Snow piling up on roofs could spell trouble

February 21, 2019 10:18 PM

The more snow that piles up on a rooftop, the closer a homeowner gets to trouble.

And with even more snow on the way this weekend, homeowners across the state will need to keep an eye on things.

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According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, most residential roofs should be able to support 20 pounds per square foot of snow before they become stressed.

"If you've got a flat roof, there's concern there," Mike Hilborn of RTD Dam Removal said. "On a steeper roof, there's more structural integrity there. So it's not quite as (much of) an issue."

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Homeowners should be aware of signs snow needs to be removed from a roof.

They include:

  • Cracking or creaking sounds coming from the roof.
  • Ice blockages in gutters or downspouts.
  • Difficulty getting doors or windows to open.
  • Twisting or cracking in joists or beams.
  • Ceiling tiles that are drooping or sagging, or any leaks.

For safe removal that won't endanger the homeowner or their roof, Hildorn said to use a snow rake with a long extension arm that allows for the removal of snow while standing on the ground.

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Or you can hire someone like him. Val Moore of Minneapolis did just that.

"Hiring Mike is all about preventive measures," she said. "And at this time, I don't think we have much of a choice."
 

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