Nowadays a popular feature when buying a house is vaulted ceilings or cathedral ceilings. This ceiling feature adds more character to a new house and could even make a room feel bigger than the actual living space is. While admittedly this can add a lot of good to a house, it can also create problems with the roof and the structure of the house.
When inspecting any roof in a house, we always want to ensure there is enough support to hold the weight of the roof, which is creating a downward load on the whole of the house frame. An indication would be the sagging of the roof.
When there are cathedral ceilings in a home though, we sometimes see cracking in the drywall indicating roof movement. This happens when there is not sufficient support. Now, the easy fix is to have exposed ceiling joists as supporting beams to the roof. However, the draw to vaulted ceiling is the wide open space. The other option, in order to avoid this, would be to install a structural ridge beam which is placed along the ridge of the roof. Most likely, some form of ridge beam or joist has been installed. This doesn’t mean, however, that it won’t need another look or inspection to make sure that there is no movement on your roof-frame.
We all like vaulted ceilings, but it’s important that they have been built to a good standard.