Your roof fulfills many roles in your home such as shade, insulation, and protection. So, it’s expected that your roof can also have an impact on your indoor air quality (IAQ). There are several ways in which a compromised roof can negatively affect your IAQ. Knowing these ways is crucial as you help maintain a good IAQ in your Ft. Worth home.
The experts at Radiant Roofing have listed some of the possible situations where your roof can negatively affect your IAQ.
Damaged Roofing Can be Exposed to Outdoor Contaminants
A roof is one of your home’s main protections against outdoor contaminants. But if your roof can’t provide enough of a solid defense, your home may be exposed to pollen, vehicle emissions, bugs, leaves and other unwanted guests from the outdoors. While some items such as leaves may not do much to your IAQ, others such as pollen, vehicle emissions, and bugs can trigger allergies and sickness symptoms.
Roof Leakage Can Lead to Mold Growth
Speaking of inadequate roofing, if your roof has a leak, your IAQ can be further reduced. Too much water seeping into the attic and ceiling can eventually build up and soak the porous drywall and wooden material, which can lead to two situations: water damage and mold growth.
Both water damage and mold growth require professional services to completely remediate. But what separates mold growth from water damage is its ability to negatively impact your IAQ. When mold reproduces, countless amounts of spores are traveling through the air to find a new home. And inhaling these spores can lead to allergenic responses or symptoms of sickness.
Holes in Roofing Can Allow Conditioned Air to Escape
Your roof, along with attic insulation, is used to help prevent conditioned air from escaping your home. But with too many holes or cracks in the roof, conditioned air now has several passageways to leave. Therefore, your IAQ becomes affected as your HVAC system is unable to provide conditioned air without it escaping your home.
Certain Roof Materials Can Contain VOCs (Volatile Organic Compounds)
Aside from damages in your roofing, your IAQ can also be affected by what materials your roof was built with. A roof built with rubber material can produce air emissions that can have a negative effect on your IAQ, and even your health.
The reason for this is rubber that is used for roofing tends to have several layers of adhesive, which can produce VOCs (volatile organic compounds). Inhaling VOCs can lead to headaches, sore throat, dizziness, and nausea. These symptoms can exacerbate if you have pre-existing conditions such as asthma or bronchitis.
However, rubber is not the only roofing material that can produce VOCs and air emissions. Hot tar can also lead to negative IAQ effects. Therefore, be sure to check with your roofing contractor before a project to determine whether or not their roofing materials meet state VOC standards .
Keep in mind how your roof can your effect your indoor air quality. If you’re currently experiencing inadequate roofing, contact Radiant Roofing to have Ft. Worth’s leading professionals service the issue. If you would like to schedule a FREE roof inspection, contact us at 1-855-972-ROOF or use our contact form to get started.