Rafters are the wood beams that exist under your roof.
They are the main support of the roof and are a vital part of your roofing system.
One of the main functions your roof has is to protect the home from the outside elements and leaks. If your roof is leaking it is important to have the rafters inspected.
You can see the rafters by looking at the top of your attic. If you have a leak, you will notice dark spots or stains on the rafters. These spots are indications that your roof is damaged and needs repair.
Some other factors to consider are whether or not the sheathing or decking underneath the rafters appears to be damaged or sagging. Any signs of leaks or damage to the rafters will need to be checked and repaired by an experienced roofer immediately. Sometimes rafters break and need to be replaced.
Though many homeowners may like to handle these jobs themselves, it is important to contract a professional who is familiar with the best materials to use to repair and replace rafters.
A professional and experienced roofer is qualified to observe the situation and determine the best course of action for your roofing needs.
Since most rafters are made from wood, professionals often have equipment available that they may use to repair the wood and protect it from rotting or decaying. If the wood that was used for the original roof is so old it will be best to replace the rafters with new trusses.
One of the best steps to ensure proper roof maintenance is to have your roof inspected seasonally, preferably twice a year. It is important that the attic is also inspected due to the fact that you cannot observe the condition of the rafters from the outside.
If you are buying a new home, be sure to check the condition of the rafters.