Your home’s roof is in disrepair, with buckled, cracked shingles and numerous water leaks. The solution: replace the roof and call it a day, right? Wrong. Many times, there are problems in your attic that need to be addressed as well. If you leave those problems as is, you may not get as many years out of your new roof as you expect. This becomes an even larger problem in the winter when escaping heat melts the snow on your roof and creates ice dams, hazardous icicles and other problems which compromise the structure of your home and severely harm your roofing materials. Over The Top Roofing is your roofing and attic insulation expert in Milwaukee and Menomonee Falls, and we would like to share some information with you about 3 common attic problems and how to solve them.
Problem #1: Inadequate Air Sealing
In our climate, where we experience all extremes that Mother Nature can dish out, sealing gaps in your attic is of critical importance. In the winter, warm air inside the home will be pulled towards the cooler air outside, resulting in lost efficiency and increased costs as the heating system compensates for continuous heat loss through the attic. In the summer, air leaks let warm, humid air into the attic, leading to moisture problems, damaging insulation and increasing cooling costs.
Over The Top’s experts are skilled in sealing up attic spaces. We’ll eliminate the tiny gaps around windows, chimney flashing, and other utility components, and ensure that air leakage is stopped while allowing for normal, healthy airflow.
Problem #2: Inadequate or Poorly-Installed Insulation
Well-insulated attics are energy efficient and promote comfort throughout the home. Uninsulated walls or ceilings let heat and moisture move through building materials, resulting in heat loss in winter and heat gain in summer and reducing your comfort. This inefficiency is compounded by the increased costs of requiring heating and cooling equipment to run longer to maintain temperature.
If the attic space is uninsulated or under-insulated, or if the insulation that’s in place is old, compacted, or extremely dirty, your attic is probably not sufficiently energy efficient. Over The Top offers expert insulation services for your home, bringing true efficiency to your attic space.
Problem #3: Inadequate Venting
While inadequate air sealing must be addressed to prevent unwanted air infiltration, your attic still needs to “breath” properly, and controlled airflow is a requirement to prevent excess moisture buildup and problems like ice dams, which can damage your roofing materials and result in serious problems like mold and mildew.
Attic venting requirements vary from home to home, and it requires skill and experience to properly vent an attic for our unique climate. The experts at Over The Top Roofing deliver exceptional skill in terms of attic venting, ensuring that your roofing job is ready for decades of service, and that your attic efficiency is maximized.
Have complete confidence in Over the Top Roofing as your roofing contractor!
Interested in a new roof, attic insulation or sealing, or attic venting for your home? We’re ready to give you a FREE consultation and estimate today. Call us at 414-531-ROOF, or visit our website to Contact Us today!