The attic is an excellent storage space for extra items. Placed in boxes or bins, they are protected from the dust and dirt that permeates this space. You may even have flooring in your attic, allowing you to use it for storage of all your favorite holiday decorations and other treasures. However, your roof may not be protecting your treasures as well as you think.
Leaks are first noticeable in the attic. It takes time for water to migrate through the roof deck, and even more time is required for that water to find its way into your home. By the time you see water stains on your ceiling, there is already substantial damage to the attic. Not only will insulation be wet and possibly molding, your treasures may also be damaged as a result of the leaky roof.
In addition to leaks that can happen in warm weather, you will also have to worry about leaks that arise during the cold, Oklahoma City winters. When the temperature in the attic is too high, ice dams will form on the roof. Melting snow will work its way underneath shingles and into your home. From there it can travel along ceiling joists, walls, and other structures to damage items throughout your attic and your home.
Water damage isn’t the only concern for items stored in the attic. Condensation is a natural occurrence. When a roof is properly installed, the attic ventilation will be inspected and measured. Adjustments will be made as necessary to keep the air flow moving through the space. If the air cannot be pulled in through the soffits, condensation will start to build on the underside of the roof deck. These drops of water will drip onto your valuables, causing problems with mold and rot.
The final consideration with attic storage is the incredible heat that builds up in this space. When insulation is not adequate and ventilation is lacking, the temperatures in the attic can climb to well over a hundred degrees. That heat may snap ornaments, melt candles, and cause other damage to your prized treasures. You can avoid the problem with high temperatures in the attic by installing the right insulation and correcting any problems with ventilation.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., knows that you need to be able to use that valuable storage space. We will review your attic and its ventilation system as part of any roofing inspection. We will make recommendations on how problems can be corrected and provide some of the services for you. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about our company and what we can do for your roof and attic.