As homeowners fire up their furnaces and heating systems for winter, humidity problems become a bigger threat for many roofing systems. Warm moist air from your HVAC and from water-related activities inside your home all contribute to your indoor humidity levels. Excessive humidity can cause window condensation, energy efficiency losses, or, in the case of roofs, moisture problems.
Warm moist air rises naturally which means they often end up inside your attic. When this air comes into contact with the cool underside of your roof, it condenses into liquid water which stays on the wooden beams that support the roof panels. Over time, this can lead to water damage. Here are a few tips from our experts at Easton Roofing on how to avoid this type of common winter problem.
Insulate the Attic
Talk to your roofing contractors about putting layers of insulation throughout your attic. With enough insulation, you help regulate the temperature inside your roof, discouraging water vapor from condensing. Insulation is only one part of the solution, however, because if there is nowhere for the moist air to go, the vapor pressure can be enough to still cause it to condense.
The most effective solution to lower humidity levels in your roof is to give the warm moist air in your attic a way to exit your home. This is done through adequate ventilation. Vents are installed in the ridges of your roof as well as in the soffits, serving as both intake and exhaust channels to force air out of the roof itself.
Regular Maintenance and Repairs
Lastly, do not delay roof repair jobs when it comes to moisture problems. Regular and seasonal maintenance can also be helpful in ensuring that your roof is in good condition throughout the year. Sign up for a maintenance agreement with your local roofers to keep your roof free of any moisture-related issues.
Don’t let moisture problems bring your roof down. At Easton Roofing, we are your leading provider of roof repair and maintenance services, as well as installation and replacement. Give us a call at (913) 257-5426 or fill out our contact form to schedule a maintenance appointment and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Kansas City and other nearby areas.