Asked by: Skaiste Atalikov
asked in category: General Last Updated: 20th January, 2020

When should you shovel snow off your roof?

If your main goal is to prevent ice dams, you should clear your roof after about every 6'' of snowfall. But if your main concern is a roof collapse, then raking your roof after every 12'' or more of snowfall should be adequate.

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Also asked, how much snow is too much on a roof?

Ten inches of fresh snow equates to about five pounds per square foot, which means your roof likely can support four feet of fresh snow. Packed snow, however, weighs more: two feet or more of old snow is enough to exceed weight limits. Old snow and new snow combined can easily exceed load capacity.

One may also ask, how do you know if your roof is about to collapse? 10 Signs Your Roof is on The Verge of Collapse

  • Weather Damage. It's important to be aware of the factors that can damage your roof.
  • Sagging.
  • Bends or Ripples in The Roof Supports.
  • Cracks in The Exterior Masonry.
  • Cracks in The Ceiling or Interior Walls.
  • Leaks.
  • Misaligned Sprinkler Heads.
  • Doors and Windows That Won't Shut or Are Hard to Open.

Just so, should I clean the snow off my roof?

If your main goal is to prevent ice dams, you should clear your roof after about every 6'' of snowfall. But if your main concern is a roof collapse, then raking your roof after every 12'' or more of snowfall should be adequate. Don't try to shovel your roof snow yourself.

Can Roof hold my weight?

While the average roof can withstand 20 pounds per square foot, there's a huge range in the weight of snow: Fresh, light snow can weigh just 3 pounds per square foot… so your roof may be able to hold over 6 feet of it.

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