Our blog articles frequently talk about shingles, flashing, roofing storm damage, roof repair and roof replacement. Those are the most common issues people in Tyler, Whitehouse, Longview and the DFW area call us to repair. However, those aren’t the only facets of your roofing system home and business owners need to be concerned about.
Underneath your shingles or metal roofing, there are structural supports that hold them up. The weight of your entire roof rests on them. When water intrusion occurs, they can deteriorate quickly. Even new homes can have roofing support system problems if they’re not properly constructed. Here are some of the most common roofing structural problems.
Cheap or Incorrect Structural Materials
Sometimes builders and sub-contractors cut corners. When your home was constructed, it may not have been built to stand the test of time.
Depending on your roof’s design, it should have a beam or beams that run the length of your roof and provide support. Support beams might be made of wood or steel. Not any wood will do, support structures should be made of materials used to withstand years of pressure.
Sometimes roofing support is designed for lightweight roofing material. Metal roofing, for example, is much lighter than slate or clay tile. If when your home was built, structures were intended for a lightweight material and later you install a heavier one, it could weaken structural supports.
Poorly Constructed Support
Rafter framed roofs use rafters usually spaced one or two feet on center, running from the home’s outside walls to the ridge of the roof line. They need to be braced to support the roof’s weight. Bracing should rest on load bearing walls, but that’s not always how construction workers place them. Over time, floors start to sag.
Truss framed roofs don’t have to be braced. However, sometimes they’re so large they can be flimsy.
You can’t go back and change the way your home was built. You can protect structural integrity by watching out for water leaks.
At Advantage Roofing, when we see roof support deterioration, it’s usually because a roof has been leaking for a while. Sometimes the homeowner didn’t realize there was a leak. Other times they just put out a bucket to catch water and hoped it wasn’t a big deal.
When precipitation gets in, it soaks into timber. Wet wood takes a long time to dry out in your enclosed attic. When roof supports stay wet, they start to rot. Mold grows, accelerating decay. Long term leaks are a serious threat to your roof supports. First they’ll start to sag. Eventually they could collapse.
If you’re concerned about your roof’s structural support, we can help. Call for a free roof evaluation or schedule an appointment online, then we’ll come take a look. If you do have issues, we’ll help you address them in the most cost-effective way possible.