A roof is not like a fine wine. It does not get better with age. When a roof ages, it ages in parts. Not every section is going to be in the same condition 10 or 20 years after it is installed. Some parts are more exposed to moisture. Others part bare more of the weight of the roof than others.

Over time every roof will succumb to the test of time. One thing everyone wants to avoid is a complete collapse. A roof collapsing is not something that happens overnight. The events leading up to the collapse are compounding – there were warning signs long before the roof could not hold out any longer. A roof will let you know when there’s a problem. It exhibits warning signs that allow you to fix the issues or get out of there at the same height you walked in. Here are some signs and symptoms to watch out for:

Visual

The ceiling inside a building is the best place to start. Any building, whether its a home or office, should have straight lines across the ceiling. You should be able to put a level against the ceiling and see the bubble in the middle. If that’s not the case, you have a problem. A roof will sometimes sag – or droop in the middle or along the seams of the ceiling and walls. You may notice a smoke alarm or sprinkler head sticking out and protruding towards the floor. In those cases, the structural integrity of the roof has most likely been compromised in some way. You can attempt to identify the problem by going into the attic (if you have) and locating the damaged areas.

Public Service Announcement: Exercise extreme caution when taking this task into your own hands.

In Florida, I’d take some bug spray and a medical face mask up with you just in case. Look for pooling water or large dips in the ceiling itself. If any part of the roof cracks or breaks, you need to make a break for it immediately.

Windows and Doors

When a roof is under unusually high levels of weight and stress, you may notice some abnormalities in other parts of the house or building. For instance, if your doors tend to burst open at any moment, that’s a good sign you have a problem (other than an overly social home). On the other hand, if the doors become difficult to open and even harder to close, that could indicate a serious issue. Windows can become compromised from a structurally unsound roof. If you have an issue opening and closing windows, that’s a red flag to acknowledge. It may not be overnight, either. If they got harder to open and close over time, you may need more than a little WD-40. You may need serious roof repair or replacement. If it gets to the point where your doors require a linebacker to open them or your windows begin cracking or breaking without a toddler launching a toy at them, it is time to pack up and get out of Dodge immediately.

Sounds

Ghosts in the walls, they said. New home jitters, they said. Don’t worry about it, they said. Well guess what – you should worry. Not about every creek or crack you hear. Some of that may be the house simply reacting to, well – being a house. Houses are heavy. It happens. But, if they become more regular, then its time to be concerned. If you notice the sounds becoming more and more frequent after heavy rain storms, you may be looking at a leak somewhere. If you’re hearing creeks from a leak, there’s a chance you’ll see cosmetic damage long before. If you don’t notice any, there may be a spot on the roof you can’t see collecting water and additional weight. You can get into the attic (again, only if you have one) to see if you can spot the problem area. We repeat again, use extreme caution when taking this task into your own hands. This is not a good time to go up and sift through old pictures and notebooks. Go up, get in and get out as quickly as possible. Remember the mask and bug spray. If you can’t find any obvious signs of damage, it may be in a place unreachable from the inside. If you hear something louder than siting back in an old rocking chair, haste does not make any waste when getting you and your family out and to safety.

Ok. You’ve found some of these signs and symptoms in your own roof – Now what? There are a few steps you should take to get these problems diagnosed. Your roof may be salvageable. You won’t know until you can be for sure. Here’s how to be for sure:

Call A Professional

If you don’t feel like becoming Indiana Jones of your own roof, there’s no harm in calling a professional roofing company to come out. Most will get up there or even on the roof outside for free. They’ll be able to identify the problem and give you your options. Distinctive Roofing offers free consultations on every job. Feel free to give us a call to come out and look at the damage your roof may have.

Call Your Insurance

If you own a home, you probably have homeowners insurance. If you don’t, you’re not breaking any laws, but you’ll be out one or more fancy flat screen HDTVs if your roof collapses. If you don’t have it, we suggest getting it. If you do have it, read on.

A call to your insurance company shouldn’t cost you anything. They can come out and survey the damage. They’ll most likely want to put in a claim and suggest one of their partnered roofing contractors to fix it – you know, the one you’ve never heard of but have no choice but to trust the safety of your home and family to. Yea, that one.

OR

You can give Distinctive Roofing a call. We’ll come out and take a look. If you want to do it through your insurance, we don’t blame you. You pay for insurance. Why not use it? Good news for you – we’re actually pretty good at talking to insurance companies. If you’d like to use us to get the job done but through your insurance company, give us a call and let’s see what we can do.

Get Out

If you notice any of these issues and they seem to be pretty severe, get out while you can still safely walk through your house. Gather your things and get to a safe haven, such as a friend or relative. You could even crash at a hotel for a short time. Let them know your situation. They may cut you a break. We’ve seen it. After you’ve relocated to safety, give us a call. We’ll get out there and survey the damage top to bottom. If its something we can fix, we will fix it quickly and efficiently. If the roof is a total loss, we can get you a new roof installed fast and effectively. Either way, go ahead and give us a call. Our friendly staff will answer every question you have before we ever step foot on your property. That’s the Distinctive Difference.

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Your Roof is Going to Collapse – Signs and Symptoms to Look Out For was last modified: December 7th, 2015 by droofing