Attic Condensation: What It Is and How to Prevent It

Imagine a cold glass of water sitting outside on a hot summer day. Condensation forms on the outside of the glass, where the cold glass is coming into contact with the warm, humid air. The same thing may be happening on the inside of your attic; the warm, moist air trapped inside of your home is coming into contact with the cold wooden surfaces in your attic, forming large damaging water droplets. These water droplets can lead to lots of problems for you as a home owner, namely rot, mold, and leaks. It is important to note that this is not a roof-related issue; heat and humidity originating from the interior environment of the home and traveling up into the attic on the underside of the roof is the cause of attic condensation.

Attic condensation forms on the wooden beams and walls of your attic.
Condensation usually forms on the wooden beams and walls in your attic. The first signs of damage will appear in these areas

There are plenty of things you can do to minimize attic condensation from occurring. Good insulation is a must because it minimizes the amount of warm air entering the attic to begin with. This is especially important in your attic bypasses – areas connecting to your home, like heating ducts, kitchen exhaust fans, lighting fixtures, bathroom vents, etc. – make sure they are properly insulated. Also, installing a whole-home dehumidifier may counteract the buildup of moisture.

What makes attic condensation so insidious is that it is much harder to spot and address. It is possible to go unnoticed until your roof starts sagging from the rotting of the beams in your attic, or until you start having respiratory issues from the buildup of mold. These issues require major repair, and the hiring of specialized mold remediation crews; all of which can be prevented by properly insulating your attic, which is much cheaper in the long run.

Check areas around pipes running through your attic space. They are prone to building up condensation.
Check areas around pipes running through your attic space. They are prone to building up condensation.

Also, attic condensation isn’t a problem limited to only older homes; newer homes can be affected as well. Most building codes don’t address humidity issues, and are also pretty lax on the level of insulation required in your attic, especially around those previously mentioned attic bypasses.

A-Top Roofing and Construction has decades of experience and professionally trained crews to help minimize the buildup of attic condensation. There are many procedures to address condensation forming in your attic, but they all have the same goal: keeping heat in the interior living space of your home. Our crew will start by adding additional insulation into your attic to prevent heat from migrating from below; areas such as lighting fixtures, ceiling fans, and attic stair pull-downs will be surrounded with insulation to prevent hot air from entering your attic. Additionally, our crews can install ventilation intakes on your soffit eves, additional attic fans controlled by a humistat, and a humidifier on your furnace so you can monitor the outside weather conditions and adjust accordingly.

 All of these services will help decrease the amount of humidity in your attic, thus decreasing the buildup of attic condensation. By performing these suggested procedures you can minimize the effects of this winter time condition.

Keep A-Top Roofing and Construction in mind for all of your roofing repair and replacement needs. We have over 30 years experience and service all parts of Central New Jersey. Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

Feel free to give us a call at (732) 446-6341 or find more information about our services on our website: https://a-topconstruction.com.

Most Common Roof Problems and How to Fix Them

Whether it is age or storm-related damage, eventually your roof will be in need of repair. At A-Top Roofing and Construction, we have over 30 years of experience in roofing repair and replacement solutions for your home. Here are the most common causes for roof failure and how to repair them:

Every roof has a natural ‘life’, usually around 25-30 years. Sometimes it is possible for your roof to reach the end of it’s life without experiencing any kind of significant damage or failure. If your roof just looks old and worn, maybe it is time for you to take some preventive measures on your home. However, if replacing an old roof is delayed it could result in a big headache in the future. Below are some warning signs to look out for and be sure to give yourself plenty of time to add these projects to your “to do” list. If you need help with your re-roofing project do not hesitate to give us a call at (732) 446-6341, or visit a-topconstruction.com for more information on what services we provide.

Potential warning signs that your roof may need replacing:

  • Curled shingle edges or cupped shingle tabs.
  • Bald spots on the shingles where granules are missing.
Granules can wear away from the shingles over time.
  • Shingles are cracked.
  • Your roof is at least 20 years old; age is the #1 cause of roof failure. While many modern shingles are manufactured with durability in mind, many factors can cause them to age quickly. Poor ventilation, for example, can have a negative impact on the age of your shingles.
  • Your roof just looks old and worn.
Shingles can fall off or blow away in a storm or heavy winds.
  • Your neighbors are replacing their roofs. Homes built around the same time usually experience the same kind of weather conditions. If your neighbors are getting new roofs, it may be a good indication you need a new roof as well.
  • Check your roof for moss, especially in moist, cool climates and in areas of the roof that don’t get much exposure to the sun. Moss growth can be very problematic, as moss holds moisture against the surface of the roof can cause damage to the granules on top of the shingles in freezing climates. Moss can be removed by brushing it off, but it won’t prevent it from growing back in the future. Also, you should take care not to damage the shingles while removing the moss. It may not be a bad idea to contract a professional roofing contractor, like A-Top Roofing and Construction, if you have problems with moss.
Moss or lichen can accumulate on damp or shady areas of your roof.

Keep A-Top Roofing and Construction in mind for all of your roofing repair and replacement needs. We have over 30 years experience and service all parts of Central New Jersey. Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

Feel free to give us a call at (732) 446-6341 or find more information about our services on our website: https://a-topconstruction.com.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is a certified GAF Master Elite Roofing Contractor – License Number #ME09519. Only 3% of roofing companies hold this honor and designation.

Doors and Windows – Selection, Price and Performance – 5 Tips

A-Top Roofing and Construction is your complete source for selection, pricing, and brand names for replacement doors and windows in Central New Jersey.

Offering the best selection in doors and windows, A-Top Roofing and Construction has an extensive selection of bay windows, box windows, single and double hung windows, custom windows and transoms to choose from.

Here are a few tips to remember when replacing the windows and doors of your home:

  1. Always hire a reputable contractor who is fully licensed and insured.
  2. Remember when getting a price quote, cheaper is not always better. Hire a contractor who has the knowledge to explain the benefits of many products.
  3. Be careful of hidden costs! Does your quote include variables about hidden damage or removal and disposal of existing doors and windows?
  4. Timeliness – Hire a contractor who can put you on a schedule where you can be assured the job can be done in a timely fashion, usually in one day!
  5. Ratings – Be sure to hire a contractor who has a great reputation and reviews on multiple sites like Angies List, and is rated with BBB!

Compliment the look of your home with energy efficient doors and windows professionally installed by A-Top Roofing and Construction. We offer a variety of door and window replacement options to fit the look and style of your home and your budget.

 

 

 

 

 

Replacing your doors and windows has never been so easy. Our certified installers will professionally install your new doors and windows and will remove and dispose of your old ones. A-Top Roofing and Construction will look at the existing trim on the inside and outside of the windows to see if it needs to be repaired or replaced. All replacement products come with a warranty, including the warranty on labor.

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A-Top Roofing and Construction Recognized with Prestigious GAF Presidential Club Award

A-Top Roofing and Construction of Manalapan, New Jersey, has received the most prestigious contractor award GAF offers: The GAF President’s Club Award. This highly coveted award recognizes A-Top Roofing and Construction as one of the “elite of the elite” residential roofing contractors in the United States.

GAF is North America’s largest roofing manufacturer, and only GAF Master Elite(R) Contractors can compete for its residential President’s Club Award. To qualify for this award, a residential roofing contractor must meet specific criteria in at least one out of three different pathways:

• Performance Pathway – where contractors focus on giving their property owners the best possible service, quality, and protection.
• Reliability Pathway – where the contractor has a long history of offering their customers the best quality and protection.
• Service Pathway – where contractors consistently offer their customers the best protection available in the marketplace.

A-Top Roofing and Construction has been a GAF Master Elite(R) Contractor since 2004. To become a Master Elite(R) Contractor, a status that less than 2% of roofing contractors nationwide are able to achieve, a candidate must demonstrate proper licensing (in states that require it), maintain insurance, have a proven reputation, and show commitment to ongoing professional training.

“We value our certified contractors for raising the industry standard year after year by installing the best roofing products and systems. Our President’s Club award recognizes only those contractors who have distinguished themselves by the highest standards of excellence, customer satisfaction, and dependability,” says Jim Slauson, GAF’s VP of Certified Program & Services.

Day in and day out, A-Top Roofing and Construction is one of the most reliable companies in the region, according to owner Andrew Ferrara. “Being in business for more than three decades, with the reliable and outstanding reputation that we’ve built, sets us apart. We’re more than just roofing–we do all types of home improvement: siding, windows, doors, interior alterations, attic insulation, and mold and mildew remediation.”

“We bring some of the most talented, educated people in the industry,” states Ferrara. “We’re constantly updating and educating employees, keeping up to speed on different types of programs. We don’t have a lot of salesmen, so we bring a lot of personal insight–we instill this in our people, and it reflects back on the job site. So our attitude trickles all the way down to the homeowner.”

Personal service is the number one consideration for this family-run business. “We bring a tremendous amount of knowledge to the table, and we’re great listeners,” explains Ferrara. “We offer a lot of input regarding the right way and the wrong way to go about a project. The Internet has taught everyone that there’s always a cheaper price somewhere, and we’re in a world where people have become conditioned to use technology in this way to make their decisions. Home improvement doesn’t work that way. We educate people to keep the personal touch–not to use technology to the point where we become disconnected or detached from filling the customer’s needs.”

Great service is reflected in A-Top Roofing and Construction’s continued recognition by the Better Business Bureau, which has awarded the company an A rating. “Our company has had zero complaints–ever,” states Ferrara. “So we’re pleased with our involvement with the BBB. We’ve been part of Angie’s List for a number of years, as well. Of course, the GAF President’s Club Award is huge, and we set out in 2013 with the goal to achieve that in 2014 and keep repeating it each year–and we’ve done that!”

A-Top Roofing and Construction’s level of commitment extends to the community. The company is involved with Habitat for Humanity and contributes to local Little Leagues and fundraising for local high school sports teams. “We’re always big sponsors in trying to help out,” says Ferrara.

Going forward, A-Top Roofing and Construction will continue focusing on satisfying customers and moving ahead with green initiatives. The company is trying to become more paperless and to offer building and insulation products that meet green standards.

“At A-Top, we focus on quality instead of quantity,” concludes Ferrara. “If you’re looking for quality with a very fair price, it’s definitely us. When employees go to a customer’s home and do things the right way–well, that’s the big advantage of using a company like ours.”

About A-Top Roofing and Construction

Formed in 1986, A-Top Roofing and Construction has more than 30 years’ experience in the construction and roofing industries. The company has earned its outstanding reputation through the tens of thousands of jobs in and around the Monmouth County area. A-Top Roofing and Construction covers many types of renovations, including residential and commercial projects.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is located in Manalapan, New Jersey and services Monmouth, Northern Ocean and parts of Middlesex County.

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Why A-Top Roofing and Construction – A 30 year History of Excellence

A-Top Roofing and Construction has been Monmouth County’s number one choice in roofing since 1986. Andrew Ferrara started working for a local roofer in 1983. He spent his days learning the craft of residential and commercial roofing while going to college at night. With an entrepreneurial spirit, Andy went out on his own cleaning gutters and found immediate success. In the spring of 1986, he purchased his first work vehicle and started Tar Beach Roofing which quickly turned into A-Top Roofing.

Now in his 4th decade, Andy and his dedicated team continue to grow upon past successes. Through three recessions his family of employees continues to strive for excellence one customer at a time. A-Top is working hard to create satisfied customers which lead to repeat business and customer referrals.

The growth of the company has been a direct result of personalized customer service and complete focus on customer satisfaction. We are a family owned and operated company that takes pride in our roofing and construction work. At A-Top Roofing and Construction, we measure our performance on your level of satisfaction. Our products are meant to enhance the value of your home and the enjoyment you have from living in your home. Over the last 30+ years, our services have expanded beyond roofing repairs and roof replacement. Our trained and certified crews are busy beautifying homes throughout Central New Jersey.

Our services include: residential and commercial roofing, gutters, skylights, flat and metal roofs, vinyl siding, soffits, facia, replacement doors and windows, decks, porches, columns and mold remediation.

A-Top Roofing and Construction has been recognized in the roofing industry for top performance in many catagories by Owens Corning and GAF over the years. GAF, North America’s largest quality roofing manufacturer, has given A-Top Roofing and Construction their GAF “Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence” award EVERY year since 2004. In addition, we have also received the GAF Master Elite Installation Excellence Award, the GAF Master Elite Consumer Protection Excellence Award, and the GAF Master Elite Consumer Training Excellence Award.

A-Top Roofing and Construction is located in Manalapan, New Jersey and services Monmouth, Northern Ocean and parts of Middlesex County.

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