Tips to Prevent Roof Damage This Winter
As the cold winter weather continues, you may be dreaming of the warm summer sun. While you are spending your time planning for your summer vacation, it is important to make sure you know how to protect your home from roof damage that is caused by the snow and ice. Keep these tips in mind to ensure that you do not have to spend your summer vacation fund on repairing your roof this season.
- Evaluate your risk – melting snow can easily and quickly run off steep sloped roofs, while it can accumulate to dangerous levels on flat or low slope roofs, such as over porches. Look at your roof and look for any areas that must be a safety hazard.
- Estimate how much your roof can support – typical roofs can support 20 pounds per square foot of snow unless they are damaged or decayed. However, it your roof is designed especially for heavy snow fall, it may be able to hold more. Check with your local building department to see exactly how much your roof can support.
- Estimate how much snow is on your roof – fresh snow weighs around 5 pounds per square foot, so typical roofs can hold about 4 feet of snow. 3 to 5 inches of packed snow is equal to about one inch of water, which means typical roofs can only hold about 2 feet of snow before they are stressed.
- Clear off your roof – using a snow rake that has a long arm is the best way to safely get the snow off your roof. You may also want to consider hiring a snow removal contractor if you do not feel comfortable removing the snow yourself.