How Much Snow Is Too Much On Your Roof in Minnesota?
All that snow that fell on our roads in southeast Minnesota this month also fell on the roofs of our houses-- and it's a lot! But is it too much for your roof?
I noticed the roof of our house in northwest Rochester was sporting a massive drift on it in addition to the extra foot of snow we received last weekend during our good 'ol fashioned Minnesota blizzard.
But how much is TOO much snow on your roof? That's the question my wife and I were asking after we heard our house groaning and creaking under the extra weight of all that snow Sunday.
As it turns out, while this latest blast from Old Man Winter did dump a lot of snow on us, it's probably not TOO much for most residential structures here in southeast Minnesota. According to this HouseLogic article, it's not how much snow we got (a foot at our place) but the weight of the snow that we need to worry about.
And, unfortunately, this latest round of snow was pretty heavy-- as your back, like mine, probably told you after clearing it off our sidewalks last weekend. But, the story said, we should still be ok.
"Your roof is required by building codes to withstand the heaviest snows for your part of the country., so 'theoretically, if your roof is built to code, it’s built to support more than the normal load of snow and ice,'" a home improvement expert said in the article.
It mentioned, though, that a quick check is to see if your interior doors (like those to a bedroom or bathroom) are sticking-- because if they are, it's a sign there could be excess pressure on the frame of your house.
But overall, no, your roof probably isn't going to collapse even after this latest massive snowfall. If you do want to remove some of snow from your roof, though, the article went on to say it's best to use a roof rake with a telescoping handle that allows you to stay on the ground and remove some of the excess snow. (Which is what I did earlier this week.)
The article went on to say that you shouldn't get up on your roof and try to shovel it off yourself-- it's too easy to injure yourself doing such a thing. It recommended hiring a professional firm to do it for you instead. Either way, though, it said you don't need to get ALL the snow off your roof-- just enough to relieve the excessive load.