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Popping Noise in Roof

If pops and creaks are coming from the attic or roof in your home, especially at night, you’re not alone.

This is an exceptionally common issue, especially if you own an older home. These noises are also more common during times of year when there is an extreme difference between hot temperatures during the day and cooler temperatures at night.

Essentially what is happening is that the timbers in the roof are expanding in the heat and then contracting later in the day as they cool. This contracting is what causes the popping or creaking sounds, and it doesn’t mean that anything is wrong with your roof at all.

The good news is that, if it bothers you, there are options that can decrease the problem, if not eliminate it completely.

Ventilation Systems Can Decrease Roof Popping Noises

A ventilation system can help to maintain a steadier temperature in the attic, so there is less of a fluctuation between heat and cold that causes the cracking sounds. An added benefit to installing a ventilation system in the attic is that it can help to lower the energy bills during the summer because the air conditioning doesn’t have to work as hard to keep the house cool.

In most homes, there is a ventilation system already in place, but if you’re still hearing the cracking and popping, it may be because it is not large enough to do the job effectively. In this case, it may help you to install a second small ventilation system or to replace the old one with a larger system.

Passive vs. Active Ventilation Systems

Another issue that may be contributing to the problem of a creaky roof is that the current ventilation system may be passive rather than active.

A passive ventilation system is controlled by the air moving through the vents rather than by electricity. An active ventilation system will include ceiling fans and an exhaust system that propels the air through the vents.

Active ventilation systems are far more effective than passive ventilation systems, and they are well worth the investment. Not only will an active ventilation system help to prevent the creaking and popping noises and lower your electricity bill, but it will also increase the longevity of your roof. It can help to prevent issues like mold since it alleviates the buildup of humidity that causes the problem.

Can I Eliminate the Creaking Noises Completely?

Even if you replace or upgrade your ventilation system, you may still hear creaking and cracking noises coming from the roof timbers at night. While a good ventilation system can help to decrease how often it happens or how long or loud the noises are, it has a ton of other great benefits. However, there may be no way to stop the sounds completely.

If you would like Four Seasons Roofing to assess the ventilation system in your home, call now to set up a consultation.

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