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More snow on the way; do you know if your roof is safe?

The recent snowstorm left us with a large amount of accumulation in the roofs of our homes. Although some has melted, many roofs still have some snow, and an additional storm forecasted to arrive in the next day or two could cause the rafters to break, resulting in a roof collapse.

For Kansas City area residents, the kind of snowstorm we recently had, followed by a possible storm coming right on its heels (less than one week apart), with the potential of another six to ten inches, is a very rare occurrence.

This much snow piling up on the roof of your home is definitely not the kind of news that you want to hear, if you are a homeowner. Do you know how many layers of roofing your home has? Extra layers of roofing add weight, and rafters are designed to support one or maybe two sets of shingles, not several.

Believe it or not, many homes have multiple (3-4) layers of shingles, so I highly recommend you look into this matter before it becomes a serious problem.

If you are a homeowner, try and find the inspection that was when you purchased the home, and if you are looking to buy a new home, this is one of the items that are usually discovered by a licensed home inspector.

For additional information about how heavy snow accumulation can affect the roof or other components of your home, please contact me at 913-706-3971 or e-mail sean@seanroque.com

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Sean Roque

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