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What does 'Sagging Roof' mean?

Sagging Roof

Also sometimes called Bowing Roof. This may or may not be serious. There are two cases where it may not be and these both relate to period properties:


  • In the mid 1900s it was popular to replace Victorian roof tiles with concrete one. These were much heavier and the beams were not strong enough. However as long as the roof sagged and then stopped it is not a problem

  • For period properties roof sagging may not be an issue as long as the movement has stopped. Just as the whole building can move and stop, so can the roof


In any case you would be advised to ask a roofer to look at it but try to find one who charges for an inspection. One who does not will, more likely than not, find some work for himself.

See What a Property Survey Really Means for more detail on what to do if the survey says the property has a sagging or bowing roof.

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