Taking good care of your roof can help to keep it in good condition for years to come. Making sure to do things like clean your gutters, remove heavy debris, and secure loose shingle tabs are a few simple ways to take care of your roof. But there are other ways you may not have considered. One of those options is to improve your attic care. Though attic care isn’t always as closely associated with roofing as it should be, it can be the key to keeping your roof in better shape.
Interstate Roofing suggests attic care to all customers who are hoping to get the most out of their roofs. Proper attic care can help to prevent disasters from occurring to your roof, such as roof rot, internal damage, and ice dams. Good attic care can also contribute to lower heating and cooling costs. If you’ve never considered attic care to have a direct relationship with your roof, here are a few benefits that you could get from making that connection.
1. Prevent Ice Dams from Forming
If you’re not aware of the damage that ice dams can cause to your roof, you should be. Ice dams are ridges of ice that form on the edge of a roof and prevent melting ice and snow from draining off the roof. The water that is stuck behind the ice dam can stay trapped in one place, creating a pool of water that can begin to penetrate the roof’s surface. That water can then leak into the home, where it will cause damage to ceilings, insulation, and walls.
A properly ventilated and insulated attic can help to combat the formation of ice dams on your roof. With a well-insulated attic and good ventilation, the space can maintain a steady temperature at all times, which will produce a positive effect on the roof above. The insulation from the attic can help the roof to maintain the same temperature on its entire surface, which helps all of the ice on the roof to melt more evenly.
2. Prevent Roof Rot
When people think of roof rot, they often think that it’s caused by outside influences. Things like rain and snow are known for contributing to roof rot, as they create a wet surface on the roof that makes it more susceptible to rotting. But snow and rain aren’t the only ways that moisture can be introduced to your roof. If your attic is filled with moisture, it can cause rot from within the attic space.
The humidity that often collects in your attic can be a main cause for roof rot. Because heat rises, the summer can make attics an especially hot place to be. All of the hot air can turn to moisture in such a stuffy place as the attic, which can collect on the bottom side of the roof sheeting and weaken its surface. Proper attic insulation and ventilation can help to combat humidity in the attic.
3. Can Save Money on Heating and Cooling
If your energy bill has been slowly increasing, you may be wondering where that heat and air from your home are actually going. The roof is often to blame, but the culprit is more typically the attic. Insufficient attic insulation can lead to both air and water leaks in your home. These types of leakage can make the attic even colder in the winter and hotter in the summer, which leads to fluctuations that can result in internal roof damage. It can also end up costing you a lot of money.
The Department of Energy states that properly insulating the attic can save 10 to 50 percent on a typical heating bill. There are plenty of places that this extra savings can go, and investing it into having professional insulation added to your attic can end up saving you even more in the long run. Enlist the help of your local roofing company to find the insulation that works best for your specific attic.
4. Can Help to Avoid Bigger Issues
One of the easiest ways that attic care can help your roof is through an attic inspection. Your roof isn’t the only thing that should be inspected each year to ensure no damage has occurred. Because your attic is basically your roof’s interior, it should also be inspected regularly to ensure that the insulation is in good condition, that it’s well ventilated, and that there isn’t any mold growth.
Having your attic inspected and insulated by professionals is a smart way to ensure your roof has a long life span. It can also come with some added bonuses. Upgrading your insulation can allow you to receive a higher “R” value in your home, which can make you eligible to receive rebates from Oregon and Washington. With an insulation value of R-38, you can earn 25 cents per square foot of insulation as a rebate. For more information on how to reap the benefits of better attic care, contact Interstate Roofing to hear more about your options.