Keep The Weight Off Your Roof

The constant snow may not only be weighing on your patience, but also on your roof. Snowy roofs are causing a lot of grief for people especially if their home is not properly insulated.

When heat escapes a house, it melts the snow left on the roof and creates icicles. The melting snow can cause water to leak into homes. Many locals said they have started to have water dripping from their ceilings. Some even said they have had their doors frozen shut due to leaks near entrances. Barn and shed collapses are another common occurance as the snow piles on roofs too weak for the load being dumped on them.

After measuring the snow on our roof, here at Channel 7, we found that a 1500 square-foot home could have about 37 thousand pounds of snow weighing on its roof.

"Up in Wisconsin, they do build the houses pretty strong," said owner of Stuart's Contracting Services, Stuart Taube. "They know there's going to be a lot of snow up here, but you want to try to get the roof clear of snow as much as possible but it's very dangerous, be careful going up there, or have a professional go up there otherwise just use a snow rake and get up as high as you can."

Justin Schultz of Dun-Rite Exteriors said in extreme cases, however, he has seen walls start to buldge and even cabinets starting to part from the walls because of heavy roofs.

Schultz and Taube both recommend clearing your roof of snow. They both suggested rakes, but if you do use a rake, Schultz said to use a plastic one and to leave about an inch of snow, so you do not tear off the shingles. He also said non-chlorine salt helps, but if you have a difficult-to-reach roof or have a lot of ice, you may want to hire a company that uses a steamer to not only clear the snow, but the ice too.


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