Roof Safety

By: Amy Gleason
By: Amy Gleason

Leaking ceilings and fallen tiles have become a scary sight, as bad weather has caused roofs up and down the valley to collapse.

"Most roofs are designed to carry the load, but they're not really designed for the immediate pounding of water," said Judd Baldwin, H'burg Chief Building Inspector. He's the inspector that shut down Valley Mall this past weekend. "Some of their drains cracked and started leaking and that started some of the problems inside."

Flat roofs feel the most damage in storms like this. Pitched roofs allow snow and water to drain. But roofs on trailers are a different story.
They are domed which allows much of the water to run off, but cave ins can happen.

"It's always possible," said Baldwin. "Depending on how much weight gets on there."

Baldwin suggests clearing flat roofs as soon as possible, because it can cause major structural damage.

"It has a tendency to bow those supporting structures and over a period of time it will only bow so much before its not going to come back," added Baldwin.

Signs of roof damage include leaky and bowed ceilings. And if the snow is building up, how do you get the snow off the roof? "Snow shovels," said Baldwin.

Baldwin says it may take a lot of effort to get your roof cleared, but it will keep you safe and will keep your business or home from becoming damaged.

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