With the weight of heavy snow, roofs collapse at any given time, though this is a more common occurrence in winter. The accumulating snow often results in the roof collapsing when heavy load reaches the maximum weight capacity. Along with the snow and ice compacted on the roof will weigh even considerably more, simply one cubic foot of dry snow can add up, weighing between 6 and 8 pounds. The rain, sleet, and hail only continue to increase the weigh, contributing to the overall weight. An even greater risk of collapsing roofs for on flat or lower sloped roofs increases with the added weight of precipitation buildup. We at Nickerson Roofing would like to elaborate further on the subject today continuing with the caution and warning signs of rooftop collapsing.
Can a Roof Collapse from Other Causes than Heavy Snow?
A roof collapse can be from other debris that add to the weight on the roof though snow is a major contributor to the rising weight, pooling water from sprinklers and rains as well as debris of fallen branches, leaves, and other debris will also lead to a collapsed roof. It is a major catastrophe when you have to deal with repairs or roof replacements since dealing with a collapsed roof is more than a minor problem. Additionally, homeowner’s insurance can be stressful not to mention the healing involved in potential injuries.
Warning Signs of a Roof Collapse
In an effort to prevent a surprise roof collapsing, below are the common warning signs that we at Nickerson Roofing would like to share. Contact a professional for needed repair, or possibly replacement, when your roof is dangerously close to collapsing, as noted by one or more of the following warning signs applies.
1) The exterior has cracks.
2) Bends, framing, ripples or deformities in the roof supports, or other structural elements are present.
3) Roof leaks that are severe and/or chronic.
4) Sagging interior ceiling sections and/or exterior shingles on the roof.
5) If they pop open on their own and/or problems opening doors or windows.
6) Home installed sprinkler heads dropping below the ceiling tiles.
7) Along the ceiling, the conduits or utility pipes are bent or bowed.
Repair or Replace a Collapsed Roof
Prior to the roof collapse, it is merely a matter of time, likely sooner instead of later if in the event more than one red flag apply to your home’s roof. If you suspect a hazardous roof on the verge of collapsing, notify a professional as soon as possible. Consult professionals to inspect the roof and consult with you where they recommend repairs or replacing of the roof. When you weigh in the decision to replace or repair, consider if the repairs are more than half the cost of repairs, it is a better investment to replace. A dependable professional will evaluate the cost of the roof’s repair or replacing and provide you with a rough estimate.
How Do I Stop My Roof from Collapsing?
Through maintenance services by a professional and your efforts, you can prevent a roof from collapsing. Routine inspections and repairs as needed all help keep your roof in safe condition and prevent the buildup of debris, moisture, mold, and algae. We offer some helpful tips below:
– To clear out the leaves, dirt, and debris to allow proper flow, all gutters, drains, and downspouts should be regularly cleaned.
– Professional services are readily available if necessary to remove excessive volumes of snow from the roof.
– As problems occur, do not put off repairs.