Why Does My Roof Keep Popping?

Posted on: June 20, 2015

All homes have their own unique noises.  Floors creak, furnaces hum, air conditioners vibrate, your refrigerator, ice maker and oven all have their operational sounds.  And  you barely take notice of this house-sound symphony that happens day in and day out.

Once you become accustomed to the noises your appliances, and your home makes, you no longer hear the sound as unusual.  You may assume your house is simply “settling”-another term for common, sometimes concerning, popping and creaking coming from your floors, walls,  and roof.  These noises could be seasonal-brought on by Maryland’s sub-freezing winter temperatures, or summers burning sun-or they could be cause for concern.

Common Roof Sounds

If you’ve been asking yourself “ Why does my roof keep popping? “, you’re not alone.  popping, cracking and snapping sounds coming from their roofs, especially when the colder weather hits is a common problem.  The sun shines on your roof all day, warming the tiles and sub roof.  As your house quiets down at night, and the temperatures fall, the cooling of your roof components can often be heard.

Settling sounds, in and of themselves, are typical of most homes.  If you’ve recently had a porch or room addition, it’s natural for the roof to make sounds, as it adjusts.  The cracking and popping could also be from the joists or beams, as they contract and expand.  In very rare cases, the sounds are a symptom of undue stress and you will need a professional roof inspection.

Snow and ice build-up are another reason for roofs to pop and creak. If you notice excessive, or unusually loud cracking and popping sounds after Mother Nature has piled frozen precipitation on your roof, it may be wise to investigate further.  Take a look around your home and note any signs of gutters pulling away from your roofline.  Step back and look for puckers and out-of-place roof tiles.  examine eaves troughs for roofing material that may have come loose.

Solutions to Stop the Noise

The solution depends on the cause of the problem. For roofs with structural deficiencies, roof repair is necessary. If the noises are simply a product of expansion and contraction in hot and cold temperatures, the best course of action is to improve the insulation in your roof to better moderate temperatures and even insulate your home from the sound.

To get to the bottom of roof noises contact Park Heights Roofing today.  Get cracking!