Noticing water damage on the ceiling and walls is always a worrying revelation for any homeowner. Many people often assume any sign of moisture accumulation in the interior of the house is a result of a roof leak. However, some moisture buildups are often triggered by condensation issues in the attic. Mitigating condensation issues is generally less demanding than fixing a roof leak or replacing a roof.
It’s important to work with an experienced roofing contractor to help you determine the exact source of moisture buildup and recommend the right course of action. Whether it’s a roof leak or attic condensation, it must be fixed as soon as possible to prevent serious water damage to your house.
How to Identify Attic Condensation Problems
During cold weather, frost can build up in your attic. When you turn on your furnace, warm air inside the house rises, and if it seeps into the attic space, it melts the frost and causes condensation.
To find out whether you have an attic condensation issue, check if your windows are foggy or contain water droplets during cooler nights. If this is the case, then there is a lot of water vapor in the indoor air.
One reason the air from below can find its way into the attic space is if you don’t have adequate attic insulation. Ideally, the right level of insulation should reduce the heat transfer into the attic space, and a proper ventilation system should get rid of the heat and moisture through roof vets.
Your roofing contractor should be able to carry out a detailed inspection of your roof and the attic insulation to determine if attic condensation is the problem and recommend remediation measures.
How to Identify a Roof Leak
Through detailed inspections, your roofing contractor can spot the water leaking into the attic by tracking the path of the water. Starting from the attic where the leak is showing on your ceiling, your roofer will check the bottom of the roof deck for any wet patches.
Ice dams in winter are often the biggest cause of roof leaks, so it’s important to check around the outside edges of the attic as well. Other common signs of roof leaks include:
- Water stains on the ceiling and walls
- Water dripping down the ceiling
- Dark spots on walls
- Walls growing moss
- Seeing missing shingles on the roof
- Seeing granules in your gutters and downspouts
Find Out For Sure with AIC Roofing & Construction!
Attic condensation has a high potential for moisture damage in colder climates. It is, therefore, very important to install adequate attic insulation for your Central Kentucky home. The most accurate way to tell if you have attic condensation or roof leak is to schedule a professional roof inspection.At AIC Roofing & Construction, we offer free roofing inspections to help you determine the structural integrity of your roof and keep it in top-notch conditions. Contact us today to schedule a consultation with one of our experienced roofing specialists!