Some forms of roof damage aren’t as obvious as the others. Take the problem of excess humidity, for instance. It can be hard to identify, and before you know it, the damage has spread through the attic and into your living spaces. Today, we talk about how too much humidity can have an impact on your roof’s structural integrity.
Humidity as a Contributing Factor to Roof Damage
Indoor heat and moisture tends to rise and collect in your attic. Without the benefit of proper ventilation, condensation starts to form, causing damage to the roof’s wooden and metal components, including the rafters, trusses and fasteners. Failure to address these can lead to the accumulation of rot and mold inside the attic and your living spaces.
The Sources of Moisture
Moisture is released in your home through daily household activities, from cooking and taking hot showers to doing the laundry and washing dishes. Some homes have heating systems that release steam as hot water gets circulated through pipes and radiators. Leaks and other plumbing issues may also contribute to the buildup of indoor moisture.
Dealing With Indoor Humidity
As a trusted local roof repair contractor, we recommend keeping tabs on your home’s relative indoor humidity levels. Ideally, it should range between 30% to 50%. More importantly, you need to take steps to lower the moisture levels and minimize the roofing problems discussed above. These include:
- Using a dehumidifier.
- Turning on your bathroom exhaust fan and kitchen range hood when bathing and cooking, respectively.
- Moving your house plants to a well-ventilated area.
- Opening your windows, even for just a few minutes.
When it comes to roofing and other home exterior services, you can rely on BSR to get the job done. We are a full-service home improvement company, having built a reputation over the years for quality service and products. We back our products with comprehensive guarantees, and we promise that your money will be well-spent since our finished solution will last for years to come. Call us now at (607) 722-7221, or fill out our contact form for a free estimate. We serve homeowners in and around Ithaca, NY.