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Old 12-22-2007, 07:47 PM
 
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5 or 6 inches of snow isn't going to be a problem on a sloped roof that is anywhere near structurally sound.
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Old 12-23-2007, 10:42 AM
 
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Raking ones roof to eliminate the threat of ice dams has been a particular problem this year due to the temps not getting much above 20.
I raked one of my roofs halfway up and the ice reformed at down sloped edge of the snow. This caused me to climb onto the roof and remove the ice again.
Even though snow is a great insulating factor it seems this year you would be prudent to remove all snow from your roof.
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Old 12-23-2007, 11:48 AM
 
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Now, my question is... do I really HAVE to rake my roof? We've been here for 4 full winters, this is our 5th. We never raked our doublewide's roof, and now we have a cape farmhouse with a much steeper pitch. No gutters, just want to know if we really HAVE to do the raking thing... seems not worth it since we don't have much snow on the roof.

And we have a gambrel barn as well, does that need raking? That does hold snow on the top pitch, but it's VERY hard and dangerous to get up there, esp. in the snow. Forest Beekeeper would know, lol. He and my husband put up black plastic on one side this past fall. The side w/out the plastic gets alot of sun and has hardly any snow on it, and the side w/ the plastic has about 5-6 inches or so on it.

Anyone got thoughts on this one?
im willing to bet the majority of roofs in maine do not get shovelled off or raked,
however, it depends on the roof, the age of the structure and the slope and, how well a structure is built,
ive never raked my roof on my house in 15 yrs, maybe i should,,but then again, this house seems structurally sound, and ive never had any problems,,now if ive had leaks, or the house was quite old,,then yes,,id have more a sense of urgency,
of course having said this,,im tempting fate and it will probly cave in tonight,,
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Old 12-23-2007, 12:06 PM
 
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im willing to bet the majority of roofs in maine do not get shovelled off or raked,
however, it depends on the roof, the age of the structure and the slope and, how well a structure is built,
ive never raked my roof on my house in 15 yrs, maybe i should,,but then again, this house seems structurally sound, and ive never had any problems,,now if ive had leaks, or the house was quite old,,then yes,,id have more a sense of urgency,
of course having said this,,im tempting fate and it will probly cave in tonight,,
Knocking on wood here for you. :P
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Old 12-23-2007, 02:51 PM
 
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My house is 80 years old this year and the roof is 3 years old. Never raked it before, don't plan on starting this year. It never develops an ice dam and never leaks so I never bother. Structurally built for a lot heaver snow load than we get so there is really no point in it if there isn't leaks or a dangerous amount of ice build up.
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Old 12-23-2007, 03:33 PM
 
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Whew, I do feel somewhat better at this point. Our roof IS around 13 years old or so the inspector said, but is still structurally sound, although will need replacing in the next couple years. It has hardly any snow, and we've been knocking off the ice as it forms. Well, as much as we can anyway. They never had leaks here, and there's no evidence of them at all so hopefully we're safe there. The barn, well, most of the snow fell off it today, and it seems fine. I do feel better, thanks all!
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Old 12-23-2007, 05:46 PM
 
Location: Maine
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I doubt the roof of our other house has ever been raked. We haven't done it in the 17 years we've owned it. Steve cleared a little on the roof here this morning. This is the first winter with a metal roof and we're not sure what to expect. The back of the house clears with the sun and wind but the front doesn't. A lot of the snow melted during the day. It's 7:45 pm now, still 42* and raining. I heard the snow a little a few minutes ago. If it slides off at 3 am I'm going to need help peeling my jumpy husband from the ceiling.
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