We are once again in a part of the season where freezing rain is a potential threat.
The freezing rain itself is not the threat, even if there is a lot, since at a certain point, if there is enough ice, it would become self supporting
Where the potential risk comes, if the temperature would fall and the ice would really freeze to the cover, snow would not be able to slide off the structure. To prevent this from happening, take a few minutes to gently bump the cover to remove the ice.
To prevent this from happening, take a few minutes to gently bump the cover to remove the ice.
The critical thing to remember when bumping the cover is to ALWAYS start at the top and work down. This way the lower ice will “protect” the cover when the higher ice is sliding down.
The sooner this process is done, the smaller the job will actually be.
These buildings are not industrial grade shelters and, as such, some caution must be exercised under some winter storm conditions….
Snow removal, when occasionally required, is a simple task. Uneven snow loading is deceiving, since the total weight is not a problem but the lateral force can cause the hoops to distort.It is rare to have any significant snow build up on the roofs; however,
A wet snowfall followed by dropping temperatures
A building 90° to another building that has a higher roof, could cause a surge in snow weight when the snow on the upper roof slides off.
Preventative measures for excessive snow build up (where possible):
Install a heat source to melt the snow
Economical additions to increase your structure’s snow resistance:
Use closer hoop spacing for the first 12’ section away from another bigger building
Pointers for removing snow:
Use a padded piece of 1×4 wood on a pole (create a “T” shape) as the best tool for gently bumping the inside of the cover
Freezing rain, followed by dropping temperatures, Lots of snow followed by rainfall. It is easy to triple the weight of the snow load in 30 minutes.