Are There Building Codes for Snow Retention?

April 4th, 2013

If you have ever built a home or worked with your local government on the construction of a building, you understand how intense building codes can be.  There are probably codes out there that you do not even know exist! There seems to be a code for everything.

Putting in a window? Make sure it is up to code!

Installing an oven? Make sure it is up to code!

Building a deck? Make sure it is up to code!

Single-and-Double-Rail-Clamp-On-Snow-Fence-Nita-Lake-Lodge-Whistler-Canada-2011-13-300x225You get the point. These codes, although they may feel like a nuisance, are extremely important in keeping each of us safe. Because of these codes we know that we should be able to open a window without it falling in on us, we know that our oven should not catch fire to the wall behind it and we know that when we stand on a deck it should be able to support us.

Without the building codes, we may not be able to trust our buildings.

Interestingly, there are not building codes related to the way that your roof handles the snow that will build up on it throughout the winter. This snow that is building up can cause serious damage to your roof, your gutters, your home, your yard and even to those that you love. The snow and ice that have slid off of houses in the past have killed those that it comes into contact with. Obviously, this is not safe.

It is important that you understand how to keep yourself, your home, your property and those that you love safe from a very dangerous situation. By working with TRA Snow and Sun, you can be sure that your roof is safe no matter what season it is. Although there may not be code enforced by the government, TRA Snow and Sun will make sure that your roof is going to handle the snow in the safest way possible. Do not hesitate to call or e-mail us today to get started on your way to a safe roof.