When the snow really starts coming down in force, you need to know how best to handle it. What most people forget is that a danger of this kind of weather is that the weight of snow can cause major damage before it even begins to melt by facilitating a roof collapse. That’s why you should make sure to have a reliable roofing company in Bethesda and other parts of Maryland to handle these potential issues.
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Most residential roofs are said to be able to support up to 20 pounds, which actually isn’t very much. Keep in mind, too, that there are different kinds of snow, including the fluffy stuff, tightly-packed snow that may be mixed with ice, and then just ice on its own, formed as a layer resulting from the melted snow from before. All of these can be perilous and can cause roof collapse if left to build up gradually without action.
For comparison and information’s sake, here are some of the general weights for different kinds of snow so that you can better identify the risk and potential for roof collapse:
- “Fresh snow” should not be allowed more than four feet as a heavier amount will cause damage.
- “Packed snow,” which is fresh snow piled tight onto itself, should be cleared away before more than two feet have accumulated.
- “Total accumulated weight: 2 feet of old snow and 2 feet of new snow could weigh as much as 60 lb per square foot of roof space, which is beyond the typical snow load capacity of most roofs.”
- “Ice: 1 inch of ice equals 1 foot of of fresh snow,” so don’t forget to include ice buildup when examining the amount of precipitation up on your roof.
For a quick, safe fix, go to your nearest hardware store (if you can get there) and purchase a snow rake, which can knock down some of the excess hanging off of the edges from a safe distance. If you need a professional roofing company in Bethesda that will get the job done right, get in touch with Cox Roofing. You’ll be able to work with a Baltimore County roofing business that has your best interests in mind and which has over thirty years of experience.
Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.