Maintain Your Walls and Foundation to Improve Your Roof

February 24, 2023

Tremors and foundational issues shouldn't affect a roof above your walls and basement, right? Unfortunately, many people believe this is true. Roofs can endure damage during earthquakes and tremors because they will shake and dislodge certain parts that prolong their lifespan and maintain their performance.

Earthquakes and tremors can dislodge small roof components. Roof decking and sheathing foundations connected to walls will collapse and lose their structure due to violent shaking. Aside from earthquakes and tremors, roof decking and sheathing can loosen due to deep-ground excavations, leading to expensive roof repairs.

After your roof inspections, consider having whole-property maintenance. Ask an engineer to check your property's foundations and walls. Basement water infiltration can loosen and weaken your concrete foundations. If left unattended, this can cause your walls to collapse along with your roof. 

Your gutter is another area that can shorten your foundation's lifespan. Flooding gutters will cause heavy rain to flow back on your asphalt shingles or to your yard. The soil will absorb the water, soaking the concrete layer of your basement for prolonged periods. When this happens, have an expert inspect your basement for any damage. You can also call a home drying and cleaning service to ensure your basement is free of moisture and mold growth.

One good way to maintain your basement walls is to have a structural engineer check for cracks, gaps, and moisture damage. If your aged siding had a delayed replacement, rainwater may have infiltrated the concrete walls and weakened their integrity. Have the engineer check for weakened spots or compromised structures that can affect your home and your roof.

Ancestral homes have seen multiple generations of your family. Most ancestral homes have basements in shambles. Have engineers or renovation experts repair or upgrade your basement accordingly. They can turn it into a family activity room, game area, or any facility you need. The renovators will lay down new foundations to support the appliances, items, and furniture you'll place inside. Furthermore, these projects will increase your property's market resale price.

If you're unsure whether it's time to demolish and remake your walls and basement, have renovators inspect their integrity. They know if any new updates have arrived for building codes, so they will check your property and point out areas that violate the regulations. 

Your property's overall age determines whether it's time to have your home reinforced to give it new life. Ancestral properties over 50 will need major renovations and a new roof replacement. As you may expect, this is a very expensive process that you'll need to save up for quite a while. Alternatively, you might find suitable financing from reliable local renovators and roofers.

If you need excellent roof replacements, you can count on SJ Winn Construction to provide top-notch services with satisfying results. Our team has decades of experience servicing homes in your area and only aims to give you the best value-for-money service. Call us today to learn more about what we can do for you.


156 Torrington Rd., Winsted,
Connecticut 06098

Phone: 860-379-8863
Email: sjwinnconstruction@gmail.com