Though a more common occurrence in winter with the weight of heavy snow, roofs collapse at any given time. When heavy load reaches the maximum weight capacity, the accumulating snow often results in the roof collapsing. Weighing between 6 and 8 pounds, simply one cubic foot of dry snow can add up along with the snow and ice compacted on the roof which will weigh considerably more. Adding to the overall weight, the rain, sleet, and hail only continues to increase the weight. The added weight of precipitation buildup increases an even greater risk of collapsing roofs on flat or lower sloped roofs. Continuing with the caution and warning signs of rooftop collapse, we at Big Ike’s Roofing Co would like to elaborate further on the subject today.
What Causes a Roof to Collapse
There are other debris that add to the weight on the roof, leading to roof collapses, though snow is a major contributor to the rising weight, pooling water from sprinklers and rains as well as fallen branches, leaves, and other debris will also lead to a collapsed roof. Dealing with a collapsed roof is more than minor problem, but it is a major catastrophe when you have to deal with repairs or roof replacements. Not only so but the homeowner’s insurance can be stressful and then the healing involved in potential injuries.
Indicators of Roof & Ceiling Collapse
Below are some common warning signs that we at Big Ike’s Roofing Co would like to share in an effort to prevent surprise roof collapsing. When your roof is dangerously close to collapsing, as noted by one or more of the following warning signs applies, contact a professional for needed repair, or possibly replacement.
1) There are cracks in the exterior.
2) Should there be any bends, ripples or deformities in the roof supports, framing, or other structural elements.
3) Problems opening doors or windows and/or if they pop open on their own.
4) Bent or bowed conduits or utility pipes along the ceiling.
5) Severe and/or chronic roof leaks.
6) Home installed sprinkler heads dropping below the ceiling tiles.
7) Sagging interior ceiling sections and/or exterior shingles on the roof.
Roofing Inspection to Determine Repair or Replacement
Should more than one red flag apply to your home’s roof, it is merely a matter of time, likely sooner instead of later, before the roof collapses. Notify a professional as soon as possible if you suspect a hazardous roof on the verge of collapsing. Professionals will inspect the roof and consult with you and often recommend either replacing or repairing the roof. Generally, a dependable professional will assess the cost of the roof’s repair or replacement and if the repairs or more than half the cost of repairs, it is a better investment to replace.
How to Prevent a Roof from Collapsing
You can prevent a collapsing roof with routine maintenance. A routine inspection from a professional at least once a year is optima. We can then identify any potential problems and fix the minimal issues before they become big problems. Apply the following preventative maintenance in addition to professional inspections:
– Prevent the buildup of debris, moisture, mold, and algae.
– Do not put off repairs as problems occur.
– All gutters, drains, and downspouts should be regularly cleaned to clear out the leaves, dirt, and debris to allow proper flow.
– Diligently remove excessive volumes of snow from the roof; professional services are readily available if necessary.
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When your Greater Ann Arbor, Michigan home is dangerously close to collapsing, call Big Ike’s Roofing Co and let our specialists take care of the replacements or repair efficiently and in a timely manner. Contact us today!