This weekend’s Bottom Line column:
To those who sat through the recent blizzard wondering how much snow it would take to collapse their home’s roof, here’s an answer:
A properly designed, built-to-code residential roof in Connecticut should not collapse, even under extreme winter conditions.
“You design to a worst-case analysis,” says Barry LePatner, co-author of “Structural and Foundation Failures” and a New York City construction attorney. “If you follow those, you should not have a collapse unless there’s an extraordinary circumstance.”
There is a way, however, to determine if the threat of collapse is so great that the roof should be cleared either by a roofing specialist or the resident daredevil.
Do the math.