Can Your Roof Withstand the Weight of Snow?

If it’s your first winter in a new home, you may have some concerns about the roof’s ability to hold the weight of snow. While large amounts of snow can be a lot of fun, they can also be a lot of work. Here’s how you can identify and prevent problems with your snowy roof.

Things to keep in mind

The structural design — A steep and smooth roof will generally shed snow much easier than a flat or slightly pitched roof.

The weight of the snow — Wet snow can be almost three times heavier than fluffy snow, which means it could be adding dozens of pounds to your roof.

The roofing material — Both asphalt and slate shingles can support the weight of snow, but asphalt is a more affordable option and easier to replace.

Signs of a weak roof

Be sure to check the attic for bends and cracks as well as noting how your roof looks from the street. Keep in mind that roof damage might not necessarily come from the weight of snow either. Roof damage could stem from insects, age, or rodents. It’s always good to check with roofing professionals before coming to any conclusions. 

Periodic snow removal

While your home is built to specific codes and should be able to withstand almost any snow load, some homeowners choose to remove some snow before it piles up. Before you do this, be aware of these important points. 

Don’t try to remove all the snow — You  might damage the roofing material underneath, which would leave the roof vulnerable to leaks. 

Pay attention —  As you’re pulling snow off the roof, you’ll want to make sure you don’t unintentionally block a path or hit a bystander.

At DaVinci Construction, we have been a leading roofing contractor in New Jersey and Pennsylvania for over a decade. Whether you need installation or repairs, we are your team of experts. Contact us to find out more about the different services we offer!