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Foundation Problems Can Cause Roof Woes

Did you know that foundation problems can not only cause problems with your home, they can also cause problems with your roof? It’s true. When the foundation of your home shifts, your roof shifts along with it, which leaves you at risk for costly repairs. Foundation problems are not always apparent to the untrained eye, so it is essential for homeowners to learn how to recognize the signs of foundation problems to minimize or prevent problems with your roof.

What causes foundation problems?

Shifting soils are a common culprit of foundation issues for homes in Plano and other North Texas cities. Other contributors to foundation problems include improperly draining gutters or no gutters on the home. The absence of a sprinkler system or failure to water around the home’s foundation can also contribute to foundation issues.

Signs of Foundation Damage:

  1. Damage to walls. Cracked, buckling, or crumbling interior and exterior walls are good indicators that your home has shifted on its foundation. Look for loose concrete or sheetrock, cracked bricks, and gaps in masonry, too.
  2. Problems with doors and windows. Doors and windows that do not open or close properly are a sign that your home has twisted or moved on its foundation.
  3. Funky floors. If you have buckling boards and broken tiles or unexplained moisture on your floors, you could have a foundation issue (and possibly water leak as a result of your foundation problems) brewing beneath your home.
  4. Sagging or warped ceiling. Sagging and warped ceilings are a sign something is happening in your home. A foundation that has shifted can lead to roof leaks that allow water to leak and pool inside your attic and ceiling. If the leaks and pooling water go untreated, you may end up with significant damage or mold.

If you find these signs of foundation damage in your Plano home, you should fire call a professional foundation company for repair and then contact a professional roofing company for a roof assessment. You will need to have your foundation repairs completed before your roof repair can begin. Completing your foundation repair first is critical because repairing your foundation can cause additional movement in your roof and waiting until after the roof replacement could damage your roof all over again.


Is Your Roof Winter Ready? Find out now.

Are you ready for a cold, wet, and snowy winter? More importantly – is your roof ready? The 2018 Old Farmer’s Almanac says that Dallas, Frisco, and the rest of North Texas is in for a cold and snowy winter. The Almanac, which claimis an 80 percent accuracy rate says that DFW will experience lower than usual temperatures between late November and the end of December and will see a lot of snow between December 2017 and February 2018. Although Texas weather forecasts can change pretty quickly, we want to make sure you and your roof are weather ready this winter.

Clean Out Gutters. The gutters of your house are designed to carry away water runoff from rain, sleet, or melting snow away from your roof and your home. For gutters to efficiently move water, they must be in good working order and free from debris like leaves, dirt, or branches that can block water from draining. If debris is blocking your gutters, the water from this winter’s precipitation cannot flow away and can lead to damage and leaks. Get ready for winter by cleaning your gutters out before snow starts falling.

Look for Leaks. Inspect your attic, walls, and ceiling for signs of leaks like sagging, bulging, stains, mold, or mildew. If you find these signs, you likely have roof damage that is letting water travel inside your home. Scott Exteriors is trained in looking for signs of roof damage both inside and outside of your home and can make the repairs necessary to protect your home this winter.

Insulation Improvements. While you’re looking for leaks in your attic, take a minute to examine your insulation. Insulation that is too thin or in disrepair will allow heat to escape your home.

During the winter, your roof provides your family with protection from the elements. Be sure to contact Scott Exteriors for a roof inspection to make sure your roof is winter weather ready.