Roof Collapses were big news a bit over 10 years ago when the Riverside Golf Club Roof collapsed. I inspected today an unoccupied home (thankfully) that by the grace of God the roof has not collapsed. Well it has (as can be seen from the exterior photo) but is is a wonder it has not gone all the way.

Roof Collapse

Roof Collapse

 

People can be naive. Everyone to visit this site saw the roof from the outside, but the owner thought it had always been like this as the timbers used way back in 1950 were green.

As the pictures show this is a calamity waiting to happen.

 

Broken Underpurlin

Broken Underpurlin

The underpurlin, pictured above has collapsed due to inadequate supports. As an be seen this member is no longer performing.

Broken Rafters

Broken Rafters

The rafters immediatley adjacent the break in the underpulrin have then been placed under extra stress and they have collapsed under the extra strain.

The rafters next to these are ready to break as well and I guess it is a case of when will this whole section of roof collapse.

 

My advice….fix the roof before taking occupation of the building.

The cost would be around $ 2,500.00 to fix it now but left alone the property damage bill would be well over $ 10,000.00…and what about the risks to occupants.