Winter has arrived! If you have been following the recent weather that people not too far away from us have been experiencing, then you know that snow can come whenever it pleases, and it can fall fast, which can make our lives full of worry! Luckily, we haven’t had too much snow yet in Trenton, NJ. However, if we do get snow, you need to be able to know the what you need to do to be sure you will stay safe under your roof in the winter time.

  1. Do you know how much your roof can hold? Give your local roofing company a call to figure out what your home should be able to hold, but on average a roof can support up to 20 pounds of snow per square foot because it becomes stressed. Depending on the location of your home here in Trenton, your home could have been designed with a higher weight threshold.

  2. Do you know how heavy the snow outside is? Test it out! If you have 10 to 12 inches of fresh snow on your roof, it can equal out to about 5 pounds per square foot. 3 to 5 inches of packed snow also equals out to be about 5 pounds per square foot. You need to keep a close eye on the snow if it reaches more than 2 feet. Having 2 feet of snow settle down on your roof can equate to 60 pounds per square foot, putting your roof under more stress than it can handle.

Stay tuned for our next blog where we will be giving you the final tips on how to make sure you are safe under your snow covered roof this winter.