You had your Fort Collins Roofing Company replace your roof this last summer and you were very satisfied with the job we did. But now you are wondering, as the snow falls and the temperatures plummet, how much snow your roof can hold before danger looms. That is, you want to know how much snow is too much for your roof. Unfortunately, there is no simple answer, but we will explain.
First, we need to establish a perspective. A roof is a complex assembly of rafters, trusses a roof deck and roofing materials. Most roofs are pitched, thus allowing snow to slide off with relative ease. Also, most roofs are framed with closely spaced rafters for added strength. That being said, even if your pitched roof hold a fair amount of snow, it is strong enough to easily bear the weight.
Risks become a little greater if your roof is only slightly pitched or flat. Shallow roofs adjacent to taller, sloped ones are especially vulnerable. You see, snow from the taller roof may fall onto the flat roof, adding weight that might prove to be too much. This holds true for roofs over porches and carports. But having a roof collapse on your home because of snow is still very unlikely. So there is no need to lose sleep over the snow on your roof.
As a Colorado resident, you should know that snow comes and it goes. That is, the snow you see accumulating on your roof today will in all likelihood be gone in a few days. After all, that is the reason behind a pitched roof.