Foundation problems and roof damaged tend to go hand and hand. Your roof and foundation may be far apart, but they are definitely connected. Many homes in the Dallas area experience roof damage due to their foundation problems.
Often you can see roof damage from foundation problems by looking along the ridge line. The ridge or top of the roof will be bowed or curved. The roof line may have a noticeable hump or a dip.
Following foundation repair, it may take 4 to 6 weeks for the roof to settle. This is because the wood is hard, and has attempted to conform to the shape of the sagging foundation. The foundation pulled down the walls and the walls pulled down the roof.
You might think that it is self serving for a foundation repair company to recommend foundation repair before roof repair including new shingles. If the roof is repaired before the foundation is lifted, shingles may buckle and lead to new roofing leaks.
Tackling foundation problems and roof damage at the same time can be daunting, but will be much more beneficial in the long run! To avoid costly roof damage, it is important to catch a foundation problem in the early stages. For every inch that the foundation drops, the roof will move an equal amount. Usually the roof is sufficiently resilient to withstand a 1″ to 2″ lift. Any more than that and the roof will suffer.
Like almost any other repair, the longer you wait to repair your foundation, the worse the problem will be. Your roof is a very important piece of your home, it prevents weather and other elements from entering the home. Many people have it inspected regularly and repaired when needed.
Your foundation is just as important. This means that you should have your foundation evaluated regularly and when needed, repaired. Although your roof and foundation are in opposite locations of the home, they are very much connected. A well watered and good foundation will provide a home with good structure, all the way up to the roof.