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When to clear a roof of ice or snow

While Georgia may not see a lot of snow, it doesn't mean that a snowstorm can't occur in a given winter season. It is also possible for ice to accumulate and put stress on a roof. Therefore, it is worth knowing how much weight a roof can handle before it needs to be cleared off. Generally, a roof in good condition can handle up to 20 pounds per square foot. Roofs that are built in snowier climates may be built to withstand heavier loads.

For every 10 to 12 inches that fall, a roof will experience about 5 pounds of weight per square foot. An inch of ice will weigh roughly the same as a foot of snow. Those who are curious about what their home's roof can handle should check with local building authorities or have it inspected. As a general rule, ice and snow tends to accumulate faster on roofs that have low or no slope.

In the event that snow needs to be removed from a roof, it should be done with a snow rake or similar tool. Ideally, the rake will be long enough that the snow can be cleared from the ground. This will minimize the chances of the roof sustaining damage or a homeowner sustaining a serious injury. The task can also be outsourced to a professional.

If an individual is injured while on another person's property, he or she may be eligible for compensation to help pay medical bills or make up for lost wages. However, this may only be the case if the injury was caused by the negligence of a property owner. Negligence might include failing to remove snow or ice from a roof or failing to clear a driveway.

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