Roofs usually play a significant role in making the house hospitable and habitable. They are also commonly affected by weather elements and are thus known to be highly prone to damage. This makes them the most frequently replaced and repaired parts of the house. One of the major causes of roofing repairs or replacements is the danger of roofing collapse or instances where the roof gets blown away. Before such an eventuality, however, there are normally some telltale signs of imminent structural damage on the roof. Whereas most homeowners are aware of the most obvious of such signs, some of the contributory factors to roofing damage often go unnoticed and ignored as hereby outline.
Pest and Rodent Infestations
Pests and rodents form part of the contributory factors that can lead to structural damage upon the roof. Pests and rodents often infest and colonize certain areas of the house that are out of frequent reach of the inhabitants. They may, therefore, overbreed without being noticed or raising the alarm for an individual to employ the appropriate pest control measures.
Pests such as termites and rodents such as mice and rats are known to consume anything organic in the house. Termites, in particular, are fond of consuming timber material, especially that which is unprotected by the necessary anti-rodent layering. Mice, on the other hand, use their teeth to grind away parts of timber, therefore, making the roofing highly prone to structural collapse and damage.
Additional Roof Installations
Roofs are normally engineered to support a maximum given weight. However, most homeowners usually make some post-construction installations that were not factored in by the roofing engineer. When determining the type and amount of weight at a roof can support, engineers take into consideration the roofing material to be utilized, and therefore use the appropriate timber size and shape. In most cases, homeowners tend to install items such as solar panels, solar water heaters, and even attach clothe lines to the roof.
These additions expose the roof to structural tensional forces which can rip apart the supporting timber framework. It is, therefore, highly advisable for homeowners seeking to make additional installations to seek a timber frames sydney expert opinion on whether the existing timber frames can support additional weight and how much thereof. Besides, one can also have the existing timber framework replaced with stronger ones to support the extra weight.
Snow, particularly in winter, can fall in large amounts. Such snow accumulates on the roof of the house. Most homeowners tend to stay indoors and avoid doing any strenuous work such as clearing snow off their roofs in winter. This leaves the roofs exposed to excessive weight that progressively increases with each phase of snowfall that accumulates on the roof.
Most roofs are constructed with a capability to accommodate some level of weight and strain. However, huge volumes of snowfall exert a significant weight upon the roof leading to degradation of the structural integrity of the timber supporting the roofing material. Continual degradation may lead to an ultimate structural failure, leading to consequent caving in of the roof.