Roof Truss Warning Signs Not To Ignore

Construction & Contractors Blog

In terms of the structural integrity of your home, the truss that aligns your roof play a critical role. Given their importance, any sign of damage in this area can have significant ramifications. Fortunately, the faster you can recognize a problem, the lesser the safety risks and the lower the level of damage. For this reason, it is important that homeowners know how to recognize a problem. If you are struggling in this area; here are some tips to help you get started.

Water Damage

A serious cause for concern is water damage. Water damage generally is the result of a leaking roof. As the water travels through the roof, it makes its way through the underlayers of the roof and eventually to the trusses, where it damages the wood. Water damaged wood is a serious threat because it is highly prone to complete failure and should not be ignored.

Plate Damage

Plate damage is also something you want to look over and pay attention to. Plates are the small, thin metal structures that are located at each end of the truss. The role of the plates is to help support the fasteners that connect the trusses. When the plate is damaged, such as bent or rusted, this also means the truss isn't fully supported. Should you see this type of damage, make sure you have them replaced.

Cracked Wood

When looking at the trusses, look for any indication of cracked wood. Should you see this issue, you want to react quickly. Cracked wood is basically wood that is waiting to fail, putting the overall safety of your roof at risk. Keep in mind that cracks in the wood don't have to be large or significant to be considered serious. Even a small crack is a problem.

Nail Rusting

Should you notice that any of the nails supporting the trusses are showing signs of rust, this is a cause for concern. While this isn't technically damage, a nail in this shape has decreased strength and integrity, meaning it could fail at any time, which is a serious problem. Provided everything else is in good condition, you should be able to replace the nails to resolve the problem and protect the roof.

Should you recognize a problem with the trusses, it is imperative that you reach out to a professional. A professional truss company can inspect the damage and make the necessary repairs promptly.


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