Ice Dams and Snow can be heavy!
Ice can be estimated at 57 lbs per cubic foot! An inch of water weighs 5.2lbs per square foot and snow can vary in weight depending on the water density. Based on the structural design of a building, snow loads can be a serious concern during the winter and that's where our Roof Ice Melt systems come into play.
Places where snow loads should be of concern:
- Roof Overhangs
- Multilevel Roofs
Structural integrity is also something to be concerned about when dealing with heavy snows. Considering the need for a roof ice melt system is usually an afterthought when the damage has already been done. Years of wear and tear of existing structures and their exposure to water and weight can cause rotting, in turn making them weak.