Jack, Payton and I spent the day looking at this building we really like in theory. Of course there is a big problem with it, because it is old and it has not been well maintained over the recent period of time. We think that it has been sitting vacant for about three years and before that the roof had not been replaced on the schedule that it should have been. We are waiting to hear back from a guy who does commercial roof replacement in Bergen county NJ. It is pretty difficult to think about what it might cost us to get it fixed, but we know from the building inspector that it has to be done and he seems to think it has to be done before you can occupy the building. The problem could come the next time you have a huge snow storm like the ones we had one after the other last year.
Snow is heavy and if you get enough of it you are going to lose any roof. Of course a lot of people use snow rakes to try to pull the snow down off of the roof tops. That is not something you can do with a flat roof this size. In fact this roof is probably about as big as a football field, or close to that size. You get something like six feet of snow on a roof that size and I guess you must be talking about hundreds of tons of weight. I am sure the formula is easy to figure out, although there is snow that is light and fluffy and there is snow that is wet and heavy. So it is not obvious that if you get six feet of one type of snow it will have a certain weight.Continue Reading