Tuesday, June 19th, 2018 by Matt Cheney
Attic inspections are a crucial part of any roof inspection. After all, when you are inspecting the roof, you are only inspecting the top half! However, attics are the least desired place to go in a home. Why? Well, they are hot for one. Number two? You never know what you are going to find. Take this as an example:
Pretty scary, right? Well, this is one of many things you wouldn't want to run into while perusing through your attic. You can also run into: bats, mice, rats, raccoons, squirrels, etc. But, don't let this deter you! Periodic attic inspections are a necessary evil. Attics should be inspected yearly for a multitude of reasons. The first is to check all visible rafters, joists, and sheathing for water damage. A roof may be leaking and you might not know it. Just because there may not be any signs of leaks on the inside drywall doesn't mean there is not an issue. An attic inspection can reveal any water infiltration before it becomes a bigger problem. Second, other signs of life! If you notice a snakeskin, boroughs, animal droppings, or anything else, a pest control place should be called. You do not want these pests living in your home! They can cause damage to framing and wiring which can be a costly fix. Animal waste can also carry deadly diseases not to mention a nasty smell. Third, is attic ventilation. Making sure an attic is vented properly is crucial to the life of the roofing shingle. Too much heat can bake the shingles causing premature deterioration and potential shingle failure. Also, too much moisture in the attic can cause mold and mildew to grow. Fourth, is attic insulation. Insulation is either blown in fiberglass, bat insulation that lays between the joists, or a spray foam insulation. All of which helps control heat and cold transfers from inside and outside the home. The "R" in R values is the resistance to heat flow. This does not mean it is blocking heat transfer. It simply means that it slows it down. The more insulation you have, the more time it takes for the heat to transfer. A roofing professional (like us) can help evaluate the ventilation and insulation needs of your attic.
In conclusion, you can see why it is important to have your attic inspected regularly. For any signs of pests, ventilation, insulation, and especially for water damage. Call RoofRoof today for your free roof and attic inspection!
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