Time to break out the roof shovel?

Posted on November 23, 2012 · Posted in Roof Maintenance

Shoveling your roof often in the winter time has many benefits for your house and especially for your roof.  With the winters that we Mainers often face, heavy snow puts a lot of weight on our roofs, increasing the likelihood of collapses and leaks.  Shoveling your roof, especially after a heavy snow fall, is very important to maintain throughout the winter time.

It’s sometimes hard to tell how much weight the snow is actually putting on your roof.  Wetness makes a huge difference, since the moisture content of snow can range from 1% to 33%.  Snow can weigh anywhere from 1 pound per cubic foot to over 21 pounds per cubic foot, and this difference is a result of the moisture content.  Ice build up also has to be taken into consideration, which adds even more weight.  Unfortunately, Maine roofs can take a serious beating in the winter.

Most residential roofs should be able to support 20 pounds per square foot of snow.  Roofs of older houses, however, may not be able to hold the same amount of weight, making it even more necessary for homeowners to take the necessary precautions when considering winter’s impact on their homes.

With this in mind, don’t neglect your poor roof when the snow starts to fall!  When you’re shoveling or plowing your driveway, make sure you take some time to remove some of that snow from your roof, or the Maine winter will get the best of you this year.  At Horch Roofing, we also offer shoveling services and ice dam removal.  If you would like us to help maintain your roof this winter, feel free to give us a call!  Also remember that a sturdy roof will help you get through the winter.  If you’re in need of a new roof, call or visit us at Horch Roofing and we will help you.