With the Blizzard of 2015 expected to make the record books for snowfall amounts, cities in the Northeast are already restricting travel and closing roads — leading to a temporary disruption in the operation of many area businesses. The sheer amount of snow expected to fall, combined with high winds, has the potential to cause roofs to collapse and for buildings to suffer interior water damage caused by the backup of sudden melting snow.
As commercial buildings often have flat roofs, they are susceptible to collapse, thereby increasing their chances of suffering additional damage after the storm has passed.
- Flat roofs are especially susceptible to collapse. Pre-World War II building codes only required roofs to support 10 to 20 pounds per square foot. Today standards require at least 30 pounds of support per square foot.
- Do not go on your roof to shovel snow off. It is dangerous enough to be on your roof when the weather is mild. It is particularly dangerous when your roof is covered in snow and ice. Your added weight to an already compromised roof can cause an immediate collapse.
- Hire a roofing professional to remove the snow from your roof if you feel it is in danger of collapse.
- Check your attic/roof for cracks or leaks. These can be a sign of imminent collapse. If you see cracks or leaks, or if your roof is noticeably sagging, call a roofing professional or structural engineer immediately and evacuate your building until you know that your property is safe.
With a regional office on Madison Avenue in New York City, our public adjusters are conveniently located to assist business owners with their property damage insurance claims in New York, Long Island and New Jersey. Let our public adjusters help with your property damage or business income insurance claims. Having a professional on your side can help to alleviate the burden of dealing directly with your insurance company, and will help you secure a full and fair settlement.
For more information on how GGG/AI can be of assistance with your property insurance claim, please contact Barry Flax at 800-858-3900, ext. 1114 or email@example.com.