You might not spend much time in your attic, but it can tell you important things about your roof. In fact, any good roof inspection includes time spent in the attic.
Three Common Attic Symptoms That Can Point To Roof Problems
Wondering what your attic is telling you?
Here are some common messages it could be sending:
1. Unusually Hot
During the day, your attic is usually warmer than the rest of your house. If it is stifling hot with no noticeable air flow, however, that can signal ventilation issues. Attic ventilation regulates the temperature inside your home, making it easier to cool off or warm up as outside temperature requires.
Without good ventilation, your air conditioning unit may need to work harder in the summer. Serious ventilation issues can also harm your roof shingles, damaging them from below. This can be the cause of warped, curled, or bubbling shingles.
2. Musty Odor
A musty odor can indicate the presence of mold or plant growth in the attic. Mold spores are virtually everywhere: They just need a moist environment to thrive. If there is significant water damage in your roof decking or attic, moss or algae can also develop. Black, blue, brown, or red stains on your roof shingles should be investigated and cleaned right away.
Without proper roof maintenance, Jacksonville roofs become vulnerable to pests including the Florida roof rat and the notorious drywood termite. Drywood termites don’t need to be in contact with the soil, so they can quickly colonize a home’s interior once they have access to the attic. You might notice discarded wings or “termite pellets” piled up in attic corners.
Help Your Roof By Keeping Your Attic In Good Condition
The best way to diagnose roofing problems is to get an inspection from a roof repair expert. That said, there are a few ways you can reduce the number of potential issues coming from your attic:
1. Leave Most Of Your Attic Unused
If you’ve got boxes of unused stuff in your closets, it’s tempting to toss them up in the attic – we know! But your attic has a very important structural purpose. Adding extra weight and curbing air flow impedes your attic’s performance. If you use it for storage, leave about 66% untouched.
2. Clean Out Vent Pipes And Remove Debris From Roof
Many Jacksonville homes rely on a single pipe for roof ventilation. It’s easy to overlook this pipe and not always obvious when it’s gotten clogged. A professional roof cleaning service can help you remove leaves, muck, and other debris from your roof and keep your vent pipe clean.
3. Maintain Adequate, Modern Attic Insulation
With a quick visual inspection, you can spot damaged or discolored areas in your roof insulation. If insulation is visibly deteriorating, there may be moisture infiltration inside the attic. It’s a good idea to replace old insulation with today’s denser and safer varieties.
To find out more, contact Plair Homes.