Lots of phone calls about roofs! Should you be concerned?
We receive multiple calls from clients and friends with concerns about their roof. With the amount of snow, ice, and rain bombarding Oregon, it is a true concern. Buildings less than 20-years-old are designed and built to current Oregon codes. That means if your building was built after 1997 it can handle a minimum of 20 pounds per square foot (PSF) or more (varies based on specific city codes). That’s 16-18 includes of snow. So, when should you be concerned?
When snow has collected more than 18” and un-melted snow is covered in rain and/or ice.
This year we’ve had record breaking snowfall combined with freeze and thaw conditions. Although our roofs can handle a minimum 20 PSF, it’s hard to gauge the weight when snow and ice begin to combine. We suggest preventative measures including clearing the snow from the last 3-4 feet up using a roof rake (while standing on the ground) or hire a professional. It’s very dangerous to use a ladder during these conditions!
When ice dams begin to form.
Ice dams (pictured above) occur when the heat inside your building begins melting the snow on the roof. The water runs off but hits the edge of the roof, where it’s unheated, and freezes creating an ice dam. We advise finding a bonded professional to remove ice dams, as soon as possible. Do not use a hatchet or ice pick as that can damage your roof and cause more problems. As mentioned above, to prevent ice dams, clear the snow from the last 3-4 feet up.
When you see new cracks in drywall, ceilings, or walls.
This is a sign water is leaking into your building. Have your roof cleared by a professional, as soon as possible, to prevent any additional damage.
When you want peace of mind.
This is quite a unique winter and it’s not over! To protect the people in your buildings and your physical assets, error on the side of caution. If you decide to hire someone, make sure they are bonded and insured to protect them and yourself.
Any other questions, don’t hesitate to contact us. 541.388.9897, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Stay warm and safe!