Moisture is the number one cause of roof damage and deterioration. It comes up in several unsightly ways, such as ceiling discoloration, sagging gutters, metal corrosion and rotting materials. NorthWest Construction, the leading provider of high-quality roofing and gutters in the region, talks about the factors that cause moisture damage and how you can prevent such problems from affecting your roof.
Mold and Mildew
If moisture is present in your attic, there is a good chance that mold and mildew will develop and spread throughout the room below. Mold and mildew don’t really harm the roof, but they can become a serious health risk, particularly to family members with asthma or allergies.
Calling in roof repair services to put a ventilation system in place can help minimize moisture levels inside your home. Other steps to take include using the exhaust fan when cooking or showering.
When moisture trapped inside the home rises and passes through the ceiling, it condenses as it reaches the roof, transforming from gas to liquid. This newly developed condensation produces a damp environment that will affect the shingles from below, weakening them and making them prone to leaks.
It’s important to note, though, that roof condensation can only occur when the roof is cooler than the air within the attic. You can easily address this with proper ventilation that ensures both the attic and roof both have almost the same temperature.
Too much moisture in the attic can also cause shingles to curl, blister or crack. This will potentially put your roof at a higher risk of water intrusion during rainy and snowy weather, which leads to even bigger and costlier repairs down the line. Get your roof inspected by a professional roofing contractor so that issues can be diagnosed and addressed quickly.
NorthWest Construction is your trusted roofing company in the region. If you need help protecting your roof and your home from moisture damage, we’ve got you covered. Schedule a FREE consultation by calling us at (313) 277-7676 or by completing our form today. We serve homeowners in West Bloomfield, Dearborn and Taylor, MI.