Danger to roof of an 8 year old house

Roof danger to 8 year old house, identified by Peter Weddell, owner/operator of Qld Home Buyers Inspection Service and Queensland Building Inspection Service, QBIS

This illustration shows the location of gang-nails used in securing junctions of the roof truss components.

Roof danger to an 8 year old home

The following photos show separation of gang-nails plates in the roof of a house approximately 8 years of age.

Danger to roof of 8 year old home

Roofs (especially ones supporting tiles) continually move up and down in differing weather conditions (wind, rain and severity).

The top portion of this gang-nail has separated to a degree that it is not serving its purpose. The opposite gang-nail is only just holding the joint together.

Important points:

This much separation of the gang-nails is extremely dangerous as the roof trusses are totally reliant upon them to hold the roof together. The roof tiles would require removing to physically access the truss joints to allow for re-securing of the gang-nails.

  • Access for recification, limited.
  • Danger level, extreme.
  • Commonality, rare at this degree and extent.
  • Expense degree, high.
  • Disruption level, high.

Roof danger to 8 year old house

  • With the extent and degree of gang nail separation the chances of further separation was extremely high.
  • This can potentially allow the roof to collapse at any time without any warning.
  • Fortunately for the buyer this serious and potentially dangerous problem was identified by Peter Weddell.
  • Economical methods of effective rectification were recommended.

Recommended effective rectification:

  • Remove all the roof tiles.
  • Reinforce the separating gang nails.
  • Fit metal roof sheeting with larger roof battens.
  • Secure the roof structure for tying down (to avoid possible uplift of the roof).

If replacing the roof tiles with metal sheeting it would be advisable to fit insulation below the sheeting. Do not fit building paper on its own, otherwise condensation will occur and possible premature corrosion.

Reference material that may be of interest

Qld Government regarding a roof collapse

Qld Govt Technical notes on roofing

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