Four Tell-Tale Signs Your Roof Is In Danger Of Collapsing
The worst thing that could possibly happen to your roof would be for it to collapse. Not only would a roof collapse leave your home uninhabitable, but it could also seriously injure or kill your family. Thankfully, roofs rarely collapse without some sort of warning. But, you have to know what the warning signs are and keep an eye out for them so you can evacuate and call a local roofing company before a collapse occurs.
If you look up at the roof and notice that part of the roof is sagging or looks like it's caving in, this indicates you're at risk of a collapse. Roofs don't begin to sag until the underlayment – the wooden portion of the roof under the shingles – is pretty seriously rotten or damaged. And once the underlayment's strength is compromised, it may give out entirely.
Shifting Window and Door Frames
Take a look at your window frames and door frames. If the upper portions of the frames appear like they're sagging or being pushed down, this is a sign you're at risk of a roof collapse. The roof's structure should support its weight. When it has become compromised, that weight is sometimes distributed unevenly onto the walls, putting pressure on door and window frames. If your doors and windows have become harder to open, this also indicates a weakened roof structure.
A little trickle of water coming in from a relatively new roof is not usually a big concern. (Though you should have it repaired to prevent water damage). However, water streaming in by the bucket from a roof that's seen better days is a good sign it's time to find somewhere else to sleep for a while. A severe leak indicates your roof is badly damaged, and until a roofer can determine the extent of that damage, you're best off assuming your roof is at risk of collapsing.
If you start hearing cracking or creaking sounds that seem to be coming from the roof, this could be a sign your roof is in danger of collapsing – particularly if you already know the roof to be old or in poor condition. Cracking coming from walls is also cause for concern since this may indicate the roof's support structure has deteriorated causing weight to be placed on the walls.
If you notice even a small inkling of the signs above, find an alternative place to stay until you can have a roofing contractor out to look at your roof. A roofing collapse is a major catastrophe, and if it does happen, you do not want to be in the home.