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Planning for Snow: Adapting Plans for Local Conditions

by Jon Schultz on 12/30/16

When you are building a new home, there are probably some factors that you don’t take the time to consider. For example, you know how many bedrooms and bathrooms you want in the home, but do you know how you’re going to structure the roof of the home so that it can withstand the weight of the snow that will fall in the wintertime? Chances are that thought hasn’t crossed your mind, which is why you need to work with a trusted architectural firm that knows how to build your home so that it meets all of the local building codes and regulations when it comes to the roof and other aspects of the home.

There are a lot of calculations that need to be done to determine how to build a roof for a home that will sustain winter weather. For starters, an architect will take a look at the average snowfall in a given year for your location and then figure out how much snow could end up on your roof during the winter season. By crunching some numbers and using some simple formulas, the firm will be able to design a roof that works for the local climate, according to Popular Mechanics.

The firm will also need to take a look at nearby trees and structures to see how they could affect the snow on your roof. They could block snow from falling on your roof, but they could also prevent it from blowing away or melting. This may mean that you’ll need extra reinforcement for your roof, above and beyond what standard code requirements call for. The thermal factor for your roof will need to be calculated as well since that will play a role in how the roof should be built. As you can see, there are plenty of preparations that go into adapting the plans for a home based on the local conditions.

Before you start building a home based on whatever plans you have come up with, you should consider calling Schultz Architecture to talk about some of the factors discussed here. The last thing you want to do is work with a company that fails to think about the steps that must be taken before a roof is built on top of a home. Reach out to us at 269-615-2597 today to learn more how we can help take your existing plans and adapt them for life in Michigan or add in any additional features or design aspects to make your house a true home.

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