A surveyor should always look in the roof
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A problem with the roof can often indicate problems with the whole building
If you have roof problems you usually have problems with the whole building. In our experience of carrying out structural surveys if there are problems with the roof in the form of movement or letting dampness in then there tends to be problems with the whole building as the roof affects the rest of the building.
Surveyors should inspect the roof space
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Meet the building surveyor at the property
Check the condition of the roof structure
We could see that the roof structure had had work carried out to it in the form of adding RSJ's ( rolled steel joists), also known as I beams which would have required the removal of the roof.
What else did the survey uncover?
As well as the main issue of the roof problems our surveyor uncovered some other issues:
Deflection to first floorThe first floor deflected far more than we would expect indicating that the joists are undersized or there are problems with the end of the joists where they are bedded into the walls, possibly from dampness.
Initially the ceiling should be opened up to check the condition and size of the timbers. A spine beam could be added to the floor to give extra strength or to take out the existing joists and replace or put new timbers back to back with existing timbers would probably be easier.
There seems to be a fundamental problem with the strength of the structure when you consider this in line with the alterations that have been carried out within the roof. Many people would be put off buying the property because of this.
Fascias and soffits overcladding asbestos
In this case the plastic fascias and soffits are overcladding the original asbestos fascias and soffits. W e would recommend complete replacement and removal of any asbestos.
This property was built around the War Years when asbestos was a very commonly used material. Asbestos may be elsewhere throughout the property in such areas shown in the sketches below.
Cold bridging makes condensation problems more likely therefore it is particularly important that humidity creating areas such as the kitchen and bathroom have large humidity controlled extract fans.
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