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snow load is 215.65 pounds per square foot.
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Yes, snow load is for roofs...that would be a flat roof, if you have a steeply pitched roof the snow will slide off before it reaches that level.... also let us say that the roof is pitched 45 degrees F, exactly half of the snow load would transmit to the bearing walls... leaving only ~157 psf on the roof itself,
The finer details will have to do with the shape of the roof as well as the pitch, this is what architects hire structural engineers to do.
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Here at Just Answer we just answer questions in this case, what is the published snow load in your area. You have that answer. If however you would like me to put my 55 years of experience to work for you, and assist you in various ways to legally avoid the structural engineering expense, the rate my snow load answer positively and I will see what I can do for you.
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Thanks, ***** ***** is a lot more engineering that goes into a roof structural load calculation.... its a specialist sort of issue with expensive and specific software required to input all of the various factors well beyond pitch and materials, there are all sorts of other issues such as the interplay of spans, and bearing walls unique to every situation. I do not have that software, nor the local licensing required to do such calculations even if I did have the software.
There is a way around it in some cases, for instance use of pre-engineered building structure... all that would be part of the design, and available through the person selling such a set of plans as for example anyone building tract homes... for a custom home, the local building department officials will want the calculations for every 2 x 4 in the house so to speak. all that work is light years beyond what Just Answer was set up to do, we just answer questions here but are not a substitute for extensive professional services requiring local presence and local licensing.
You had asked about snow load... fortunately however I was able to answer that question. Good luck with your project.