Roofing Tips To Prevent Condensation Damage To Your Tiny House

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Investing in the construction of a tiny house can be a great way to own your own home without having to take on a lengthy mortgage. Since the living space inside a tiny home is smaller than that of a traditional home, more activities are occurring within a limited area. These living activities can contribute to the creation of moisture within your tiny home. Eliminating condensation through proper roofing techniques is essential when it comes to protecting your tiny home from water damage.

Here are three tips you can use to ensure your tiny home's roof can provide full protection against condensation in the future.

1. Include ventilation in your roof design.

Venting areas in your tiny home that are prone to the production of moisture (like the bathroom or kitchen) can help you prevent water from damaging your new living space. As you design the roof of your tiny home, you need to be sure that you are leaving enough room to install both intake and exhaust vents in vital areas.

These vents will help to transfer moist air from the inside of your home into the outdoors before it can reach the dew point and condense onto your home's exterior skin where it can lead to mold and mildew.

2. Leave room for insulation.

Weight can be a serious concern when it comes to constructing a tiny home. While you may be tempted to forego the addition of roofing insulation in order to eliminate some of the weight from your tiny home, this decision could prove disastrous.

You should instruct your roofing contractor to include adequate roofing insulation to ensure that you can maintain a constant temperature inside your home and prevent the transfer of heat. When the warm air in your home meets the cool air outdoors, condensation can occur. Roofing insulation helps to prevent direct contact between warm and cold air, eliminating the potential for condensation to compromise the structural integrity of your tiny home.

3. Add a vapor barrier.

Many tiny homes are constructed without a vapor barrier. The vapor barrier is a thin sheet of semi-permeable material that is installed between your roof decking and the roofing insulation. A vapor barrier helps to slow the rate at which moisture is transferred from your tiny home's interior and into direct contact with your roofing materials.

This reduction in the rate of transfer allows a vapor barrier to diffuse most of the moisture created inside your tiny home before it has a chance to condense, reducing the likelihood that condensation will damage your roofing materials in the future.

Be sure that you are taking the time to ensure your tiny home is protected against condensation damage by demanding proper roofing techniques be used during the construction process. Leave room for vents, include roofing insulation, and add a vapor barrier to keep your tiny home's roof structurally sound well into the future.

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