You’d think that with the start of spring, Mother Nature will at least cut the snow-blanketed areas some slack. It’s not going to happen for a while in Utah.
A fresh batch of snow, wind, and rain is expected to fall all over Utah for a couple of nights, local weather data shows. Despite temperatures in the state swinging between 40 and 60 degrees for the past several weeks, the sudden drop that occurred in mid-March seemed like spring was still a long way away.
It’s probably winter making a last-minute delivery. However, the snow and gusts are enough for the National Weather Service to consider possible severe weather.
“That spring-like break Utahns relished earlier this week comes to an end on Thursday when the western two-thirds of the state braces for a building series of wintry storms.
The National Weather Service issued a Hazardous Weather Outlook for the region that stretches into the weekend. A moist, unsettled weather pattern will arrive in the Beehive State early Thursday, bringing a dip in temperatures, valley rainstorms and mountain snow showers.”
So for now, keep your Utah roofing companies like Oakley Roofing close and your roof rake closer. It’s not hard for Utah’s many ski mountains to receive around 500 inches of snow every year. Thanks to them, the suburbs aren’t receiving as much snow as the mountains; but it’s still important to keep packed snow off the roof.
Starts with Design
If you don’t like constantly going outside to clear snow every few hours or so, start with taking a good look at its design. Roof pitch means everything in shedding snow as much as leading rain. Coupled with warm weather, a steep pitch will take care of any snow load problem for you. The Federal Emergency Management Agency suggests a 6:12 roof pitch for snow-heavy areas.
Warm weather will hasten snow shedding, but what if the warm weather doesn’t come anytime soon? You need to create your own source of heat.
Heating the Roof
Heating cables close to the roof edge perform well in melting the ice and snow and preventing ice dams. They’re normally installed on the roofing surface but Salt Lake City roofers believe this system has its limitations. For starters, it’s difficult to dismantle the system when you don’t need it, namely come spring and summer.
Heat exposure can affect the cables’ performance as soon as winter comes again. That’s why novel heating systems are installed beneath the roofing material. It provides heat just like your typical heating cable yet remains safe from UV radiation. In addition, this system distributes heat more evenly.
(Article information from “Utah forecast: So long spring, rain and snow on the way,” The Salt Lake Tribune, February 26, 2014)