Snow Melting Flat Roofs

The nature of flat roofs can cause problems in snowy areas if snow loads are not accounted for. Many flat roofs utilize a built up roofing system, or BUR, consisting of layers of insulation, waterproofing membranes, with a top finish of gravel or crushed stone. These systems are typically heavy on their own, but add a few inches or a foot of snow and that extra weight could cause some serious problems. The average weight of saturated snow per cubic foot is 20 lbs. Allowing snow to accumulate on flat roofs could compromise the structural integrity of the building. Removal of snow can prove difficult with a BUR system because the gravel top layer is not compatible with radiant tubing and it is

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