How much snow can your roof handle?
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How much snow can your roof handle?

by American Modern January 11, 2024

With winter weather fast approaching, you might be expecting quite a bit of snow on your roof. The question: Can your roof handle it? The answer: It depends.

According to Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety, your roof should be able to support 20 pounds per square foot of snow. Of course,  we don’t expect you to climb up and weigh it. Instead, we’ve created a guide to help you determine how much snow is actually on your roof.

If your roof is in the “danger zone,” you need to remove the snow to avoid collapse. For best results and for your own safety, consider hiring a professional roof contractor.

With any luck, your state won’t suffer through dangerous snow storms this season, but it’s better to be prepared.  Download this guide and share it on your social networks to help others avoid roof collapse:


For informational use only. Not applicable to all situations.

American Modern

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