What Should I Do If My Roof Is Sagging?

by | Mar 19, 2015 | Home Maintenance Tips, Roofing

Can you see a noticeable sagging in your roof?

If you can, that means your roof is in some trouble. Sagging is pretty severe damage, and it means the roof is not doing its job properly.

Sagging roofWhy Is My Roof Sagging?

A bunch of different issues can potentially be at the root of your sagging roof problems.

Here are some of the most common ones:

  • Ice or snow buildup
  • Water damage
  • Wind damage
  • Too many layers of shingles (this is why we never recommend adding new shingles over old ones!)
  • Improper design
  • Improper construction or installation (e.g. bad framing)
  • Modifications without a permit
  • Age
  • Roof support failure
  • House foundation failure

All of these issues boil down to the roof bearing too much weight for the existing structure. It can start as predominantly a weight problem (e.g. extra shingles) or a structural problem (e.g. water damage), but over time one major problem is created: a sagging roof.

What You Should Do If Your Roof Is Sagging

A sagging roof is one of the most serious signs of roof failure. To be safe, you will want to have a professional residential roofing contractor or structural engineer take a look.

The expert should be able to inspect your roof and explain to you what the problem is. From there, you’ll be able to decide the best next step.

In some cases, it might be a basic fix that some DIYers can handle on their own. However, if the damage is extensive or complicated, you’ll need to bring in a professional to ensure your roof is repaired safely and properly.

>> Get in touch with us at Herb Lodde Roofing for roof inspections to determine the extent of any damage. Our expert roofers will be happy to provide the repairs or roof replacements you need to ensure your home’s structural integrity.

Serving homeowners in Burlington, Hamilton, St. Catharines, and the Niagara region.

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