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Snow adds a strain on the calculated engineering that can cause collapse if not removed in time and over time
Richie Alan Naggar
Yes I remember it happening in CO and MN when I lived there and it was a heavy snow year. I just heard about it in Breckenridge CO. A hotel roof collasped due to heavy snow and then started a fire due to a broken gas pipe. Serious stuff can happen. I remember people making sure to shovel roofs too.
Fortunately, not. Then again, I am in the south and we rarely get that much snow.
Bob "RealMan" Timm
Not to a client
Wow! I hope that when they replace the roof, they consider slope, and load-bearing capability.
Last year there were problems with ice damming but not roofs collapsing. We don't get much snow in our area.
2 years ago we had those issues, but this year is an average winter and average has not been so average the last decade
Yes during blizzard years you have to do it. I guess some people at those companies forgot about it. Flat roofs are the worst.
When I was a kid we had to do it a few times that I remember.
Rain damage in Florida is something we did experience.
I have in Buffalo
Yes, in fact we just had a big event here to clear the roof of a private school for that exact reason Lynnea Miller . Here is a link to the story.
I have never experienced this in a residential property here.. but it could happen in an industrial of commercial proeprety if there is a flat roof and it is an older building that has not been maintained.
Yes, not personally but it happened a number of time back in New England. I worked for a national facilities management company way before real estate in Boston and the company was often hired by various facilities in the area to clear of roofing in very heavy snow because of that concern. And it's a problem for homeowners as well. The weather reports are pretty amazing!
no, our code is written to design the frame to hold the load..... this is New England....
No in our real estate profession, just earthquakes and high winds that blew the windows out of high rises. Sorry to hear that your area has been affected and that people are pushing snow off their roofs. Take good care. A
No, I have not. We are seeing issues with homes flooded out ... however not in the area I serve.
Yes, just this winter. My husband called a seller to ask to show the house and the seller said "oh my agent hasn't taken it off the mls yet? Our roof collapsed and we have a big whole in our ceiling and no repairmen are available for a couple of weeks......" I also have a friend who called me asking for short term rentals becaue their friends went on vacation and came home to a completely flooded, unliveable home due to bursted pipes from the cold and storms. Several schools have closed because of burst pipes and flooding. It's been a rough winter around here.
We are seeing that in our ski resorts right now. After 3-5 feet of snow lately, it is too much.
You must be getting some pretty heavy, wet snow. In Colorado if the roof was going collapse, it would have done it by now. We are use to the heavy snow loads.
Although the flat roof on our office building is leaking and was apparently damaged by weather. We have a bucket collecting the water from the inside. It's a miserable sight.
Not in Sarasota, FL thankfully!
I am lucky, no but in Breckenridge, Co. area the aother night they had a old movie theater cave in.
Not from snow, here in Florida.
I just sold a house where the roof caved in - not from snow but from neglect.
No, but we normally don't have this amount of snow.
Thankfully - no.
I do remember concern with roofs at some point in the past, but I don't remember the details. Heavy snows can definitely be problematic with some roofs, especially flat ones.
OMG, NO! I hope how soon your city rebounds from all of this.
We had a number of boat houses a year or two ago that collapsed and Portland is really having trouble right now!
No, I have never experienced this.
Lynnea Miller - not in real estate profession - however this happened few years ago in Boston area during a heavy winter.
No..we rarely have snow!
Not in Virginia!
Not here in Sunny Southern California but it has rained 7 of the past 10 days and burn areas are no flooding, freeways are a disaster. I just heard they had 9 feet of snow in Lake Tahoe.
Not this year, but a few years back when we had a lot of snow, there were some issues. I think in Massachusetts where they had more snow, they had more issues.
Also, I think when you have a flat roof, it's way worse. and, if you don't typically get as much snow, the homes may not be constructed as well to handle the weight.
The more common issue here is ice damming. when snow melts and then freezes and melts and freezes (and enters the home). So far so good this year and yesterday was warm and today up to 64 degrees. Weird. I think all the snow is gone. But, unfortunately, it will come back soon.
Lynnea Miller It did not snow in my are yet.
It happens from time to time, best to get up there and shovel them off when it gets too thick.
Not snow, but we had a concrete retainer wall collapse onto a major roadway yesterday due to rain in the LA area.
Owner needs to lighten the load as it is not designed for such a heavy bearing....
Just a moment before, I received a phone notification about flooding in our area and while I've heard of roofs collapsing in other parts of the country, I have not experienced it first hand. Stay safe.
Yes Lynnea, in PA but not yet in Florida although I have experienced a snow fall here while in Vero Beach some years ago.
However, I have read about it or seen it on mass media with respect to other similar events over the years.
Saw this on a post on FB from Dirk; glad no one was hurt.
Part of the dome in Syracuse collapsed once from heavy snow.
We have some area flood advisories in effect today and some thunder storms due in this afternoon. We don't get snow, so that hasn't been an issue. Our concerns out here for this storm are:
- Swift water rescue
- Flooded homes
- Debri/mud flows from the burn areas and in general (someone's 20x19 concrete patio broke away yesterday on Laurel Canyon)
- Trees that get uprooted by the rain (4 doors down from me a giant oak tree crashed through a roof, car and stuck itself deep into the concrete driveway a few yars ago. The downside of protected trees).
Lynnea Miller Only on my own home. A roof collapsed on our three season's room a while ago due to heavy snow.
Roofs need to be cleared to avoid these issues. Normally, we do not have that much snow in our area.