Why roof pitch is important when building in snow country

Shovel it... Sometimes there is only one thing left to do and that is to shovel it.

Shovel it… Sometimes there is only one thing left to do and that is to shovel it.

Two weeks ago we had a winter storm that caught everyone off guard.  Looking at the addition feet of snow to the roof of the old cabin, I knew I could not ignore it for long. I climbed the roof each night after work and began shoveling trying to beat the possible collapse.  Putting the dangers of falling through out of my mind, I continued to shovel the snow easing the creaking roof’s snow load.  Later that week, the race was on as 6 inches of new snow was added to the roof with over a quarter of an inch of freezing rain. School was cancelled, so I had the day to remove the rest, and it took the day.  On Friday, I had collapsed from exhaustion.  On the morning of Saturday, I was sick and would remain so until Wednesday of the next week.

Warm and cozy... The fire is blazing all thw hile keepign a pot of hot coffee available when I can put the shovel up and warm up after a job well done.

Warm and cozy… The fire is blazing, all the while keeping a pot of hot coffee available when I can put the shovel up and warm up after a job well done.

While I was in fevered sleep, I began to have lucid dreams of destroying the old cabin and replacing it with a well built pole barn shop.  I desired to never have to climb the roof of the old cabin again.  Sometimes it takes great adversity to motivate me to take risks to bring about the change that my wife and I desire and need.  Out of this snow storm an idea was conceived to create a shop that would replace the old cabin.  I have already begun the research to build a pole barn .

In the video above, I explain the importance of roof pitch when it comes to snow.  I also share a little about why we did not build an earthship as we had planned because of the climate here.  In the video I also explain why the chimney and vent pipes should be located close to the roof’s ridge.  If you like the video, please subscribe to our channel on YouTube and give us a thumbs up; it encourages us to keep making them.

One thought on “Why roof pitch is important when building in snow country

  1. Wow – sorry for the snow issues… but he new pole barn shop sounds great – good that comes from bad. What we get here the west coast is excessive rain at times, with washouts,etc that leaves us stranded for a bit. We’ve only had 3 feet of snow once that I recall, 20 years ago or so. Most of our roofs are about 5:12 to 9:12, though there is one at 3:12. It’s quite well supported (I’m a builder) but I’ll keep your story in mind, if we ever have that 3′ of snow again.

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