A leak during the winter season is alarming, but the reason why it’s happening may not be what you initially assumed. While leaks are caused by water intrusion on the roof, they may also come from frost buildup in the attic, leading to condensation.
How Does Condensation Occur?
Condensation occurs when warm, moist air comes into contact with something that’s colder than the dew point of the warm air. That warm air starts to become colder, and, as it does, it releases excess moisture to reach its new dew point, which then appears on the surface.
From Where Does It Come?
Excess moisture within your home can come from many things. Virtually anything that involves using water, such as taking a shower, cooking or even breathing, adds a certain amount of water and moisture into the air.
Condensation usually manifests on your windows. So, if they start appearing on the roof, it’s a sign that there’s too much moisture in your home. While excessive humidity often affects the indoors first, the long-term damage that it can do to the exterior components like the roof can be just as severe.
What Can I Do About It?
The simplest way to protect your roof from excess condensation is through insulation, either in the attic or top floor of your home. Another way is by installing a roof coating as this shields your roof from the wind and water, and can drastically reduce the amount of condensation it experiences.
Both of these methods are preventive approaches. On top of securing the roof, it also keeps the rest of your home from experiencing the negative effects of excess moisture.
At R. Campbell Roofing, our complete roofing services includes methods of addressing roof condensation and leaks, such as preventive maintenance and timely roof repair. Get in touch with us at (937) 866-1371 to learn more.