Feb 20, 2015 4:49 PM

Experts at UNH warn about more possible roof collapses after rain


DURHAM - Engineering experts are warning homeowners and businesses about more possible roof collapses this weekend due to the possibility of rain.

As storms have hit the Granite State back to back this winter, heavy snow and ice has already piled up on rooftops.

Now, as rain is predicted to approach this weekend, there is concern that it could deeply add to the stress already on roofs and cause more collapses.

"There's a Darwin thing here," said Ray Cook, UNH Professor of Engineering. "If a house has been here for a hundred years, it's been through a couple of bad winters. But a new house, maybe hasn't been tested yet - in a real tough winter. Now, a properly built new home should be fine and there's some new technologies that will prevent water damage from ice dams because a properly built new home has stuff under the shingles that can prevent water from getting inside the house."

Cook says sometimes the best decision - rather than spending hundreds of dollars on contractors - is to just wait it out and let Mother Nature take course.


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