orangputeh· Premium GOT Member
A 250lb roof is Nevada code right? great 1st hand experience story btw.Nice pics. We're around the lake a little, in Incline with a house at 6700' and one at 7500'.
Our roof is rated for 250lbs/square foot, which is the current code.
FWIW, there are flat residential roofed houses around. My neighbor is a structural engineer and built their's that way, though with some giant I-beams. I'm sure his is up to current code. We have some older flat roofed houses too, including another neighbor across the street. He started having just a few micro-leaks, and so had his roof partially shoveled.
The code varies based on elevation and location. That 250 lbs/sf (there's a chance it's 300, I can't remember) is at 7500'. But there's a reason it's 400 at some of those houses in Soda Springs. Our local ski resort is about to pass 400 inches of snow for the season (they seem to be undercounting this year, but it puts it in the right frame of reference) versus 600 at high locations around Truckee/Donner/Soda Springs. That area is a little colder so the stuff should be a little lighter, something like an average 1:15 ratio instead of a 1:12 ratio of water to initial snow inches. But in general that area is going to get more due to the topography and normal storm direction. It's the ridge and a bit of a funnel, so the sponge gets squeezed more.A 250lb roof is Nevada code right? great 1st hand experience story btw.
I'm glad you brought up flat roof residential, because the more I see these pics and hearing about $10k-20K clearing bills, the more I was thinking that a flat roof home would be the way to go...I'd build a 1000lb minimum I-beam flat roof, that was homeowner maintainable( with a snowblower). I'd install 12 ft LED poles at every roof obstruction by October, and use removable lighted shoring on any cantilevered eves. Shored garage openings every 9/10ft. Top priorities would be roof load, snow storage, and then fire proofness. Architectural aesthetics would almost be an afterthought.
No flat-lander big open floor-plans, panoramic doors/ windows over a 12ft span.
You can also see the value of log cabin construction for the budget minded....full logs can carry enormous loads.
Which is why I mentioned storage as an important factor in initial design....It's amazing watching these removal contractors have major issues because they've run out of snow storage. Once it gets to a certain point, they have to truck it out, an incredibly expensive and sometimes even impossible option.The bigger thing is figuring out what to do with all the snow,
That's another thing I was going to bring up, Safe and EASY, hassle free access, if you or a contractor does need to be on a roof in the middle of winter.More to your design, my neighbor who designed his flat roofed house has a big window from a stairway. With a small step ladder, they can easily walk right out to it.
In the summer a sloped driveway doesn't look bad, and I've had people ask why the 10' county snow poles are so tall. From day one I try to get the snow out as far as possible, to the places in the yard that can handle it. And a good snow blower makes that easier, since it can shoot it further. But even a new Honda has problems shooting certain snow more than 30', or up over a 10' snow mound.
Easy, just click edit ( 3 polka dots upper right) and edit the title. Then save.SECOND largest winter now......dont know how to change title. too much to drink to care that much.....
Thanks @Big Ed ......I was clicking the wrong dots......and I havent even started drinking yet.....Easy, just click edit ( 3 polka dots upper right) and edit the title. Then save.
we need to have about 120 more inches to beat the infamous 1952 winter here.Impressive photos!
I guess you had to bite the Bulleit to take those (LOL.)
(Sorry, a rye sense of humour this morning)