Never underrate the load caused by snow and ice on your roof!

Is your roof still safe? Still too little attention is paid to snow loads on roofs. The collapse of Bad Reichenhall's skating rink in 2006 was just the beginning, to be followed by numerous other disasters. The real snow load does by no means depend on snow depth only. The main factors instead are the nature and structure of individual snow layers. The load may vary considerably due to differing consistencies of individual layers like ice, wet- or powdery snow, to which rain and melt water must be added. Extreme weather conditions are on the rise and so are the risks of exceeding roof loads. In particular, premises of older building fabric or structures carrying additional loads like photovoltaic systems are especially vulnerable.

By applying our snowcontrol snow load measuring system, roof loads can be monitored conveniently from the office desk or via cell phone.

 

Snow load zones in Germany

DGUV recommend
permanent monitoring

Crucial for forecasting snow loads is the building's location. Therefore, Germany is sectioned in various snow load zones, representing the snow intensities for every specific region. Still, many premises of older building fabric do not comply with the latest requirements. Flat roofs in particular are potentially at risk due to exceeding snow loads.

The Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung DGUV too, emphasize in their information paper DGUV information 212-002 "snow removal on roof areas", that only a multitude of measurement points guarantees for realistic figures of snow load conditions on a flat roof.

 

Schneeräumung auf Dachflächen

The new DGUV information 212-002 "Snow removal on roof areas" is published in order to assist companies with snow removal issues. Moreover, it contains guidelines for potential snowfall scenarios in regard to the planning of building structures, operation of premises and snow removal contracting.

DGUV information 212-002 "snow removal on roof areas"

Snow load zones in Germany

Crucial for forecasting snow loads is the building's location. Therefore, Germany is sectioned in various snow load zones, representing the snow intensities for every specific region. Still, many premises of older building fabric do not comply with the latest requirements. Flat roofs in particular are potentially at risk due to exceeding snow loads.

DGUV recommend permanent monitoring

The Deutsche Gesetzliche Unfallversicherung DGUV too, emphasize in their information paper DGUV information 212-002 "snow removal on roof areas", that only a multitude of measurement points guarantees for realistic figures of snow load conditions on a flat roof.

Schneeräumung auf Dachflächen

The new DGUV information 212-002 "Snow removal on roof areas" is published in order to assist companies with snow removal issues. Moreover, it contains guidelines for potential snowfall scenarios in regard to the planning of building structures, operation of premises and snow removal contracting.

DGUV information 212-002 "snow removal on roof areas"