05:38PM | 07/21/04
Member Since: 07/20/04
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I've lived here seven years and never looked at the back of my roof before so I don't know how long it has been like this. Took a look now because I was planning to re-shingle.

There is a noticeable sag in one spot below the roofline, with a slight sag if any in the roofline itself. I went up into the attic and noticed some sheathing is broken as well as one of the rafters in the vicinity has a split along the grain. Then I looked along the ridge beam and noticed that on the front side of the beam (the side OPPOSITE the sag) some of the rafters are pulling away from ridge beam along the bottom of it. The rafters on the sag side are all attached nice and tight to the ridge beam, which I thought was odd.

I guess I need an engineer (or do I call a contractor?) to look at it but I am concerned about what the repair will involve. I just had central air installed and there is all new ductwork and an airhandler in the attic! I'm very worried that the roof has to be removed/rebuilt. I'm also afraid of the cost, but maybe my insurance will cover it?

Thanks for any thoughts/advice on what needs to be done to repair this, and how quickly I should move on it.


12:12AM | 07/22/04
Member Since: 07/20/04
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It's asphalt shingles, looks like two layers. Gutter guy told me some shingles along edge are splitting, so I plan to re-roof and figure the two old layers need to be removed first which I know will help weight-wise. Want to know additionally about inside attic what will be needed to fix the splitting rafter (split is along grain) before replacing broken sheath there. And what's involved to stop what looks like roof "spread" in that area? Do I call roofer, general contractor or engineer first?



07:19PM | 07/25/04
Member Since: 11/06/02
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A remodelor or home improvement general contractor should be able to help. It sounds to me from the meaer amt. of info available here that the roof waspoorly framed to begin with, allowing short rafters to be installed. Then time and weight pushed the few down and in to create the sag.

but there are other red lights here for me.

For instance, the fact that ducting was just installed. A lot of these guys are poorly trained in structural things andthey are in to get it done quick so they are often famous for cutting the heart out of a house with no regard to structural concerns. it is entirely possible that they cut and removed structural elements of your roof framing. If you can demonstrate that to be so, you would have an open/shut case against them in court for the costs of repair.

I tend to doubt that your insurance will cover it, but the only way to find out is to ask.

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