CHICOPEE, Mass. (WWLP) – You may have seen some snow building up on the roof of your house after the recent winter storms.
If it’s a newer home that’s built to modern code, it should be able to withstand about four feet of snow. However, older homes can run into issues at 2 1/2 to 3 feet.
There are two major concerns with snow on the roof. One is weight and the concern that a roof will be in danger of collapsing, sagging or breaking joices in the attic space. Ice and rain on top of the snow can also dramatically increase the weight load as well. The other major factor is ice dams.
“A home that’s properly insulated and ventilating to code shouldn’t have any icicles. You shouldn’t have icicles forming off the home. If you have large icicles forming on the home there’s a problem,” said Bill Sweeney, owner of Mr. Home.
To solve the problem in the short term you can clear your roof of snow and in the long term you should check to see if your home is being properly insulated and ventilated.
You can clear the snow with a roof rake or shovel, but it is recommended that you call a contractor if the roof is steep or high off the ground.