Having a roof collapse is no small problem. The damage it does to the rest of the building is significant, the injuries it can cause are devastating, and the cost of repairing the roof and the damage caused are potentially impossible to cover. With luck, no one will be hurt and the building will be salvageable, but there are no guarantees.
Because the risk here is so great, you need to know how to spot the signs of a potential roof collapse and what you should be doing to prevent one from ever occurring. Since you are likely not a roofer by trade, it can be difficult to spot the signs. To make it easier for you, here are the main signs you should look for that point to a future roof collapse.
Weather Damage to the Material of the Roof
After any significant weather, you want to visually examine the state of your roof. Any damage, even if it’s seemingly small, can allow rainwater, debris, and even animals into the underlying roof structure. If the damage is not addressed, this can quickly result in further damage to the roof and the deterioration of the support structure, leading to collapse. You should call and have roofing technicians repair the roof as soon as possible.
Visible Sagging of the Support Structure
While you may not be able to look at the support structure itself, you can see this from the outside of your home. The line of your roof will appear slightly bowed due to the strain on it. Visible sagging, even when slight, is a sign that you are in a roofing emergency. You need to get everyone out of the building and then call in emergency service from a roofing company to prevent the roof from collapsing on its own. However, chances are the entire roof will need to be replaced.
Cracks in the Ceiling, Exterior or Interior Walls
Cracks in the walls or ceiling can be a sign of many different problems. However, a primary contributor to these cracks are roof problems. When the roof can no longer support itself well, the pressure is transferred onto other structures, including the walls and ceiling. This can result in cracks. As soon as you see these types of cracks, you should call a roofing company to eliminate the roof as the source of the problem.
Leaks, No Matter Where They Occur
Most leaks in your building will originate from the roof. Even those that do not could originate from cracks caused by strain from the roof. As such, if there is a leak in your building, you need to have a roofing team come out to make certain the roof is not causing the problem.
How to Maintain Your Roof to Prevent Collapse
The best way to prevent roof collapse is to have your roof serviced regularly by a roofing company. However, there are tasks you can complete on your own that will help to extend the life of your roof and ward off severe issues, such as collapse. The basic tasks to complete are as follows:
- Remove any loose debris on the roof at least once a week. This includes branches, leaves, dirt, nests, and anything else that does not belong on the roof.
- Note any damaged, loose, or missing shingles on the roof.
- See if there are any dark spots on the roof, which can indicate the growth of damaging bacteria.
- Remove any mold or moss on the shingles.
- Check the attic and all interior ceilings for stains that can occur due to leaks.
- Make certain all soffits, fascia, gutters, and downspouts are in good condition.
Tom Byer Roofing Offers Reliable Maintenance Service
Rather than getting up on your roof yourself, you can schedule regular maintenance service with Tom Byer Roofing. We will send trained technicians out to check all aspects of your roof to make certain all is well, and if anything isn’t, we will repair it, effectively extending the life of your roof. Give us a call for fast, affordable roofing service today.