Shovel Your Roof or Else It May Collapse
The weight of snow on the roofs of buildings and houses in the area has become a major concern, and a UNH professor thinks it is indeed a good idea to remove the snow from your roof.
Ray Cook is a UNH Associate Professor of Civil and Environmental Enginneering so he would know. According to Fosters.com:
'At a weight of 15 pounds per cubic foot, Cook said that around four feet of snow could be enough to damage a roof. Additionally, since most roofs in the state are not pitched, homeowners could be in trouble.“Flat roofs are the ones that are most prone to have problems, because they tend to be weaker and accumulate more of a load,” Cook said.
It's not only snow, but also ice dams that are a concern. Homeowners might be able to spot them from the outside as they occur along the eves of a roof. If you're experiencing water dripping through your walls, you more than likely have an ice dam.
From the inside, be aware of new cracks in walls, never before heard sounds like popping noises, and doors or windows that might all of a sudden be hard to open.
These are all signs of a heavy roof load. It may be some time before you can get a professional to your house to help out. Do what you can safely, but in the meantime, don't be like this guy.