There’s a simple rule in understanding roof damage caused by foundation problems:
- If your foundation moves, so does your roof!
The picture above is an example of what happens to a roof when foundation problems reach extreme circumstances. The result is hundreds and thousands of dollars in interior damage caused by rain water penetrating through the entire roof. Leaks that go undetected for long periods of time possess a high risk of eventually turning into black mold. As you can imagine the situation can get so out of hand that it may even lead to the need of demolishing the entire structure.
The good news is that foundation problems can be prevented to a certain degree. With the right system, you can avoid a very expensive and unnecessary home repair. Foundation problems don’t occur over night, so it can be difficult to be detected by the untrained eye. What we’ve discovered is that most home owner’s who discover foundation problems are usually unaware of the variety of symptoms that may have acted as early warning signs to reduce the extent of damage.
Why are home owner’s unaware you ask? Well, it could be due to a number of reasons. They may have relocated from a different region of the country that foundation problems did not exist and do not have the experience of dealing with foundation problems. The tough conditions of our current economy has forced many Americans to relocate to either reduce their cost of living or to travel to distant places for job opportunities. Another reason is that they may be a first time home owner and have never had the burden of landlord duties. What ever the case may be, we thought we would put together a list of important factors to consider before purchasing a home, and what to consider during the time it will be occupied.
Here’s what we know about foundation problems:
- They commonly occur to homes near creeks or moist land
- Occur to homes without a Sprinkler System
- Occur to homes without a Gutter System
- It is not covered by Home Owner’s Insurance in Texas
- Is extremely expensive
- And finally, must be repaired before replacing a roof
If you need your roof replaced due to a hail damage from a storm but have foundation problems, you must address the foundation problems first. Repairing your foundation problems after replacing a roof will only cause the roof to move again. Performing a roof replacement immediately after having foundation repair should be determined by your foundation repair expert. Each home’s foundation repairs are different and should be customized to meet the needs of each home separately. In most cases, replacing your roof immediately after you have had foundation repair is safe and will not cause a roof or your foundation to move.
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