Why is My Roof Creaking?

Does your roof make an annoying popping sound when it’s windy? When you go to bed at night, do you hear a creepy creaking noise like suspense building in a horror movie? Relaxing can be difficult when you feel like the ceiling will collapse on you at any moment. If you’re wondering why a roof makes a creaking noise, it’s worth bringing a professional to your home to take a look.

Here, we’ll talk about the two most common reasons for a creaky roof.

Roof Makes Creaking Sounds at Night

Do you only hear the creaking noises at night? This is not because it’s otherwise quiet and you want to sleep. Creaking, wheezing, or popping sounds happen at nighttime due to cooler weather.

The wood frame under your roof experiences temperature changes from the outdoor air because the attic does not receive much heating or air conditioning. During the day, the wood expands. At night, the outdoor temperature lowers and the wood contracts. The wood makes an intermittent popping sound as it contracts, or creaks with even the slightest movement.

Fortunately, there’s nothing to worry about. The roof will not collapse or break down because of this.

How to fix it: If you’re losing sleep or just cannot stand the noise, it’s possible to reduce or eliminate it with insulation. Spray foam insulation added to the attic ceiling, immediately opposite the roof, will keep the wood frame and rafters at a more steady temperature. That will mitigate the wood contraction that causes creaking sounds from the roof.

Roof Creaks When It’s Windy

In other cases, a roof will creak at any time of day, whenever there’s the slightest wind. First, we recommend looking at your roof from the street and from your backyard. Do you see missing shingles, warped spots, or any other damage? If you can access the attic, go up to look for any damage there. A professional inspection can pinpoint the damage.

How to fix it: You might need extra support beams nailed into the attic. Attic vents offer another solution. You can add soffit vents, ridge vents, wind turbines, and other types of ventilation. These features are designed to regulate humidity and air in the attic, but they can help if winds are causing the roof to whine or creak in the wind.

Roof Inspections & Repairs in Baltimore

You should get a roof inspection approximately every three years, so it’s definitely worthwhile to bring in a professional to look at a noisy roof or creaky attic.

Park Heights Roofing of Baltimore offers inspections and roof repairs, and we can also provide top-quality services for attic insulation, fascia repair, and other elements of maintaining a healthy, functional roof.

Contact us or call (410) 358-1257 to schedule an appointment and get expert answers for a creaky roof!

How to Prepare Your Roof for Winter

Do you feel confident that your roof can withstand a blizzard or nor’easter this year? Walk outside and see if you can spot anything unusual. Any curled shingles or discolored spots could be a sign of weakness. Baltimore roofs put up with wind, rain, snow, and significant temperature swings over the winter, so you want everything to be strong and secure.

Homeowners can do several simple tasks to prepare a roof for winter in Baltimore. For repairs or any inspections that call for getting on the roof, leave it to the professionals.

Roof Cleaning and Inspection

Many roof problems can be spotted early by the homeowner. For even better protection, get an annual roof inspection in Baltimore. Rain and snow bring the potential for moisture damage under the shingles or even inside your home.

Add these to your fall home maintenance checklist:

  • Clean the gutters
  • Replace missing shingles
  • Address issues like warping, buckled patches
  • Get repairs for loose or damaged flashing
  • Check the attic for moisture damage and repair roof leaks
  • Clean chimneys and furnace flues

Attic Ventilation and Insulation

Attics should be insulated and ventilated to help control home heating and air conditioning costs. At the same time, these measures regulate humidity and temperature effects on the roof above.

In particular, you want to avoid ice dams—blockages of ice around the roof line and gutter that form after snow melts. Excess home heating that is allowed to escape through the roof can melt snow on the roof quickly. Before it flows through the gutter, unfortunately, it freezes back to ice. Ice dams can cause all the same problems as a clogged gutter.

Consider attic insulation replacement or the addition of more insulation. In addition to extra fiberglass batting, we can add other measures including blown-in insulation or spray foam insulation.

Remove Snow and Debris

It’s always important to keep your roof free of debris as much as possible, and winter poses the most serious risks. For under a hundred dollars, you can find a telescoping roof rake to shovel snow off the roof without having to climb up there. If you need assistance, stay safe and call a Baltimore roofing company to help.

Prepare a Flat Roof for Winter

Buildings with low-slope roofs or flat roofs should follow all of the above tips while also checking the drainage system. If you’ve had moisture problems in the past, consider roof waterproofing. Then, hose down the drain to make sure there’s proper flow and call for repairs if necessary.

Contact Baltimore’s Best Roofers for Help

Park Heights Roofing has won the Angie’s List Super Service Award and even been named the best roofer in the city by Baltimore Magazine. We can help with everything from small roof repairs to gutter replacement, attic insulation, and more.

Contact us today to schedule a roof inspection or get professional roof repairs in Baltimore.