The Effects of Humidity on Your Roofing System
One of the many things that come to mind whenever the summer season approaches is the presence of humidity. We often associate it with indoor living spaces, but did you know that your roof can also be affected by it?
Compromised Roof Structure
Too much indoor humidity can increase the risk of moisture accumulating inside your attic and getting trapped in there for a long time. Unfortunately, the deck, trusses, rafters and other wooden structures that make up your roofing system make them vulnerable to mold and rot once exposed to excess humidity. If not addressed promptly, it can weaken your roof’s structural integrity, leading to serious issues such as sagging.
Damaged shingles and other related issues expose your roof to leaks and other forms of water damage. It is already bad enough, but it could get worse with damp outdoor air in the mix. Like rainwater, the presence of moisture in the outdoor air can seep through the cracks and gaps on your roof. You could be looking at an early roof replacement if you don’t stay on top of roof repairs and maintenance.
What You Can Do as a Homeowner
Fortunately, there are ways to protect your roof from the damaging effects of humidity. In addition to scheduling regular roof inspections, you must make sure the roof and attic remains cool and dry through adequate attic ventilation. More importantly, you must find the exact source of high indoor humidity. Whether it is a result of a plumbing issue or a lack of ventilation and insulation in your home, you’ll want to make sure indoor humidity levels are kept at bay.
Berry Roofing & Solar is a state-licensed roofing contractor with extensive experience in all aspects of roofing, including solar roofing. Call us now at (951) 900-1309, or fill out our contact form to get an estimate and discuss your roofing needs.