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Near Record Snow Fall Causes Roofs to Collapse
120 Inches of Snow Has Fallen on Rooftops in Anchorage, Alaska!
The snow just won’t let up in Anchorage, Alaska this year and roofs are starting to collapse due to stress from the weight load.
Nearly 120 inches of snow has fallen so far this winter making it the fourth snowiest winter on record and the situation has the municipality struggling to keep up.
Last year in Edmonton, AB we experienced the exact same problem. As a result of this GRS had hundreds of our roofers working day and night for a month to clear snow from rooftops. They were clearing roofs as small as homes to manufacturing and commercial buildings the size of football fields. This was truly a team effort of around the clock work! The members at GRS would like to send a message out to Anchorage Roofing Companies to stay safe and all the best! Also we would like to remind every one that Roofs do collapse so it is imperative to put those harnesses on and know how the engineering of roof systems work before you start removing the snow. We had a number of roofs last year almost collapse under our workers!
The following is an excerpt out of the Alaskapublic.org website:
“The continuing snowfall also has Sharen Walsh, the building official for the Municipality of Anchorage concerned. She’s worried about snow loads on roof tops.
“Well, we’re definitely watching the situation. And we have had some roofs in town that have shown signs of stress or strain or cracking. We’ve had, I believe people have seen in the news, two roofs that have actually collapsed,” Walsh said.
Those roofs were on older buildings with flat roofs with malfunctioning draining systems. She says most roofs are still okay. Another problem, Walsh says though, is ice dams created by heat sources such as ridge vents or plumbing vents that melt snow and refreeze it.
“Those are quite a nuisance. They can cause water damage within the structure. We’re to the point where if a person has an older structure, they’ve seen some signs of stress on it. Maybe some sheet rock cracking in their ceiling, they might want to consider lightening that load,” Walsh said.
Again everyone here at GRS is reminding people in Anchorage to stay safe!
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