A structural roof problem threatens the safety of everyone inside your home. Whether due to a building defect, regular wear and tear, an unattended leak or excessive weight from snow and ice, roofs are not impervious to dangerous structural problems, which can inflict serious property damage and bodily harm. To identify concerns with your roof, inspect the exterior surface, the attic space and the following areas inside the house for symptoms of a structural roof problem.
What to Look for Outside
Observe the roof from ground level – do not climb on top of it, especially if you suspect issues with the underlying support system. Is the ridge straight and even? Do you notice shallow portions of the roof’s surface that seem to be sagging? All roofs should be able to handle at least 20 pounds of weight, but roofs installed in heavy snow areas may have higher load-bearing abilities to cater to the area’s weather patterns. Any buckling and bending evident to the eye from ground level are sure signs the roof’s support system is not up to par and requires immediate attention.
What to Look for in the Attic
If your home has an accessible attic, this space can also clue in homeowners to potential roof support issues. Watch out for moisture – soggy insulation, wet wood beams and rafters are indicative of a severe leak. Over time, excessive water contributes to rot and mold growth, two conditions that can severely compromise the roof’s structure. Also look for any cracked or split wood beams and missing screws and fasteners.
What to Look for in the Home
When a roof has serious structural issues, signs will begin to show throughout the house, not just on the exterior roof and inside the attic. First, look for cracked plaster and warped window and door frames. When the roof shifts, it can make windows and doors difficult to open and close. Ceilings may also begin to sag, and the homeowner may hear a steady increase of creaking or popping sounds overhead. If the home is equipped with a sprinkler system, the sprinkler heads that were previously enclosed may begin to protrude from the ceiling. Lastly, severe leaks are always a threat to the home’s structure and must be addressed right away.
How Should You Respond?
As soon as you suspect your roof is in danger of collapse due to a structural problem, evacuate the property promptly. Call the local authorities and notify them of the imminent issue. Most importantly, do not hesitate to contact Knockout Roofing right away for immediate repairs of any structural roof problem in order to limit further damage to your home.