When is the last time you pulled down the hatch and climbed into your attic to have a look around. Many homeowners fail to do this more than once a decade, if at all, but the truth is that the status of your attic can give you a lot of information about your house as a whole and finding a potential problem now can save you a lot of hard-earned cash later on.
Once you wander up the stairs into the uppermost part of your home, make a mental note of the feel. Is it hot or cool? Does it feel moist or dry? The atmosphere in the space is one of the biggest clues that you can get from the attic. A super hot attic in the summer or a very cold attic in the winter can point to possible insulation issues. A very moist feel in the air can point to a few different issues. One area of apparent wetness, for instance, can point to a need for roof repair. If the wood in that area appears to be rotting or is covered in mold, then there may be a larger structural issue to be concerned with. There could be a need for venting if the room feels damp throughout.
HVAC This might be an odd place to be when considering the heating and air condition units in your home, but the truth is that many of the ducts in your home will run through the attic. A leak in one of those ducts can explain extra moisture in the air. If the vents end abruptly in the space, then there is a bigger problem that should be addressed promptly. HVAC and fan ducts should never end in the attic, or too close to the soffit vents. The latter placement can cause the moisture to be drawn right back into the home. They should end outdoors, at least three feet from the nearest vent.
Check the Insulation The insulation in the attic should be thick, full, and dry. In most cases, there should be between four and six inches of insulation to properly secure the comfortable temperatures within the home. If the insulation, however, feels hard or wet to the touch, then there are signs of trouble above. Check the structure beneath the insulation to be sure it is in good repair. If there are signs of mold or rotting, then you will want to call in a Fort Worth roofing contractor to assess the roof. There is likely a leak and if it is caught early enough, it should be a very easy repair (unless the roofing material has stretched beyond its recommended life span and, therefore, a full replacement is recommended).
Once you have made certain that the insulation is dry, check the thickness. There should insulation on (or beneath) the floor of the attic as well. Warm air that drifts from below to meet the cool air in an attic during the winter months, or cool air from the air conditioned space enters the warm attic of the summer, condensation can occur. Like the moisture on a glass of ice water in the summer, the water from the air can fill the room quickly and cause serious problems. Insulation and proper sealing of seams can help to ensure that the air below does not continuously seep into the attic.
Ventilation If the ducts are in good shape, there are no obvious leaks from the roof, and the insulation is plenty thick, but you are still noting a significant problem with temperature in the space, then it might be time to consider adding roofing vents. Vents allow air to escape from the attic, thereby reducing the heat that is contained there in the summer months. The same people that you would call for roof repair in Arlington, TX, can help you determine if your attic would benefit from more roof ventilation. This doesn’t have to be a huge job, but can save you big bucks on your cooling bills.
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