All homes need renovation from time to time to not only refresh their look but also to keep them structurally sound. Ceilings often get overlooked when it comes to renovations but if they are not repaired when needed, they can cause a lot of damage. Even a small crack can be a sign that it’s time to renovate and repair a ceiling.
It is essential to take quick action if your ceiling cracks or sags. This can quickly become a structural issue; you may need to replace the whole ceiling and even other parts of the house. You also put your own life at risk in extreme cases. So to find out if your ceiling needs some care, look out for these issues.
Aging is the most common problem when it comes to ceilings. As ceilings and roofs age, they become less able to deal with daily wear and tear. They may also not be as solid as they once were.
Pay attention to any cracks that form or if you notice any sagging. While these can be signs of other issues that will be discussed below, they can also just be a result of aging. Have a professional check your ceiling and confirm if repairs need to be made. You can expect cracks to show from anywhere as soon as three years from construction.
Some cracks may not need repairs, but you may wish to fix them to keep your ceiling looking nice.
Cracking, as mentioned above, can be a sign that your roof is aging. But it can also have other causes. For instance, even roller shutter garage doors can cause enough vibrations to crack nearby ceilings. If you notice cracks on your ceilings, check to see if they are growing and consult a professional.
Water can cause a lot of damage in roofs and ceilings, particularly if it is allowed to build up. Check your ceiling for signs of water, including watermarks, which look like brown-edged puddles, or drops and leaks during heavy rain.
You will then need to go into the roof to find where the water is coming from. A professional should do this job and the follow-up repairs if you are not a confident handyman.
Once the underlying issue is fixed, you can deal with any visual evidence of water damage, like painting over watermarks.
Peeling, curling and missing shingles
Your ceiling may be damaged without you knowing it, but you might see evidence on your roof.
Shingles wear out over time. They may start to peel away from the roof or even curl at the corners. Asphalt shingles have sand-like granules on them and these granules wear away over time too.
Shingles that have worn out should be replaced as they can allow water into your roof, thus damaging your ceiling. This build-up of water and moisture can make your ceiling sag or get watermarks, or it might not be visible until it’s too late and your ceiling caves in.
You should act immediately if you notice entire or parts of shingles are missing from your home.
If you hear cracking sounds from your roof or ceiling, this can be a sign that it is no longer structurally sound. This could be caused by age, water damage, strong winds or even poor foundations. Have your ceiling and roofs checked immediately and deal with any associated issues promptly.
Too much moisture can lead to mould growing on your ceiling, rather than cracks, sags or watermarks. Once mould has taken hold, it can then spread, further damaging your house.
Mould is also a health issue. It can cause breathing problems and even in extreme cases lead to hospitalisation and death. If you see mould on your ceiling, have the mould removed immediately and deal with the source of the moisture.
If your home has an attic, do not forget to look in there for signs of damage, such as water or structural issues. Check that seams and insulation are as they should be.
If you feel a breeze up there, you will need to find the source of the draft. Similarly, look for sunlight or rain coming through the roof.
Have a professional sort this out and repair any damage a hole in your roof has caused.
If your ceiling is damp, the paint may start to peel off. This can also be a sign that previous coats of paint have not been properly applied. Investigate why the paint is peeling off and sort out any issues before repainting your ceiling.
Don’t ignore these signs
A ceiling or roof that is left in disrepair quickly becomes both an eyesore and threat to your health. Ceilings and roofs can cave in. They can damage your home, furniture and even hurt someone. Pay attention to the condition of your ceiling and act promptly if you see any of the signs listed above.
The final word
While roofs and ceilings protect us from the outside world, we need to look after them too. Keep on top of your ceiling’s condition so it stays structurally sound for years to come.