Late Thursday night and early Friday morning brought an end of season snowstorm. At this time of year, Salt Lakers are torn about how to feel about an unexpected snowfall. Some meet the snow with anger, undoubtedly ready for spring, flowers and warm weather. Others were excited to have one last taste of winter, and skiing they love so much. Regardless of how you felt about the snow, one thing was for sure, it caused problems for homeowners.
Damage from a spring snowstorm
If you found yourself driving around downtown Salt Lake City Friday morning you may have noticed one thing, hundreds of broken tree branches. Spring snow is usually heavier, denser and harder to shovel. During the winter the average ratio of snow to water melt is 10 to 1 inch. This means that it takes 10 inches of snow to melt down and produce 1 inch of water. Most spring snowfalls result in a ratio of 5 to 1. Meaning the snow is twice as dense as normal, making the weight heavier for tree branches, awnings, and power lines.
Rocky Mountain Power has confirmed that around 17,000 customers have been without power due to the storm. The numbers were so great that out of state backup had to be called in to help.
How roofs can be impacted
When large tree branches break and fall the damage can be quite large. The picture above was actually taken from one of our team members on their way to work. As you can see the car has a broken window and significant damage to the exterior of the car. Just like this poor vehicle, a roof can suffer the same amount of damage from a tree branch falling due to heavy snow. This can cause holes in the roof, collapse or even worse. Obviously, these examples are cases of extreme damage that must be addressed immediately. Other damage may not be as self-evident. If you had trees and debris strike your home during the snow storm, contact an expert. Our Salt Lake City roofers are happy to provide thorough inspections to help determine if any damage has been done, and more importantly, what can be done about it.