Water penetration problems are the number one reason homeowners could require a roof replacement prematurely. Cracks and damaged shingles allow rainwater to get inside the roof deck, rotting the wooden support beams that hold the assembly up. But did you know this support structure is vulnerable to water in all its forms?
You don’t have to live in a rainy area to get water damage on your roof. Even high humidity levels in your attic can slowly deteriorate your roofing system from the inside. Let our roofing experts at Wood’s Roofing explain how humid air can be dangerous to roofs and what you can do to minimize or eliminate their effects.
Heat and Humidity
“It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity,” as people in Florida say but as far as your roofing contractor is concerned, it’s actually both. High amounts of heat and humidity are detrimental to wood. Heat makes wood expand, which can severely affect its structural integrity. Meanwhile, moisture can rot and soften up the wood fibers, causing even bigger problems in your roof.
While winters are generally mild in Florida, the high indoor temperatures can still increase the humidity level in your attic. One way to prevent this from happening is to ensure that your attic is adequately ventilated. Ask your local roofer on your next maintenance visit about attic ventilation options to keep the humidity inside your home at a more manageable level.
You can also use a whole-home dehumidifier in your HVAC system which allows you to control the humidity levels indoors. Dehumidifiers in attics and crawl spaces also have the added benefit of discouraging the growth and spread of mold.
If your local roofing company offers a maintenance program, it’s a good idea to sign up for one. This can help detect potential problems if you live in an area that’s prone to high levels of both heat and humidity and can save you a lot of headaches down the road.
At Wood’s Roofing, we are your leading provider of roof installation, maintenance, and repair services. Give us a call at (863) 513-7775 or fill out our contact form to schedule a consultation and request a free estimate today. We serve homeowners in Winter Haven, Lakeland, and all nearby areas in FL.