Lots of us like to feed the birds but spare a thought for the poor neighbours of one US pigeon fan. He fed the local birds so often and lavishly, that around 200 pigeons regularly camped out on his roof. This was good news for his local roofing contractors, however, who were called out twice in one year to replace damaged and broken slates.
One homeowner found a drone on his roof and managed to trace the owner by looking at the images on the onboard camera. Meanwhile over in Japan, traces of radioactive material were found on a drone on the Prime Minister’s roof a few years ago. It was believed to have been landed by someone with a grudge against his policies at the time, although nobody was ever charged. Radioactive substances aside, drones have the potential to cause severe damage to roofs, particularly if blown off course by winds.
Police found a bunch of thieves on a roof in Louisiana, all of whom were industriously removing the roofing materials and claiming the money back at the local hardware store. When staff at the store became suspicious, the police intervened and found the thieves somewhere more suitable to spend their time!
Owners of a house in the US came across a locked safe on their roof. Hidden from view from the ground, the safe was believed to have been put there by the previous owners, who forgot about it when they moved. Although undamaged – and even found to contain some semi-precious stones – the safe itself had the potential to cause severe damage to the roof, not least due to its size and weight.
You wouldn’t usually expect to find fish on a rooftop, but freak weather conditions have been known to have unexpected consequences! Koi carp and catfish have both been found on rooftops, presumably lifted up by freak storms. While fish are unlikely to cause much in the way of damage to a roof, the fact they were there at all will have led to a thorough inspection for any other storm damage at the same time.
Have you ever found weird items on your clients’ roofing systems? It’s always worth reminding your clients to check their rooftops regularly to reduce the risk of any avoidable damage caused by debris, which needs to be removed as quickly as possible.
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