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February 6, 2010

Get that snow off flat roofs, county exec says

Anne Arundel County Executive John R. Leopold sent out an advisory this morning warning everyone with flat roofs not to wait around for the snow to melt.

"Flat roofed buildings are extremely susceptible to collapse from the weight of large accumulations of heavy snow," he said in a statement. "In the interest of public safety I urge citizens to take the necessary steps to remove snow from flat roofs in order to avoid the increased danger of collapse."

It probably goes without saying, but be careful if you're going to take those steps.

Do you have a flat-roofed home or business?

Posted by Jamie Smith Hopkins at 11:24 AM | | Comments (3)
Categories: Home maintenance, Weather
        

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While it is true the snow can be heavy, homeowners need to be very careful shoveling snow from their roof. The potential for damaging the roof system can far exceed the potential the risk of roof collapse from the weight of the snow.
Should the homeowner inadvertently punch a hole in the roof it may cause a leak that may not be able to be repaired until AFTER the snow has melted and that could result in significant interior damage.

So be careful and be wise BEFORE you start shoveling!

Jeffrey P. Fick
Fick Bros Roofing & Exterior Remolding Co.

Thanks for that warning, Jeffrey!

Yeah, this really seems like ridiculous advice, frankly. How the heck are we supposed to SAFELY get on top of our icy roofs to shovel off snow??

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Jamie Smith Hopkins, a Baltimore Sun reporter since 1999, writes about the regional economy. Her reporting on the housing market has won national and local awards. Hopkins is a Columbia native and has lived in Maryland all her life, save for 10 months spent covering schools in Ames, Iowa.
She trained to become a wonk by spending large chunks of time as a geek and an insufferable know-it-all.
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