Signs of a Potential Roof Collapse
The roof of any home is one of the most important (and most often neglected) features of the house. It offers protection from whatever Mother Nature might bring, from snowstorms in a Montana winter to wind, rain, and sun in the summers. Over the years all of the exposure to the elements can start to wear down your roof, and eventually it could be at risk of collapse. Even relatively new Billings roofing that was not properly installed could be at risk of collapse. Here are some signs you can look for to avoid roof collapse.
Sagging Areas of the Roof
One of the most obvious signs that your roof is on its last legs is an obvious area of your Billings roofing that is sagging. This is something that is easy to check for in the spring, when the last of the heavy winter snows is melting off the roof. During the winter it can be difficult to spot a sagging roof when it’s covered in snow, so your annual spring home inspection should include taking a close look at all areas of the roof, including the structural system under the roof in your attic, to make sure they are level and are not sagging.
Cracking or Creaking
Roofing in Billings that is on the verge of collapse will often give you a few audible warnings in advance. While all homes creak and crack and little now and then, a roof that is about the collapse usually has some very loud cracking and popping sounds that you can identify as obvious distress from the support structure under your roof. Often these loud cracks and pops are wood under the roof that is weakening or finally giving out.
There are also things you can see on the interior of your home that may indicate danger for your roofing in Billings, MT. If you have a serious roof leak, or you have doors on the exterior of the home that are suddenly hard to open because the structure of your home has shifted and the excess weight of the roof is pressing on the exterior walls, these are signs of impending roof collapse.
If you suspect that your home could be at risk, don’t try to get on the roof. The extra weight could trigger a collapse, which is dangerous to you and your home. Instead, call a roofing contractor in Billings, MT to help you inspect the roof and figure out the best course of action.