Can your roof handle all of this snow?

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There seems to be a lot of talk lately, and certainly media coverage, on roof collapses due to snow loads. I’ve been involved in many conversations these past few days asking me whether I feel folks should shovel off their roof or not.

The fact of the matter is, you can’t simply look at a roof and determine whether it is susceptible to collapse. It’s way more complicated than that and often involves consulting a structural engineer.

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Preventing Ice Dams

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Take care of trouble spots and you will enjoy a winter free of icicles—and the damage they can do to your roof.

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Stopping ice dams is simple, in principle: Just keep the entire roof the same temperature as the eaves. You do that by increasing ventilation, adding insulation, and sealing off every possible air leak that might warm the underside of the roof, as shown in the illustration below. By taking care of these trouble spots, listed here in order of priority, you should enjoy a winter free of dams Read the full post. Continue reading