Where is the Snow that Should Be on that Roof?
While looking at properties since the major snowstorm that Connecticut experienced this past week, a number of my buyer clients have asked me why a few roofs don't have the amount of snow coverage that others do. As you can see from the photo below, this house had much less than expected the day after 22 inches of snow blanketed the area.
So why does the snow on some roof tops melt away before it does on others? Sure, it could be because of the exposure to sun, but in many cases it has to do with the amount of insulation in the attic. Homes with less than adequate attic insulation tend to experience greater heat loss from the living part of the house thus sending more heat to the attic and causing more rapid melting of roof snow. Conversely, those homes with greater insulation tend to hold their roof snow a little longer.
Haven’t been up in the attic lately? Can’t fit through that tiny attic hatch to check things out? Just take a walk outside and look at your roof compared to those of your neighbors with the same exposure to the sun. Chances are if your roof is bare and others still have significant snow cover, you might want to look into adding some rolled insulation. There is probably some money to be saved, and you can do your part to reduce the demand on fossil fuels. Owens-Corning offers many tips on how to insulate your attic. My favorite is the attic stairway insulator!
Don’t let your hard-earned dollars go through the roof.