Snow Issues

(Also see "Ice Dams")

Note the ice dam forming and the deforming gutter.

Useful Links:

1. General: "Prevent Roof Collapse on Homes" is a brief overview article available at the website of the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

2. General: "Snow Load Safety Guide" is a useful and fairly detailed article produced by FEMA as a part of their Risk Management Series.

3. Codes: See "SECTION 1608 SNOW LOADS" in the ICC's 2012 International Building Code for snow load related design considerations. Available on the International Code Council's Online Library.

4. Technical: "Minimizing the Adverse Effects of Snow and Ice on Roofs" is a design-oriented article from 2001 available at the US Army Engineer Research and Development Center website. It's not overly technical and provides a good overview of snow and ice issues.