Condensation happens when water vapor condenses or reverts to its liquid state on a surface that’s colder than the ambient air. Prolonged exposure to moisture will damage your roof. Today, The Carpenter’s Touch discusses the immediate effects of water condensation and how to deal with it
Condensation isn’t bad per se, but its effects on vulnerable parts of your home is problematic. Too much water will eventually weaken any residential structure, especially if it’s made of wood. When condensation happens inside the roof because of holes or leaks, your roof will rot from the inside out.
As your residential roofing contractor, we advise homeowners to perform an inspection to see if there are any leaks or holes in your roof. If you suspect water damage due to condensation, The Carpenter’s Touch stands ready to assist you.
You have several ways to solve your condensation woes, including:
Ventilation – Proper roof ventilation provides an avenue for hot air to leave your home without causing condensation. Determining how much ventilation you need is essential; you’ll need enough vents to remove excess heat, but not too much that will compromise your thermal envelope and even allow water into your home.
Vapor Barrier – You can also install vapor barriers on the warm side of the insulating material of your roof (usually its underside). This prevents hot air from reaching areas in the roof where it might condense. An alternative is to use overlapping layers of foam insulation.
A New Roof – It can be hard to add insulation to an older roof. A roof replacement can be a more practical alternative. We can help you find and install a better roof for your home.
The Carpenter’s Touch offers roofing and siding services for homeowners in the Northern New Jersey area. Call us at (973) 692-7779. We serve homeowners in Livingston, NJ, and nearby areas.