Inadequate securing of roof structure,

Inadequate securing of roof structure. Identified in a building inspection, carried out by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS.

Securing of roof structure that is inadequate

Risky & Dangerous:

Rafters of this patio roof were secured to the metal fascia with pop rivets, this is potentially dangerous, if it collapses!


The opposite ends of the rafters are also inadequately secured.

Inadequate roof structure securing

Important notes:

  • My client was informed by the local Council that this was common practice and that it would be OK. NOT LIKELY, this practice has never been acceptable.
  • This structure in not likely to have been approved by a competent private Certifier.

Inadequate securing of roof structure:

  • Metal fascia’s are supported by brackets attached to tail ends of the roof trusses. They are not designed to support any structures attached to them.
  • Structures must be secured to roof structure of the house through the metal fascia by means of brackets. They must not be reliant upon the fascias for support.
  • Rafters must also have brackets for support and securing where attached to the main supporting beam.
  • Appropiate securing is also required where the main beam is attached to the pier.

Worth knowing:

  • Illegal structures may not be covered by your insurer for damage they may cause in the event of a storm.
  • Check with your insurer and disclose any information you have obtained.

Also check with your legal representative, if necessary for professional advice.

Some information that may be of use:

Roof collapse danger

Qld Government worksafe injury prevention, safety and roof collapse

Roof technical notes

Qld Government Technical notes on roofing

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