Know your roof’s limit
Look up. North Glengarry Township is warning that a snow-loaded roof can be fraught with trouble.
Some area farmers can appreciate those cautionary words. In the last few weeks, at least two farm buildings in North Glengarry have been damaged because of heavy snow loads.
Because of heavy rainfall, snowfall and ice accumulation, many property owners could be faced with a heavy accumulation of snow and ice on their roofs.
Too much weight could put your building at risk. Cracked walls, difficult to open doors and windows and signs of water leakage could all indicate signs of potential roof failure.
The municipality notes that a residence ought to be able to support a load of 20 pounds per square foot of roof space.
Roofs can tolerate four inches of ice, 12 inches of packed snow or 40 inches of fresh snow.
Beyond this depth, a home owner could be in the “danger zone.”
PROBLEMATIC PACK: Warm weather ought to take a load off many buildings that have been covered in layers of ice and snow