January in Utah typically means one thing – SNOW, and a lot of it. Historically Utah experiences most of its annual snow pack during the month of January. For snow lovers, this means great fun on the slopes, on the snowmobiles, or even in your own backyard. However, can there be too much snowfall? When it comes to your roof, the answer is YES!
How much snow can my roof handle?
According to the Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, the average roof can handle weights up to 20 pounds per square foot. That equals up to approximately 4 feet of snow. However, if there is ice underneath the snow it can be significantly less than that.
What should I do to keep my roof from collapsing under the weight of snow?
Here are four simple steps you can do to make sure your roof does not collapse under the weight of heavy snows:
Figure out how much weight your roof can support. As was said earlier, most roofs can handle approximately 20 pounds per square foot. If you are not sure, consult a roofing contractor for help.
Calculate how much snow is on your roof. Most snows here in the west produce a much lighter, fluffier snow fall. However, we do see some wetter snowfalls that are quite heavy. With a wet snow, you may consider clearing your roof with only a couple of feet on it. With a lighter snow, you may consider clearing your roof if it has approximately four feet on it.
Remove excess snow and ice. Using a snow rake, carefully remove excess snow and ice from your roof. Do not climb up on the roof as it can be very dangerous with snow and ice on the roof. If you are struggling to clear the snow off of your roof, it would be wise to contact a roofing contractor for help.
Look for signs of a stressed roof. Some of the most common signs of a roof that has become stressed from the weight of the snow include sagging ceilings, popping or creaking noises, and jammed windows or doors. If you notice any of these signs, quickly evacuate your home and call a professional contractor to come and assess the safety of your roof.
Winter and snow should be a fun and wonderful time to enjoy with family and friends. If you are concerned whether or not your roof can withstand the heavy January snows, call the roofing professionals at American Prestige Roofing for a free inspection. Our promise to you is an honest inspection by a highly trained and qualified roofing professional.