Roofs are made to be tough and long-lasting, and they are intended to protect your home for a long time. With good care and maintenance, an asphalt shingle roof can last up to 20-25 years. This does not mean, however, that they are impenetrable to degradation and wear and tear. Moisture damage is one of the most dangerous foes a roofing system can face, especially on older roofs that are nearing the end of their useful life. How does moisture cause problems in a roof? Expert roofing contractors from Kroll Construction are here to tell you!
Moisture Is Always There
The first thing you need to realize is that moisture will always be present in your home. Moisture can be found inside and outside your home every day. It is produced in households when people cook, wash clothing; even just breathing can introduce moisture into your home! But it’s when moisture builds up and reacts with the components in your home and environment that it becomes a problem (a good amount of moisture is required in a home or environment to allow people to move around without incurring health problems). Moisture buildup is bad for most construction materials and will cause them to deteriorate over time as it settles in.
Growth of Mold and Others
In your attic and roofing system, high moisture levels encourage the growth of health hazards such as mold and mildew. Mold is a fungus that becomes active when the relative humidity in the air reaches around 20%. Mold reproduces quickly by dispersing minute spores in the air, which can cause health concerns if inhaled directly. Most individuals can tolerate high quantities of mold spores, but people with respiratory disorders like asthma might develop major complications if they are exposed to them on a regular basis.
Rot and Rust
The most typical results of moisture buildup on your roof are corrosion and decay, both of which will certainly cause difficulties. Roofers can readily explain how moisture can damage your roof by rusting and corroding metal fasteners and connectors that are attached to your roof frame. When moisture levels reach around 20%, rot sets in, generating a condition known as “wood decay.” Since most buildings and roofs are composed of wood and other cellulose-based materials, unnoticed rot can lead to costly repairs if left unattended.
Kroll Construction is a contractor that is focused on providing quality home improvement choices in an industry that is unfortunately rife with poor services. Since 1961, no other local roofing contractor, siding company, replacement window installer, or remodeling contractor offers the wide scope of services that we provide. The depth and breadth of services we provide assure every client that they can rely on a single company for all their home improvement needs!
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