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Attic Ventilation 101

When was the last time you took a look up into your attic? For most people it is one of the last things on their mind unless they store and access things in there often. As a contractor forRoofing in Federal Way, we want to help educate homeowners on how poor attic ventilation can contribute to increased energy costs and expensive renovationand/or roof repair bills. Trapped heat and moisture are the two main culprits in your attic that can eventually lead to these following issues:

DAMAGED DECKING

Adhesives that bind the roof decking together will start to deteriorate when too much moisture seeps into it and will cause it to warp and sag between the rafters. This can become very dangerous for many reasons and should not be overlooked.

DAMAGED ROOF SYSTEM

When there is too much moisture in the decking from trapped attic moisture it can also decrease the lifespan of the roofing underlayment and shingles. Cracking and early granular loss are both symptoms of inadequate ventilation and mean you should schedule an inspection with a Federal Way Roofing professional.

CEILING STAINS

Poor ventilation can result in stains and mold growth in your home on the ceilings and walls by not allowing the necessary amount of moisture to escape through the vents. A hot and humid environment produces an ideal place for mold and mildew growth that can damage belongings you have stored in the attic, also raising health concerns.

FROST FORMATION

Frost develops in an attic when warm moist air is unable to escape, condenses, and then freezes as the temperature drops. As the temperatures fluctuate throughout the day during winter the frost will melt and fall on top of the insulation and ceiling in a home. This repeated process will eventually lead to ceiling stains, bubbling, cracking, and instability. The best way to prevent this from happening is to have a Federal Way roof repair contractor install an attic fan and inspect that your vents are working properly.

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These are just some of the risks that can occur from poor attic ventilation. If you have seen any of them around your home then we suggest you schedule a roofing inspection today to preserve your large investment and keep it protecting your home the way it is intended too.

Posted by: Admin
April 15, 2019
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