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Matto29 08-25-2013 05:33 PM

Sagging Roof

I've agreed to terms on the purchase of my first home pending inspection. The obvious issue with the home is that the roof ridge is sagging. I am planning on having a professional roofing contractor inspect the roof. Is this always a significant issue? It definitely appeared that there were a few layers of shingles and I live in Northern Ontario Canada, so I imagine snow weight wouldn't help. The other realtor has said that there is no access to the attic from inside the house and there doesn't appear to be any gable vents either so I'm worried it will even be possible to adequately inspect it.

Any thoughts on this from anyone with similar experience?


joecaption 08-25-2013 07:28 PM

Unless there's a cathedral style ceiling in the US by code there has to be an access to the attic area.
Unless that seller was willing to let me cut a hole and check it out I'd pass.
Even then to fix it right involves removing the whole roof and rebuilding all the rafters and ridge pole.
There is no lifting it, only stabilizing it without a total rebuild.

Matto29 08-26-2013 09:39 PM

Got the seller to agree to putting in an access in the master bedroom closet. Sending in an expert on Wednesday to check things out. Thanks for your help!

mae-ling 08-26-2013 10:48 PM

Here in canada there did not need to be an attic access if the ceiling to peak height was under a certain height (Sorry the measurement eludes me)
Also some homes that were built modular (2 or more pieces put together) did not have attic access.

My wild guess is looking at the age of the house it was stick framed with just 2x4 rafters and they have sagged and some may be even broken. Can be fixed.

PoleCat 08-27-2013 07:31 AM

I would have checked if getting a peek through the turbine vent was feasible.

beenthere 08-27-2013 07:58 PM

Moved to roofing forum.

Windows on Wash 08-28-2013 07:51 AM

That thing looks scary from the pictures. Best to get an inspector (preferably one with some real framing knowledge) look at it.

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