A collapsed roof is one of the most serious forms of roof damage. In some cases, you may prevent total roof collapse if you recognize the signs and make preventive repairs early enough. Below are some of the signs that may point to a roof collapse in the near future.
Difficulty With Doors and Windows
Too much weight on the roof may affect the doors and windows. Contractors fit roofs and doors precisely and tightly to avoid air leaks that would affect energy efficiency. Thus, a change in the fit of your doors and windows may affect the ease with which they open and close.
When a roof sags due to overload, it presses upon the windows and doors and affect their fit. The windows and doors then become difficult to open and close. The doors on the interior walls are particularly vulnerable to damage due to roof overload.
The ceiling is directly below and attached to the roof so it suffers damage if the roof can’t hold the weight above it. You may notice sag or cracks on the ceiling if it suffers from roof overload. Ceiling damage is even more likely in an old home whose structures are weak due to years of wear and tear.
The load-bearing walls may also suffer damage as a result of roof overload. The load-bearing walls —exterior walls plus a few interior walls — hold and support the weight of the home. If the weight of the load on the roof is too much for the roof, then it is also too much for the walls. The load-bearing walls may bulge and crack as a result of the overload.
If you hear unusual attic sounds, your roof may have too much weight on it. Creaks and cracks from the attic point to damage of roof support structures that the weight of the roof may cause. Call for emergency roof repair if the sounds increase in frequency or become too loud; roof collapse may be imminent in such a case.
Damage to Utility Lines
You may also notice damage to your utility lines if the weight on your roof is too much for it to bear. Water lines, sewer lines, and even electrical conduits may get bent out of shape, become loose, or even break in some cases. If your house is old, you might think that such issues are due to old age even though they are due to the roof overload.
Damage to the floor may also indicate too much load on the roof. The damage to the floor likely occur if your floor is wood, which may buckle or crack as a result of stress. You might not notice some of these signs if you have a thick carpet and the floor damage is minimal. However, floor creaks may also function as a nonverbal cue for the damage.
Many forms of roof damage manifest themselves in the form of leaks, and an overload is no exception. Just like windows and door, roofing contractors design and install roof structures and materials (from trusses to shingles) to fit perfectly. A perfect fit guarantees both energy efficiency and moisture prevention for your roof.
When your roof has too much weight on it, the structures that previously fit together will crack, get displaced, or even break. This may cause water to leak through the roof into the rooms below.
Hopefully, you will manage to repair your roof in time, and it won’t collapse. If your roof does collapse or suffers irreparable damage, consult A-1 Roofing Inc. for a replacement roof. We are experienced and professional roofers who can work with you and get you a new roof as soon as possible. Contact us for a quote in case you need any roofing work.
Moss growth can be unsightly and damaging to your roof; moss causes water to get backed-up on your roof, which can lead to water damage. If you see moss growing on roofs in the neighborhood or on your roof, you can take proactive steps to prevent further growth.
Always Trim Nearby Trees
When tree branches grow over your roof, they provide shade for your home, which can help keep the temperature cool. However, all that shade also helps create a perfect environment for moss to thrive and grow. Moss needs a shady and moist environment to grow, and overhanging trees create this environment.
Trim back the branches on any trees near your roof. You don’t have to cut down the trees that provide your home with shade; you just need to make sure their branches don’t grow over your roof. A professional tree cutter can help you with this task.
Clean Your Gutters on a Regular Basis
Next, keep your gutters as clean as possible. Clean your gutters out a few times a year. When debris has a chance to build-up in your gutters, the material can decompose and moss as well as other vegetation can start growing inside of your gutters and spread to your roof as well.
Additionally, when you have debris growing in your gutters, water cannot properly flow through your gutter system and could run down your siding or pool up around the foundation, both of which can be damaging to your home.
If you don’t have the time or ability to clean out your gutters, many roofing companies provide a seasonal gutter cleaning service.
Keep Debris off Your Roof
When debris, like large branches, build up on your roof, the debris can cause water to build up as well. Water, along with shade, are the two elements necessary for moss to grow.
If you ever spot a big branch or other debris sitting on your roof, remove the debris right away.
Install Metal Strips
Keeping moss off your roof can be a preventative process as well as a reactive one. You can keep moss off your roof by installing metal strips.
Copper, zinc, and lead are three types of metal strips that will keep moss off your roof. Rain creates molecules from the metal that leak out onto your roof. These molecules will kill any mold or algae they come into contact with. The presence of these metal molecules will also prevent mold and algae from taking root in the first place.
These metal strips are installed around the top of your roof, to ensure the metal molecules, when rinsed away, protect your entire roof.
You can also change out the basic flashing on your roof with copper or zinc flashing instead. This will ensure more metal molecules on your roof, providing you with further protection.
Install Algae-Resistant Shingles
Finally, you can install algae-resistant shingles on your roof. Mixed-up in the granules of these shingles are small copper and zinc particles that help keep moss and algae from growing on your roof.
You can replace damaged and worn-out shingles on your roof with algae-resistant shingles. Or if all the shingles on your roof are worn-out, and it is time to replace your roof, replace your old asphalt roof with ones that is algae-resistant. Algae-resistant asphalt shingles reduce maintenance and wear on your roof.
If you have moss on your roof, call A-1 Roofing and we will help you get rid of the moss as well as come up with a plan to prevent moss from growing on your roof in the future.