is trapped in your attic space; this air rises up from the living area below the attic. When this air comes into contact with the cold surface of your roof deck, the process of condensation occurs. Attic condensation is slower, more vicious but is less obvious than other roof damaging culprits and causes a lot of damage in your home. This is only one reason roof maintenance is so important as it gives you more of a chance of finding this issue before it is too late.
Effects Of Attic Condensation
There are numerous negative effects that are caused by attic condensation. Because there is no place for the moisture that arises due to the condensation to escape, it leads to high moisture levels in your roof. These high moisture levels cause a variety of damages. Some of the damage caused by this moisture accumulation include:
- Mold and fungal growths
- Wood rot and decay
- Roofing deterioration
- Pest appearance, such as termites
How To Prevent Attic Condensation In Your Home
High moisture in attics is usually present in areas of fluctuating temperatures and as a homeowner in South Florida, where temperatures are very temperamental, it’s in your best interest to hire roofing experts to complete regular roof maintenance and cleaning. When it comes to attic condensation, preventative measures such as roof maintenance are very beneficial because attic condensation can lead to extensive moisture problems in your home which can lead to more frequent roof repairs.
As a homeowner, escaping home repair and maintenance costs can’t be done but escaping unnecessary costs can. By investing in roof maintenance, you save money in the long run. Rather than spending precious time and money on fixing roofing problems that could have been avoided or deterred, just simply employ preventative measures.
What Do Attic Condensation Prevention Measures Include?
There are plenty of things that qualified roofers can do to minimize attic condensation, as well as its effects. These services aim to reduce the amount of humidity in your attic which is why they are mostly focused on insulation. By reducing humidity, you also decrease the build-up of attic condensation. Some of these preventative services include:
- Ensure good insulation, especially in your attic bypasses
- Installation of whole-home dehumidifiers
- Ensure exhaust fans are venting correctly and in the correct direction (into the attic instead of outside)
- Ensure heating ducts that run through your home are also insulated properly
- Adding additional insulation into your attic to prevent heat from rising up from below
- Installation of ventilation intakes on your soffit eaves
- Installation of additional attic fans
Benefits Of Prevention Measures
There is a range of benefits that come with the prevention of attic condensation. These benefits include reduced odor that may arise from mold or fungal growths, cost-effectiveness because money is saved when repair costs are avoided, prevention of gradual damage to your home, prevention of eroding of walls due to water vapor seeping in, prevention of deterioration of roof materials, avoiding property loss and damages, and an increase in the structural integrity of your roof which also increases your sense of safety and security.
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