Condensation occurs when water vapour meets cold surfaces and condenses to form dampness of water drops. While this may seem like an innocuous issue, the truth is that it can quickly become problematic. Excess moisture in the air and condensation can lead to mould, which is not just unsightly but hazardous to your health as well.
Your kitchen and bathroom are the most likely culprits when it comes to gathering condensation, but they’re not the only ones. Your roof can also suffer from condensation problems, which in turn can cause issues in your home.
How do You Get Roof Condensation?
Roof condensation is not always due to a fault in the building. Your daily activities, such as showering, washing clothes, cooking, etc., produce warm air that contains water vapour. If it can’t escape the house, it will eventually find its way up to the roof space, where it cools and condenses.
Insulation might also cause condensation. Insulation conserves energy and keeps your home warm, but the amount that is required to protect a modern home also prevents heat from entering the roof space from the rooms below. The water vapour then condenses on these cold surfaces.
What Issues do Roof Condensation Cause?
Condensation in your roof space might be difficult to detect at first, but it can quickly become obvious. Warning signs include dripping, so don’t immediately assume dripping is caused by leakage. Other ways to identify roof condensation is by checking around the house for condensation on the windows and walls, by keeping an eye out for water droplets, and by identifying mould or damp.
If you do find these signs, it’s likely your roof is also suffering from condensation and should be checked out.
How Can You Prevent Condensation?
There are several different ways to prevent the formation of condensation, such as installing improved extraction systems in the kitchen and bathroom to reduce the amount of moisture in the air and wiping condensation as soon as it appears. You can also ventilate the roof by installing a ventilation slot to promote air flow.
Another good way to avoid condensation in your roof space is by installing anti-condensation roofing sheets, which we offer here at Bushbury Cladding. This removes the need for ventilation, as these roofing sheets are made by applying a thick anti-condensation membrane to steel roof sheets. The membrane absorbs water and stores it, which prevents water from dripping down the walls. Once the air becomes warmer, the water evaporates and the membrane dries – and is ready for the next round!
We understand just how frustrating it is when a house starts having condensation issues, which is why we want to help you prevent it! Contact us anytime on 01902 229412 and we’ll work with you to choose the right solution for your home.