Roofing contractors usually inspect your roof for damage. But sometimes the source of the problem isn’t on your roof. In fact, a faulty foundation can cause problems all the way up on your roof. Keep in mind that if the foundation is moving, so is every other part of your home, including the roof. A shifting foundation can cause a host of problems for the interior and exterior of your home. And if your roof has shifted or buckled due to a faulty foundation, there are likely cracks where water can get into your home, causing structural damage, mold, and more that can cost you thousands of dollars to repair.
Common Foundation Issues
Any house can have foundation issues, but some are more prone to problems than others. If your home is on this list, beware of foundation problems that can affect your roof.
- Houses located near water. Moist land and soil can cause foundations to move and crack, especially if they weren’t built properly to start with. Older homes built near lakes or marshes can suffer from settling and shifting soil. If the water table is high, you may also experience flooding that damages the foundation.
- Homes with old, broken, or clogged gutter systems. If your gutters aren’t catching and redirecting rainwater, water can pour over the gutters toward your home’s foundation. Saturated ground near your foundation can lead to leaks and foundation damage.
- Homes in arid conditions without plants. If the soil around your home is parched and there are no plants to hold it in place, it can begin to crumble and shift. So if you live in an extremely dry climate, make sure to grow some native plants that can secure the soil around your home. Also, watch for cracks or bulging that could indicate foundation problems.
If your home has a faulty foundation, there is no point in doing any roof repairs until you have fixed the foundation problems. If you repair the roof without addressing the foundation, your new roof will likely have more issues in the near future. That’s why we recommend that homeowners address all foundation and structure issues before fixing or replacing their roofs.
A faulty foundation might not be immediately noticeable to the untrained eye, but a roofing contractor can inspect your roof and alert you to possible structural problems. Sometimes, a roof inspection can save much more than just your roof. If you have any concerns about your roof, we’re happy to help. Contact Eagle Watch Roofing for an inspection and free estimate.