Preventing Potential Roof Collapses

With the significant amount of snowfall seen in Boston in the past, residents and property owners should be mindful of the potential risk of roof collapses.

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FEMA Snow Load Safety Guidance Advisory

Public Safety Advisory On Potential Roof Collapses

MEMA Roof Collapse Safety Information

While most commercial and residential roofs are designed to handle loads in excess of what currently exists on rooftops, the current snowpack and potential for additional precipitation does increase the risk of collapses or other structural damage to properties. While there have been few issues reported in Boston, there have been several reports of roof collapses across the Commonwealth.

Property owners are asked to:

  • Safely remove snow from porches and decks
  • Safely remove ice dams from gutters
  • Clear downspouts
  • Check for water stains or moisture in the attic or ceiling walls.
  • Hire a contractor to remove snow/ice from your roof and all other areas you cannot reach

The Mayor is also warning residents to be cautious of roofing contractor scams. A legitimate roofing company should be able to provide the following:

  • Local references and roofing testimonials
  • Business License
  • Roofing credentials
  • Workers compensation insurance
  • General liability insurance
  • Written manufacturer warranties
  • Written labor warranties

For more information regarding snow removal or ice dams call 311.

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