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Holy...

A house with a peaked roof in Glastonbury just... collapsed.  The whole damn house collapsed from the snow load.  The guy inside got out.  But - just wow.

OUR roof looks fine.  The ice dams are impressive, but we'll deal with that when it comes.  It worries me though, just in general.

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lillyflowers
Feb. 7th, 2011 12:28 am (UTC)
The roof on my house is fairly shallow in angle. I had my friend shovel it after I found drywall seams opening up and doors not shutting. It's a normal thing for that house and I'm actually GLAD those things happen to let me know the roof is getting bogged down.
kls_eloise
Feb. 7th, 2011 01:59 pm (UTC)
Ours is a cape, with that classic cape one to one rise. It really stinks when gutter cleaning time comes, but right about now I'm feeling okay with it.

Our doors have always been problematic, being homemade by the previous owners, so that doesn't help. I'm watching the drywall in the dormered section, though.
anarra
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:30 am (UTC)
I looked at the roof today and our house has more snow than most others in the neighborhood. Probably because we keep the heat so low. We turned on the house fan. :-)

Lots of melting today! I hope, hope, hope our new roof can handle the ice dams.
kls_eloise
Feb. 7th, 2011 02:03 pm (UTC)
Your roof probably looks like our garage roof. Same thing - no heat under there. I've been watching the rafters though, and so far so good.

I'm not sure if I'm at peace with the ice dams, or in denial. Either way what's going to come is going to come. There's not a heck of a lot I can do about it at this point.

I'm hoping for another big melt today. We got as much off the driveway as we could yesterday, but it could use more help.
antoniseb
Feb. 7th, 2011 03:53 pm (UTC)
The Glastonbury house looked like a 100-year-old cottage that had been in the damp shade of tall trees for most of its life. Your place is newish and built with standards.
kls_eloise
Feb. 7th, 2011 06:38 pm (UTC)
True. I have a more generic concern that at the rate various buildings are collapsing, it feels inevitable that someone is going to be killed in one of these. Just a generic feeling of dread, I guess. Perhaps the good luck will hold, and everyone will continue to get out - that would be good.

Right now I'm just hoping that the warm, balmy day out there is busy melting the ice on the driveway that was too stubborn for us to chip off.
galingale
Feb. 8th, 2011 02:48 pm (UTC)
I'm not sure I agree with that age estimate for the house -- I know the area, and it's got a large post-war development. I haven't driven past yet....too busy chopping ice and pushing meltwater out of our low-lying sidewalk.

Eloise, the roof-rake offer stands if you want to try and clear some eaves. It assembles to about 15' long.
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