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Old 08-20-2015, 02:27 PM
 
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Someone just asked me why so many homes in Santa Fe have tires on their roofs. I don't get there very often and had to plead ignorance. Anyone know?

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Old 08-20-2015, 02:32 PM
 
Location: New Mexico U.S.A.
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Someone just asked me why so many homes in Santa Fe have tires on their roofs. I don't get there very often and had to plead ignorance. Anyone know?

Thanks!
You didn't ask "just how many homes?"

Maybe this is why:

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Had to put the tires from the 15-20 old cars somewhere. :-)

Apparently the best explanation I've found is that some older trailers' metal roofs will rumble during wind and rainstorms, and the heavy tires serve to dampen that rumbling.
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Old 08-20-2015, 03:12 PM
 
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It used to be the norm to see tires on the roofs of mobile homes. Apparently, they are not necessary on newer homes.
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:44 PM
 
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Apparently it isn't mobile homes, but site built. Tires on trailer roofs is an old windproof g technique. The suggestion was that it might be some kind of energy saving/insulation thing?
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Old 08-20-2015, 05:59 PM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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I suspect that mobile homes need the tires to weight the roof from being blown loose in a high wind.

And the same may hold true for other structures with metal roofs, especially older buildings/homes where the roofing nails may no longer be firmly embedded in the wood rafters. My shiftless neighbor had a couple of panels come loose on his corrugated metal roof one time, and now has tires up there!

Newer construction uses screws instead of nails, but even so, I've seen metal roofs ripped off in high winds regardless of screws being used.

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Old 08-20-2015, 06:03 PM
 
Location: Garden City, KS
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That way they don't have to pay the environmental recycling fee.
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Old 08-20-2015, 10:11 PM
 
Location: Albuquerque, NM
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I've never noticed that in Santa Fe... Though most roofs are flat with a parapet wall so you wouldn't see the roof anyway.
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Old 08-21-2015, 06:48 AM
 
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Probably too much work to get the whole car up there.
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Old 08-21-2015, 07:41 AM
 
Location: Sacramento Mtns of NM
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Probably too much work to get the whole car up there.
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Old 08-21-2015, 01:45 PM
 
Location: Santa Fe, NM
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Thanks for the laughs!

I, too, may be ignorant, but I get around town a lot and have not noticed tires on roofs, but when I have seen them, that's where they've been - as others have said - on the sloping metal roofs of old mobile homes. Guess I need to get around more!
Maybe not......
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