With the heavy snow hitting most of America, millions of
buildings are at risk of a possible catastrophe. Further Snow can add
severe stress to a building’s roof and support system. One
cubic foot of snow can add 20 lbs or more to a roofs
weight limit. Most people don’t realize the risk until the danger
hits home. Locally we have seen many business and homes
have snow destroy their property. In one neighborhood four
roofs were destroyed . Our local Les Swab service
center had their roof collapse during business hours causing
massive damage. Senior citizens devastated by having their
carports roof collapse on their vehicles, and even needing EMS
to rescue them from a trapped vehicle.
In all situations, the roofs have seen snow come and go with no
issues, but this year is an exception with the heavy snowfall. What
could have be done to prevent an unnecessary disaster, even though
it was safe in the past?
Prior to a collapse, there are warning signs that can be
addressed before the snow falls.
Cracked or deformed steel or aluminum beams can be a roofs
weakest link. In one case the homeowner had a beam that was
bent from long ago, but failed when the weight and snow piled
up. as well as Once one beam fails, it is a domino effect bringing the whole
roof down. Further Trapping you in your car or causing serious, even
Preventive maintenance is your best bet to get through the
winter. Keep the gutters clear of debris and make sure your
downspouts are properly working and make sure the attic is
properly ventilated at the eaves.
It helps keep ice from damming up and allows snow to melt off.
Furthermore, Inspect the roof and look for areas that are visually deformed such
as a sagging roof. besides this Look for bends or ripples to metal beams and posts,
these should be replaced or at least reinforced until a repair can be made.
For example, If you get the repairs done before the winter hits, it will save you in the
long run and ensure a piece of mind. Likewise, If you are already caught in the
middle of the storm then keeping a watchful eye on these areas and snow
removal is your best bet. If doing snow removal yourself, remove the unbalanced.
In the same way snow first, then in an even strip, pull the snow down to the gutter. Using ice melt or
as well as heat on the downspouts will help with any blockage that might occur.
Always use extreme caution and consider hiring a contractor or snow removal
service if you are not equipped to do the job safely.