There are a number of different types of roof damage, ranging from leaks to wind damage. All of them can affect your home or business, putting your loved ones and possessions at risk. A Massachusetts music store recently learned just how true this can be after their roof collapsed following a snowstorm, likely damaging a rhinestone-covered grand piano that once belonged to Liberace.
Rockland, Mass. received over 29 inches of snow thanks to a number of storms that hit the Northeast in early February. On Tuesday, Feb. 10, this amount approved to be too much for the roof of the music store Piano Mill. Part of the roof collapsed early in the morning, crumbling onto a number of expensive pianos inside.
Both the store owner and the Rockland Fire Department believe Liberace’s grand piano is located in the collapse zone. The famed entertainer’s instrument was featured in the HBO movie Behind the Candelabra, starring Michael Douglas and Matt Damon. Store owner Rob Norris reported that the piano has 88,888 rhinestones and is believed to be worth $500,000.
The pitched roof of the Piano Mill had lightweight construction, causing a 100-foot by 100-foot section to fall into the showroom under the weight of the snow. Neighbors said that the collapse occurred overnight, causing a loud rumble and setting off nearby motion detection lights. Rockland Fire Chief Scott Duffey stated that the damage to the property is significant.
Roofing experts say that this incident is an unfortunate moment that homeowners who may be putting off roof repairs can learn from.
“Snow on the top of a roof or building certainly adds a lot of extra weight before it melts,” said Mike Kossman, co-founder and director of sales for Gundaker Construction Restoration Group. “However, as long as the roofing system is up to code and there are no excess roofing materials (which can weigh it down), there should be no issues with a collapse. Those looking to remodel their roof should use proper contractors who are certified, licensed professionals.”
The record-breaking snowstorm reportedly caused several roof collapses throughout the state. Owing to structural damage, the Piano Mill has been unable to check the status of the Liberace piano. No one is being allowed inside until a structural engineer assesses the situation.