Sagging gable ends
May 10, 2010 3:27 PM Subscribe
I'm planning on re-roofing my house and I'm reasonably comfortable with most aspects of the work. One thing that I'm not sure about though is how to repair the sagging gable ends of the roof.
posted by Ickster to Home & Garden (10 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I haven't yet pulled up singles to examine things in detail, but here's what I know right now. The house is about 100 years old, and the roof decking is 1-by boards. The gable ends are about 24 inches, and are only supported by box supports that extend perpendicular to the side of the house, just under the roof, so there's not much support at all.
It was suggested to me that the sag could be removed by jacking the ends back up and then could be permanently fixed by building in the proper supports. This sounds good to me, but I'm not convinced that jacking will actually work. If they've sagged over the course of 100 years, I imagine the jacking would have to go pretty slowly and I'd still risk cracking the decking.
However, the only other remedy I can think of would be to cut away the sagging boards and completely replace them. That's quite a bit of work and some areas would be pretty tricky in which to work.
Anyway, anyone have experience with this sort of problem? What do you recommend?