Ottawa Roofers Provide a Primer on What to Look for in Your Roof’s Framing
How do you tell when it’s time to call your Ottawa roof repair specialists? Well, you probably think you know all the signs, but you’ve likely only scratched the surface—literally. Problems like leaks, broken shingles, rusting, or improperly installed gutters are important to look out for, but they are all external issues, and a roof is much more than just its outer shell. There is an entire internal support system, which is just as essential to your home. Here are some tips from Ottawa roofers on how to identify issues with your roof framing. But first…
The load path is one of the most important elements of your home’s design, and it begins at the very top. If you have a pitched roof, the load path starts with the ridge, and runs through the rafters and jacks, down to the structural supports of the house itself, through the foundation, and into the soil. The purpose of this is to transfer the weight of the home—including the roof—into the ground for increased structural support. Because a roof is very heavy, without properly installed framing, the load path won’t be able to do its job, which leads to the first sign of poor roof framing (and possibly the only one you can see from the outside).:
There are several causes which can result in a sagging roof—poor design, being weighed down with moisture, and particularly, inadequate framing. If the roof has begun to sag, this is a good indication that that damage is already bad enough to call an Ottawa roof repair service, and perhaps even bad enough that a complete replacement may be necessary.
The Roof Interior
Ottawa roofers know that not everyone has access to the interior of their roof to able to inspect it themselves, but for those of you who do—most likely through the attic—it’s important to take a close look at the framing every so often. Different roofs will have very different elements, such as collar ties and purlin systems, but every pitched roof will have rafters and (unless it’s really, really old) a ridge. Making sure that rafters are evenly spaced and that each one is installed opposite its corresponding rafter on the other side is a good place to start. Of course, an occasional mismatched rafter is acceptable, for instance, when making room for a vent or other essential component of the home.
While some problems are better identified by the Ottawa roofing experts, issues like rotted or decaying wood, broken rafter or other elements, warped support beams or joists, and more can be spotted by anyone. If you see any indication that any element of your roof framing is damaged or in poor condition, contact your Ottawa roofers right away.