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 2015 International Building Code for snow-load-related design considerations. Available on the UpCodes website.

4. Technical: To find the ground snow load for a specific location, see the Hazards by Location page at the website of the Applied Technology Council.

5. Technical: Design: “Considerations For Building Design In Cold Climates” from the Whole Building Design Guide is definitely worth a look.  

6. Technical: Design: "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.

7. Technical:"Snow-Induced Roof Failures and Prevention Methods: An Overview" by Alyssa Stangl is an easy-to-follow technical discussion of the subject. The paper is from from 2013 and available on Failures Wiki: Building, Architectural and Civil Engineering Failures and Forensic Practices. (This site has shut down as of 2019 and we’re trying to locate the article elsewhere.)