Protecting your roof from all the snow

KANSAS CITY, Mo. - The recent snow is bringing other dangers as well. The threat of a roof collapse on Wednesday forced Macy's at Metcalf South to close. The added weight on your roof is also adding up.

For homeowners, it's not going to be easy because many hardware stores are either out, or they never stocked up on roof rakes to help you pull down the snow from where you can't reach.

This is not the roof work Josh Davis, owner of Think Contracting, is used to doing.

Davis said part of the problem is the melting of the snow causing ice dams underneath the shingles of homes. He hopes homeowners pay attention, and know the dangers of ice dams that could form from all of the snow. One cubic foot of this snow can weigh between 10 and 20 pounds.

"The average roof is about 1,500 to 2,000 square feet. You're looking at 30,000 to 40,000 pounds of additional weight potentially on your home," he said.

And that could cost thousands of dollars in damage which could easily be avoided.

"If you have an inadequate amount of insulation in your attic, you're going to get more heat that rises through the attic, hits the bottom of the snow and melts the bottom of the snow," Davis said.

If you want to do it yourself, and if you can't find a roof rake at a hardware store, you can also call or stop by and ask them if they can order it. Roof rakes run about $40. You can also call the professionals and it will cost you between $100 and $300.

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