Most homeowners know that moisture inside of your home can cause a myriad of problems. This moisture can find several different ways inside of your home through leaks or other means. It is possible that you’ve walked into your attic only to find that everything is covered with a thin layer of condensation and you know it can’t be a good thing. So how does condensation damage roofs? Let’s look at some of the problems caused my condensation, how condensation forms on a roof and what you can do to fix the problem.
How Does Condensation Damage Roofs?
It’s never good for a home to have large amounts of moisture on the interior and condensation is of course a form of moisture. Moisture in your attic on the interior of a home can create an ideal environment for mold, mildew and other forms of damaging rot to thrive, eating away at everything from your drywall to the roofing structure itself.
Condensation can also condense into larger water droplets that can make their way through your home causing unsightly water stains and rot. There’s no question that condensation inside of your home can lead to big problems.
What Causes Condensation?
Condensation is formed when moist warm air inside of your home becomes trapped before it can make it out of your attic and instead of exiting the home through the proper channels, so it forms on whatever it sticks to, this can include your roofing structure, insulation or any other surface available.
Condensation can be the result of poor insulation, poor ventilation or an overall inadequate roofing system. Condensation is usually a larger problem in the extreme temperature months due to the dramatic shift of temperature in your home compared to the attic area. Like a cold glass of water on a hot day, the more dramatic the temperature shift, the more likely condensation will form.
What Can I Do About Condensation?
The best thing you can do is call a qualified contractor or roofer. They can examine the attic and roof and find where ventilation, insulation or other components are not up to snuff and make recommendations on what you can do the mitigate or eliminate these issues.