Warmer temps in New England turns focus to roof collapses

To view this site, you need to have Flash Player 9.0.115 or later installed. Click here to get the latest Flash player.

February 19, 2014, 6:16 pm
SHARE THIS POST
Print Article


(NECN: Greg Wayland, Needham, Mass.) - Public officials and roofing contractors are speaking out as warmer temperatures in New England could present a new problem: Roof collapses.

It's the time of year when inches of snow have suddenly turned into feet on many roofs around the region.

"It's tough keeping up with the snow and keeping that snow off the roof," Needham, Mass. homeowner Rob Coffman says.

But in the winter of 2011, snow laden roofs began to give way. In Georgetown, Mass., a pitch-truss roof built over a school's flat roof caved in, forcing an evacuation - and that was on top of many residential roof collapses.

Rich Melo of Newton Roofing says the danger signs are mounting again, and could be compounded by rain.

"Right now, you're concerned about flat roofs, low sloped roofs with the weight of the snow and ice on them, especially if you get any ice dams on the edge of those roofs. The ice collects, the snow collects and then the rain adds a tremendous amount of weight," he explains.

Tags: massachusetts, snow, Needham, Greg Wayland, roof collapses, roofing contractors
RELATED STORIES
COMMENTS
Eastern Mass. saw periods of intense rain moving through Wednesday
Severe thunderstorms devastated Tewksbury, Mass. neighborhoods
Yards in Westford, Mass. were full of kindling after severe storms hit much of region
Many of 71-store supermarket chain's 25,000 employees urging shoppers to stay away until fired CEO Arthur T. Demoulas is replaced
48-year-old Paul Manganelli of Waltham, Mass., was sentenced to 60 months in prison with 5 years of supervised release
MIT Officer Sean Collier was allegedly murdered by the Boston Marathon bombing suspects 4 days after the attack