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How to Stay Safe under Your Own Roof
Over the years, roofs have evolved from a pure necessity, to a design nuance, where occupants now have a plethora of options to choose from when building, re-building, or updating their roof. Some people could care less, but others are more curious by nature, which sets us up for an article topic we're pretty hyped about.
Let's face it: To most people, roofs aren't their passion. Thankfully, to us, and to thousands of other roof contractors around the world, it's OUR passion, and something we take very seriously - but also something we have a lot of fun talking about and working on. Your roof is the reason we exist. Well, that statement may not be 100% accurate, but, nonetheless, it drives the point home.
Irrespective of your particular views (or lack of views) on roofs, there are a few things you should know in order to stay informed and ensure your roof can uphold you and your family's safety.
Roofs Can't Speak for Themselves (At least all the time)
At first glance, your roof might appear sturdy and steady. But certain underlying issues may be wreaking havoc silently overhead. A leak may be one of the first signs of a faulty or damaged roof, but that's not the only thing you should be looking out for.
Cracks In Your Ceiling
You would be surprised at how many homes we've visited where its owner has been knowingly living under their roof with their ceiling cracked. A cracked ceiling could be anything from a foundational problem to a problem with your roof. If you're unsure of what may be causing the cracking, it's always best to bring in an inspector. They'll be able to give you a general overview of what's causing the problem, so you can find a solution.
Sounds That Go “Bump” In the Night
Have you ever heard strange noises coming from down the hall late at night when it's so silent you could hear a pin drop? If so, you may be experiencing shifting in your roof. Older roofs tend to shift at times, which is mostly a harmless thing. But sometimes, those shifts can represent something much more dangerous such as faulty woodwork and/or paneling, aging, or rusting of certain metals. It's best to check with a contractor before getting too worried.
No Signs of Damage or Underlying Issues
Sometimes, there's absolutely no visible signs of damage or underlying issues to your roof. At least to the naked eye. Which is why it's important to perform semi-annual checks - either yourself or by a professional - to ensure your roof is able to withstand the next spout of inclement weather. Summer and winter are both pretty harsh in terms of weather, so be sure to perform said checks during the Spring and Fall.
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