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Old 12-17-2008, 10:55 PM
 
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I'm in SE Las Vegas where it snowed today, and then my roof started making loud cracking noises as though someone were walking on it with a heavy foot. Is it because of the colder than usual temperatures? The noise started right about when it was snowing and it's been going on for at least 5 hrs now.
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Old 12-17-2008, 10:58 PM
 
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I was out and about and saw many trees down. Do you have trees around your home? They were crackling and creaking big time.

If not I am sure the weight might have something to do with it. The snow is very heavy.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:08 PM
 
Location: Vero Beach, Fl
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Perhaps expansion and contraction. Do have ductwork under your roof running heat??
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:15 PM
 
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Hmm...ductwork is actually inside the house. This sounds more like a heavy guy walking on the roof, or maybe like wood cracking. There is one large tree in the neighbors yard, but that couldn't sound like someone walking on the roof.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:27 PM
 
Location: NW Las Vegas - Lone Mountain
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Most likely the weight of the snow is loading the roof trusses up. So they are groaning a bit as the weight comes on.

Does not mean anything bad. Just shifting with the load. If properly designed they will be fine. If not expect some free cooling in your home.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:34 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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Just grab your roof rake and rake it off.
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:51 PM
 
Location: South San Francisco
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roof rake's are as scares as snow plows in this town
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Old 12-17-2008, 11:54 PM
 
Location: Beautiful Upstate NY!
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future LV residents from the east: take note for packing when moving.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:43 AM
 
Location: Southeast Missouri
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Trees make those cracking noises because of the weight of the snow. They might break, but they usually don't.

It could be your roof, though. Snow can collapse roofs, but I've only seen it on TV.
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Old 12-18-2008, 12:43 AM
 
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I've never been up on the roof, I don't do ladders. But what's a roof rake?
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