If your town gets hammered by a heavy winter storm that drops a lot of snow on your roof, you want to know how much weight from snow your roof can bear. Some roofs are built to handle more snowfall than others, knowing the max capacity of your roof will equip you with valuable information ahead of any winter storm.
During your next roofing inspection, make sure to ask your experienced Honest Abe Roofing Advisor how much snow your roof can handle.
The last thing most people want to do right after a storm is go outside and see what the damage is to their home. If you’re lucky, you’ll walk outside and see that the storm had more bark than bite and that your home is still in tip-top shape.
However, for some homeowners the journey outside their front door after a storm yields that most annoying of emotions: I have a lot of work to do to clean this up or I need to hire a professional to help me address major repair needs.
Even if your roof can handle a large volume of snow, you shouldn’t wait to lessen its weight-bearing burden. After a heavy snowstorm, snow can add up to 18 pounds per cubic foot. Add other debris and that means your roof could be supporting almost an entire ton of snow, ice and debris!
Do your best to remove excess snow and debris that ends up on the roof throughout the winter. Doing maintenance in the moment can help prevent future damage and lengthen the life of your roofing system.