Now that the holidays, the best part of winter, are over, it is time for the full effects of winter to set in. That includes frost, which can build up on your roof and, more dangerously, in your attic. Having too much frost in an attic can cause damage to a home, so homeowners need to take the proper measures to prevent and eliminate it.

What Causes Frost?

During the cold winter months, you want to make sure you have the proper attic ventilation in your home. Without it, you could have a considerable amount of frost accumulation in your attic and on your roof. Frost forms in attics when warm, humid air accumulates and condenses on the underside of your roof sheathing. Depending on the temperature, you could either have frost build-up or water collecting.

How Frost Damages Your Roof

While a little bit of frost in your attic won’t damage your roof, you want to make sure to keep the quantity in check. The more frost you have, the bigger the potential for it to melt and leak through your drywall, eventually finding its way into your home. When temperatures rise, the accumulated frost will melt, which can be a serious problem. because melted frost from the attic creates dingy water stains on the ceiling, which can worsen the roof, mold, and even wet insulation.

How You Can Prevent Frost in Your Attic

There are a couple of ways to prevent frost from forming in your attic:
  • Attic Ventilation: Having attic ventilation allows the heat and moisture to escape easily. It will keep your attic dry and prevent leaks. Attic vents are installed along the rafters and down into the soffit area allowing air flow throughout the attic.
  • Exhaust Fans: These fans need to be directed to the exterior of the home and never to the attic. Moist air will then flourish in the attic, causing frost to form. Installing an exhaust fan in your bathroom and kitchen will help eliminate moisture buildup while you shower or run the oven.
  • Seal Leaks: The most efficient and longest-lasting way to prevent air leaks is to have them sealed. Inspect your attic for leaks. Once you have sealed all of your leaks, go ahead and add insulation or any other covering.

Don’t wait around for the frost to melt in your attic. It can cause serious damage to your home. Prevent serious damages by calling Schmidt Roofing. Just give us a call and we will send a team member to inspect your attic.

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