Moisture is water in the air (in vapor form). Most of the things that you normally do, from breathing to cooking, produce it. Any break in your home’s protection against the weather lets in the elements, including rainwater and snow, which will increase the level of moisture in affected areas. The lack of moisture doesn’t make your home any better or healthier, but too much of it is bad news on many levels.
In any roof inspection, moisture damage is one of the worst diagnoses you can read in the report. If you ask Bright Side Exteriors, it’s synonymous with these six issues:
1. Wood Rot
Most types of lumber are vulnerable to water. When there’s too much humidity and the temperature is optimum, fungi will feast on moisture-ridden wood. Left unchecked, parts of it could decay faster than you think. This is why chronic water intrusion is one of the main causes of premature roof replacement.
2. Rust Formation
Anything that contains iron develops rust when exposed to oxygen and water for too long. The oxidation process will ultimately weaken the metal down to the atomic level. More than just being unsightly and messy, rust indicates deterioration.
3. Soaked Insulation
Another construction element negatively affected by water is insulation. Regardless of what material it’s made of, it will clump and become less effective when moisture sets in. Until it fully recovers, your home will quietly waste a lot of energy without any thermal barrier in the attic. The problem is that saturated insulation can take forever to dry out. Schedule a roof repair immediately to fix the active leak.
4. Shingle Blistering
An overly hot attic can cause the shingles above to blister. The moisture from excessively warm air can make it through the roofing materials, dislodging their protective granules when they pop.
5. Peeling Paint
Paint is also a common casualty of moisture damage. Although it resists water, prolonged exposure to it is bad for its integrity. When it begins to peel, it means it has lost the battle. The moment the armor breaks, the substrate it protects is then vulnerable.
6. Mold Growth
Mold thrives in humid environments. This microscopic pest grows in shaded and wet areas. Experienced roofing companies say that it proliferates rapidly throughout the house via gaps in the ducts. Until the source of moisture is identified and addressed, your family’s respiratory health is at risk.
Let Bright Side Exteriors perform a meticulous roof inspection to spot signs of moisture damage as early as possible. Call us at (302) 724-4342 to set up an appointment in Dover, Delaware or any neighboring community and get a free estimate.