Snowy bees- how much snow is too much for a roof??

posted 3 years ago in Home
Post # 3
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

LOL, I’m in MA and never really worry about the snow on the roof

Post # 5
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

@Jw1724:  If the house was built to code it should be able to withstand a standard amount of snow for your area. Only by calling your local municipal office can you get that number. Also, if you get really wet heavy snow you should be more concerned than fluffy powder. One of the last things I learned is that many roofs can stand from 30lbs of snow pre square foot to some withstanding over 70 pounds per square foot.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2014

@Jw1724:  Here is a really good article that will answer your question: http://www.popularmechanics.com/home/improvement/outdoor-projects/how-much-snow-is-too-much-for-your-roof

Right now I live in a house that is over 100 years old and there is at least a foot of snow sitting on the roof. The roof is fine, and there has never been any problems even before it was redone a few months ago. The house I grew up in was built in the 1960’s and doesn’t have any problems with snow on the roof.

Maybe check in the attic to see if the frame is bowing or cracking. It’s good that the roof on your house is steep, that means the snow will slide off. You’d have more problems with flatter roof.

Post # 8
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: April 2013

If your roof is in good condition and sloped, I really wouldn’t worry about it until you’ve got several feet up there.  More than anything, I would worry about not hanging out under the slope of the roof as the snow is likely to slide off in big, heavy clumps which can be dangerous if they hit you.

Post # 9
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Jw1724:  The storm today was alful! The school where I teach didn’t even send the kids home early, I live an hour south of the school, and it took me 2.5 hours to drive home today, I almost got stuck on the highway serveral times, ugh. Glad your safe. And yeah eventually you want to shovel your roof, were apt dwellers so we don’t have to worry about it.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Jw1724:  Yeah, most of NH did, and all surround towns did as well, I wasn’t too impressed wiht the towns superindent for not calling it early.

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Jw1724:  Yeah, I live in Southern NH, but grew up in Central NH, My commute started in Central NH today though. Not that thats a huge commute but.

 

Post # 14
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I grew up in upstate NY and we suffered serious snow damage one year when there was 6 feet of snow and ice packed down onto the roof. that was an extreme case when we got an excessive amount of snow. nowadays if there’s 3 feet of snow or more on the roof, my dad gets up there and shovels it off as a precaution. I think 1-2 feet on your roof should be no problem!

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

@Jw1724:  I’m in PA .  My drain pipe froze with all our snow and it caused a decent leak and damage to the ceiling since nothing could drain.  Be more concerned with freezing then weight, depending on how your drains are configured.  I did see on the local news about someone’s roof collapsing because of it.  But there’s so many factors to consider when it comes to the roof.

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