What is Structural Damage and Why Is It Dangerous?
Any type of damage that affects essential load-bearing structures in your home is considered structural damage—even damage that appears minor can have disastrous impacts if it’s located on your roof or load-bearing walls. When it comes to the structural integrity of your roofing system, small leaks coupled with heavy rain can cause structural damage to the roof of your Atlanta home. When the trusses that support the weight of your roof become saturated, they lose their load-bearing capacity and could become subject to mold and rot—putting the entire structural integrity of your home at risk.
If you’re worried your roof is failing or experiencing structural damage, you should contact a professional Atlanta roofing contractor for an evaluation as soon as possible. AquaGuard offers completely free, no-obligation roof inspections, so you can quickly discover the cause of your issue and discuss options to repair or replace your roof.
Identifying Roof Truss Damage
WARNING: DO NOT WALK ON YOUR ROOF IF YOU SUSPECT STRUCTURAL DAMAGE.
Damage to more than one or two of the trusses holding up your roof can lead to roof failure, making it extremely dangerous to walk on. Survey the perimeter of the roof for damage from the ground to ensure your safety. Only a professional roofing company can repair or replace the trusses in a damaged roof. The following are a few of the common warning signs of structural damage to your roof that you’ll notice both inside your attic and outside on your roof.
Signs of Damage
- Cracked or split wooden beams and rafters (inside)
- Metal connector plates separating from trusses (inside)
- Moisture/mold (inside and/or outside)
- Sagging roofline or sagging along outer roof ridge (outside)
- Rotted soffits or fascia boards (outside)
- Soggy insulation (inside)
- Wet beams and rafters (inside)
Causes of Structural Roof Damage
Your roof is subject to all of mother nature’s stronger forces, and while your roof should be built to weather any storm, a severe storm has the potential to cause damage—especially for older roofs.
Here are a few of the most common causes of roof damage that we respond to:
- Hail damage
- Wind damage
- Fallen tree branches
- Deteriorating asphalt shingles
- Storm damage
- High heat
- Water damage
All of these causes of roof damage can evolve into more severe structural damage if not repaired in a timely manner. Structural damage usually occurs when damage from hail, wind, fallen trees, and other weather conditions leads to roof leaks. The water damage that results from roof leaks then compromises the structural integrity of load-bearing elements of your home, such as support beams and roof trusses.
If your roof has exceeded its life expectancy or has incurred significant damage due to extreme weather conditions, call AquaGuard Roofing Solutions today to discuss your options for installing a new roof or roof repair.
Repairing Roof Structural Damage
Depending on the extent of your roof’s damage, our team will either suggest repairing damaged portions or completing a full replacement of your roof. Because roof damage can have dire effects if left untreated and will only worsen over time, it’s best to call an Atlanta roofing contractor at the first sign of a problem.
Do insurance companies cover roof damage repair?
Your insurance company may help cover the costs of roof repair if the damage was caused by a covered peril. For example, if your roof leak was caused by hail, and your homeowners insurance policy covers hail damage, your insurance company may help you repair the leak. With that said, most insurance companies won’t cover damage caused by poor maintenance. We recommend calling your insurance company in advance to learn more information regarding your policy’s coverage.
AquaGuard Roof Repair
If you’ve noticed one or more of the telltale signs of structural damage to your roof in Atlanta, Marietta, Rome, or Athens, GA, call AquaGuard for your free inspection today.