In the first of our guest blog series, the friendly and experienced people at Granite Foundation Repair bring their extensive expertise and important insights to the table. In this post, they'll discuss how the health of a property's foundation can impact the health of its roof. Most might not readily connect the two, but they are inextricably linked when it comes to proper maintenance of your property! Enjoy!

The foundation is an essential component of your home. It supports everything else – floors, windows, doorways, walls, roof – so when it’s damaged, a myriad of problems can manifest.

Roof problems, in particular, tend to go hand-in-hand with foundation problems. In other words, when the foundation is damaged, it’s likely your roof will get damaged as well (or at least be in the process of getting damaged).

Simply put, if your foundation moves, so does your roof!

In the vast majority of cases, roof damage caused by foundation issues manifests along the ridgeline. The ridgeline may look bowed or curved. Your roofline may also appear to dip or have a hump. To prevent these problems, the experts from Granite Foundation Repair, a local foundation repair company, suggest getting in the habit of regularly checking your home’s foundation for damage. Because when it’s structurally sound, it also means that all the structural elements attached to it are structurally sound as well.

Needless to say, repairing a damaged roof resulting from a damaged foundation can be a costly affair. Luckily, in this article, you’ll learn how to avoid that mess.

Common Foundation Problems that Lead to Roof Damage:

1. Soil Settling

Structural damages from settlement issues typically emanate from changes over time, rather than issues with the structure’s design, or a lack thereof.

Causes of soil settling include unstable soil, poor building practices, tree roots, plumbing leaks, and poor drainage.
In areas like Texas, unstable soil is the primary cause of foundation problems. During the dry season, the soil supporting the foundation losses moisture and settles. Since the settlement doesn’t occur uniformly, the foundation fails.
One common sign of this is you may notice that the floors are becoming uneven. You may also notice that doors and windows no longer latch as they should. Left unattended, you may also notice that the roof’s ridgeline is becoming wavy.

2. Soil Upheaval

Foundation upheaval is responsible for 70% of all foundation failures in the U.S. It occurs whenever your foundation or slab moves upwards due to soil expansion. When your foundation heaves, cracks may begin appearing on your foundation, walls and/or floors.

Foundation upheaval is caused by many factors. For example, expansive clay soil or excessive moisture. Excessive moisture can be caused by things like poor roof drainage or negative yard sloping. Expansive clay soil, on the other hand, is responsible for more damage to buildings than any other natural hazard.

During the wet season, it swells up and pushes up against the foundation. One of the biggest signs of foundation upheaval is cracks in your floor or walls. Over time, you may also notice your roof has started to appear wavy or saggy.


3. Tree Roots

Trees are majestic. They protect us from the sun, add beauty to any landscape, and even provide a rich ecosystem for certain animals to live in.

Be that as it may, trees planted too close to the foundation can be more damaging than helpful. Trees with expansive tree roots, in particular, can leave devastating effects to your home. Elm, maple, silver, honeylocust, and willow are good examples of trees with aggressive rooting. You should avoid planting these near your foundation at all costs. According to experts, if you must plant them, ensure they are at least 35 feet from your home.

If you’ve already planted one, then simply install a root barrier as soon as possible. Trees need water and nutrients to live. When planted too close to the foundation, they will draw water from the soil leaving it dry. This causes the soil supporting your foundation to shrink. This then usually results in the foundation moving or dropping down. When the foundation moves, roof issues usually emerge as well. Roof issues like waviness, sagging or humps may occasionally result.

4. Water Damage

Water damage is the number one cause of foundation failure. It’s also one of the most preventable.
Expansive clay soil is the most affected. When in contact with water, it expands and puts pressure on the foundation. Over time, this causes damage to the foundation.

You can prevent water damage by:

  • Ensuring all downspouts eject water at least two yards away from your home.

  • Making sure gutters are clean. More so, at the start of the cold season.

  • Checking and fixing roof tiles that are missing, lose or broken.

Besides, ensure your yard has a good slope. This ensures that water flows away from your home not towards it.

5. Non-Foundation Causes of Saggy or Wavy Roofs

Not all roof problems are caused by foundation problems. Other causes of roof problems include:

  • Poor workmanship

  • Improper design or engineering

  • Cracked or damaged rafters or trusses

  • Two or more roofs

Your roof and foundation may be far apart, but they are definitely connected. Ensure your roof remains structurally sound by maintaining the home’s foundation!

About Granite Foundation Repair

Granite Foundation Repair specializes in residential foundation repair, apartment foundation repair, commercial concrete slab and pier-and-beam foundations – and in taking care of their customers. With thousands of foundation contractors in the Dallas area, it is important to know that they have an established history as a foundation contractor.

About Aspenmark Roofing

At Aspenmark Roofing honesty and integrity are at the heart of who we are and how we do business. Serving the greater DFW area since 2005, we’re extremely proud of our Better Business Bureau A+ rating and GAF Master Elite Contractor status. You’ll receive quality workmanship the first time and experience first-rate service as you’re walked through the entire process, from A to Z!