WARNING SIGNS: Tips on Avoiding A Potential Roof Collapse

Avoiding A Potential Roof Collapse

One of the worst nightmares you could ever experience is having your roof collapse. This could occur at any time throughout the year, and because of the heavy snowfall that has been predominant in recent years, you need to make sure that your roof can withstand these extreme elemental factors.

When snow accumulation on your roof is extensive, snow related collapses have a higher probability of occurring. Statistics show that a single cubic foot of relatively dry snow can weigh up to 8 pounds, yet ice or packed snow can be much heavier. You could also have other types of precipitation occur which will compound the problem, especially if sleet or rain is absorbed directly into the roof.

Lower sloped roofs, as well as flat roofs, are going to be a greater risk because of how the precipitation can accumulate.

There are some warning signs that you need to consider, issues that you should bring up to your local roofer. These warning signs will include:

Repeated or severe leakage.

Sagging exterior shingles or leaks coming through your ceiling

Masonry cracks on the exterior of your Home

Deformities, ripples or bending of your roof framing or support structure

Windows or doors that may be difficult to open or may actually open on their own

Sprinkler heads that have now dropped below the ceiling tiles

Bowed or bent conduits or utility pipes at the ceiling level

If you notice any of these problems, you need to contact Southern Star Roofing to obtain your free consultation in order to get an estimate. 

If you have regular inspections and maintenance done, this can help identify any problems with your roof that could prevent a collapse if these issues are dealt with immediately. There are a few preventative maintenance tips that you should consider which will include:

Removing algae, mold or any other type of debris which is capable of holding moisture

Making sure that your downspouts, gutters and drains are free from debris, dirt and leaves to enable them to function properly

Requesting help from a local roofer to do repairs if you have noticed them on your own.

Remove excessive snow amounts from your roof (which may entail hiring a professional). Call us today!

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