Peace of Mind Using Roof Snow Load Measurements

Fresh, falling snow often conjures up peaceful images of snowflakes drifting gently onto the awaiting tongue of a smiling child. The reality is that snow can be quite dense, especially when accompanied by rain or ice. Accumulation of this heavy mass can become a crushing pile for a roof top. Avoid this dangerous situation by setting up a system in advance to take a roof snow load measurement.

 

When Is the Right Time To Shovel?

 

Removal of heavy snow is essential to prevent structural damage to your roof and possible collapse. The question becomes: When do you take on the roof shoveling task? If you’re already facing a large accumulation, it could be too late. Adding body weight when shoveling to an overly burdened roof may be too much for the structure to take at that point.

 

Fortunately, there are methods to help identify the right time to shovel the roof. A manual method for roof snow load measurement uses online calculators. However, they aren’t very accurate, reliable or easy to use. Variables such as roof pitch are required for the calculation, and the permissible load of the roof must also be known. Not everyone has that information handy. Using an online calculator also requires foresight and discipline to proactively go outside and make snow measurements. That may not happen reliably.

 

How Can a Sensor Help?

 

There is a better way that doesn’t rely on manual methods. Installing a roof snow load measurement sensor with alert system at the beginning of the season gives regular roof snow feedback. Unlike manual methods, it doesn’t rely on remembering to take the measurement. Most experts agree that deflection monitoring is the method of choice for reliable load measurements. Monitoring snow build up to 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, can help you avoid dangerous situations and ensures better roof snow management.

 

Whether the roof is on a home or a business, predictive monitoring of snow load can help stop a snow-caused roof collapse. What’re more, it can provide peace of mind throughout the winter.