The roof above your head isn’t going to tap you on the shoulder and let you know when it’s coming close to a collapse. However, there are signs to look for so you can call the right people to fix this problem for you. Along with common warning signs are prevention methods to lengthen the lifespan of your roof.
Warning Signs Your Roof is About to Collapse
- Multiple roof leaks
- Cracks in the walls of your attic space
- Sagging in any area of the roof
- Pooling of water anywhere on the roof
- Constant creaking and banging noises
- Doors and windows that are difficult to open
- Missing, Curled, or Cracked Shingles
- Visible Cracks in Walls
- Bent, Cracked, or Split Support Beams
How to Prevent a Roof Collapse
- Fix any roof sagging by having the underlay and roof sheathing replaced and/or reinforced.
- Replace any damaged or missing roof shingles to ensure a proper seal from the outside elements.
- During winters, use a roof rake to remove excess snowfall. Avoid letting more than a few inches of snow/ice form atop the roof.
- Keep gutters cleared of any leaves or debris to allow for proper flow and removal of rainwater.
- Make sure gutters are seamless with the proper slope to prevent pooling of rainwater.
- Ensure the bottom of downspouts are cleared of any obstructions and that they are truncated two feet above the ground. This will allow any channeled water to flow freely, rather than potentially freezing between its opening and the ground.
- Never use shovels or sharp objects on your roof to remove snow and ice, as this can damage the shingles and wood beneath.
- Perform visual inspections of your roof at the start of every season and after harsh storms. Hire a professional roofer to give you an expert’s opinion at least once per year.
Waiting until your roof collapses isn’t when you should do something about it — now is the time for you to do something about it. When your roof needs repair or full replacement, contact the expert installers at Preferred Exterior. To learn more or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.