Is a Lot of Snow on my Roof Bad?

With winter well underway here in Maryland, the temperatures have dropped and there is a strong possibility for big snowstorms to hit soon. We always think about the impact a foot of snow will have on our roads, but often don’t take the time to consider what it may do to our homes. Let’s look at the impacts of snow on your roof, as well as some tips for dealing with large amounts of snow.

Is a Lot of Snow on my Roof Bad?

How much snow can your roof hold?

The amount of snow that can safely sit on your roof depends on several factors, such as the material your roof is made of, the age of the roof, and the condition of the roof. The average roof can hold about 20 lbs of snow per square foot, which equals about four feet of snow. While an average roof can withstand this amount of snow without collapsing, that doesn’t necessarily mean that you want to let four feet of snow sit on your roof for days on end.

Metal roofs are ideal for areas with heavy snow, as they can better withstand the weight of large amounts of snowfall, and snow more easily slides off the roof than it does with other roofing types. Asphalt shingles are also a great, more economical option for homes in snowy areas as they can withstand a considerable amount of weight and cost less than metal roofing.

Is your roof damaged in any way?

Another major consideration heading into winter is the condition of your roof. An asphalt shingle roof in perfect condition can withstand two feet of snow no problem, but a compromised one may not be able to. Before a major snowstorm make sure to have your roof inspected so you aren’t at risk for a leak, or much worse, collapse under the weight of the snow.

How can you safely remove excess snow?

Excess snow and ice can be removed using a snow rake, but that still requires you to be on a ladder or on the roof itself for the removal. We are a Baltimore, Maryland roofing company and are familiar with the area and it’s winter weather. To safely remove the excess snow and ice from your roof, you may consider hiring a professional to come out and remove it. If you experience a leak during a snowstorm or afterwards as the snow and ice begin to melt, be sure to have all snow and ice removed and to have the roof repaired or replaced immediately.

If you are concerned about your roof heading into the snowy days of winter this year, call us at Alternative Roofing today. Our team can discuss your particular roofing situation with you to determine how much snow your roof can safely handle. If you have concerns about the current condition of your roof, we can help you determine if it is time to replace it or repair it. At Alternative Roofing our goal is to keep you safe and sound year round.


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