Schools Focus on Snowy Roofs as Storm Approaches
As reported by The Sun Chronicle.
With another storm looming, school officials
are paying special attention to roofs to make sure they are safe.
Last week a school roof collapsed from the weight of the snow on the Capt. Isaac Paine Elementary School in Foster, R.I., and a parking garage roof in Lynn buckled.
Area school officials said Monday they are conducting inspections of all their buildings and removing snow where necessary to make sure the roofs can handle the snow, rain and ice that is predicted for today and Wednesday.
Norton Superintendent Patricia Ansay said most of her school roofs are flat.
She said they are being inspected and a roofing company has been hired to clear snow from the stress points of the roofs. There have been no problems so far with Norton roofs, she said, but incidents in other communities made her want to make sure her schools were safe.
Kyle Kummer, facilities and grounds administrator for North Attleboro schools, said his school roofs have been inspected regularly for the past few weeks. The efforts are being doubled this week because of the predictions of more snow, he said.
Kummer said his staff has been removing snow from strategic points on the roofs, such above gymnasiums, auditoriums and cafeterias.
Unlike classroom sections, the large open areas lack partition walls that add strength to the roofs, he said.
Most important, he said, is to shovel away large snow drifts that add a lot of weight to a small area.
Kummer said it is also important not to shovel down to the bare roof, or use a snow blower, because that can damage a roof and void its warrantee. Attleboro school Business Manager Marc Furtado said the city's school roofs are inspected regularly. There have been no problems yet, except for some persistent drainage problems at Wamsutta and Brennan middle schools.
The school department has hired Odeh Engineering to inspect the roofs and review their structural integrity. Furtado said the work should be completed today.
Other than Brennan and Wamsutta, most of the other Attleboro schools have flat roofs, including the six-acre roof of Attleboro High School.
Paul Schaefer, business administrator for King Philip Regional School, said his worry is the rain predicted for Wednesday.
He said the snow on the roofs could act like a sponge and absorb the water and its weight.
The custodial crew has inspected the roofs to make sure drains are clear and working, he said. Schaefer said he has also e-mailed the school architect to inquire about the stress levels.
Schaefer said he is reluctant to put people on the roofs to clear snow because if damage is done to the rubber coating it would cause leaks.
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