Roof Collapse Risk: What Homeowners Should Know

2 February 2019
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With winter in full swing, there's been plenty of snowfall across the U.S. with more in sight. Unfortunately, all of that snow can spell disaster for your roof if it's already facing the potential for collapse. Many homeowners don't know the early warning signs of an impending roof collapse, recognizing it only when it's nearly too late to prevent it. Here are some of the things to watch for that could mean all that snow is leading you toward a collapsed roof.

Sagging Inside Or Out

Whether it's visible in the shingles themselves on the roof or in the underlayment and interior of your home, any signs of sagging in your roof are an indication of a structural breach. Once the roof starts to sag, it's only a matter of time before the excess weight of snowfall encourages that sagging to become collapse.

Persistent Leaks

If your roof has had some leak problems that have left you dealing with either persistent or significant leaking in your home, that means your roof is suffering progressive water damage. The water damage will weaken the structural integrity of your roof, saturating your roofing materials until they completely give out. Having roof leaks addressed right away is a key way to avoid this problem, but be attentive to it nonetheless.

Sprinkler Head Adjustments

Homeowners with sprinkler systems installed for fire risk management can actually rely on those sprinkler systems to also show when the roof is beginning to sag and fall. When that happens, the sprinkler heads, which would typically be recessed in the ceiling, will start to fall below the surface of the ceiling. This will become progressively worse until the roof fails completely.

Weakness In The Framing

You should be inspecting your roof framing and supports on a regular basis, even if it means going up to the attic to do it. Those structural components are a vital part of ensuring the safety and stability of your roof, and you need to monitor them. If you start to see any kind of shifting, bowing, or other weakening in the roof supports, that means your roof isn't as stable as it should be. It could also mean that your roof is at risk of collapse, especially with winter snow's excess weight sitting on top of it.

The more you know, the easier it is to recognize threats to your roof. If you're not sure about the condition of your home's roofing, contact a roofing repair contractor, such as at Ray's Harford Home Improvement Contractors Inc. They can inspect it and let you know how stable your roofing structure is.