Most people don’t think about maintaining their roof until it starts leaking. The NRCA (National Roofing Contractors Association) suggests that all homeowners must inspect the condition of their roofs at least two times a year. Most roofs are made of rafters and joists, and this article will allow you to understand whether or not they are in good shape.
Rafters are the structural components that are used side by side in a series for roof construction. They are typically made of wood and provide the roof its shape as they are fixed directly beneath the surface of roofing. With time, the roof rafters can rot, crack, or wear and you might need to replace them with new ones. Here are some of the most important signs to determine if your roof rafters are in good shape or not.
One of the easiest ways to check the condition of your roof rafters is to inspect the rooftop, especially after harsh weather. Look for the patches that are buckling, damaged, or cracked. If you find that all the shingles are intact and lie flat against your roof, then you might not be needing any repairs or maintenance work. Moreover, also look for the shingle granules in the downspouts and gutters. If your roof rafters are losing a lot of granules, then consider it a sign that their life is about to end.
It's also important to check the records containing information regarding your home improvement. Find out how long ago your roof rafters were repaired or replaced. It will allow you to determine the life of your roof along with the left time of its service. Depending upon that information, you can take the necessary measures to repair, replace, or leave the roof rafters as it is.
Check all the walls of your house to see if there are any signs of mold. If you find it growing somewhere, then the chances are that there is a leak in your roof. With time, a leak in the roof can damage your roof rafters a great deal. In such a case, you'll need to find the exact spot from where the water is leaking in order to take care of it as soon as possible.
Water leakage does not always cause mold buildups. In fact, having ceiling stains is the most common symptom of a leaky roof. It's not easy to track down the leak, but the good news is that repairing roof leaks is pretty easy. If you experience stains on your ceiling, you need to get it fixed immediately, even if you're planning to replace the roof in the near future.
Today we’ve covered what are rafters, and some of the most common ways to assess if your roof rafters are in good condition or not. We hope it will allow you to take the necessary measures to keep your roof in good condition.
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