I guess that saves you from having to go shovel the roof. ;)
The snow cover is a good insulator. In certain areas of the country
the common practice is to have metal roofing for the bottom few feet to
prevent ice damming and the rest of the roof is "sticky" roofing such
as fiberglass shingles to hold on to that desirable insulator.
Opening and closing the doors tends to vibrate the building a little
bit, and that little bit is often the extra little nudge that breaks
the snow loose. Being dumped on by a load of snow quickly loses its
charm. I couldn't tell from the picture for sure, but it looks like
you don't have any snowbirds or other deflector to keep the snow from
falling onto you as you're entering and leaving the building. On
taller buildings, with the snow and ice sheet falling a greater
distance, it can't be a serious hazard. You have low eaves so it
wouldn't be more than a nuisance.
While we're on the topic of winter weather, the NYC area has seen a
miniscule amount of snow so far this winter. I installed a snow
melting system last fall and I was eager to see how the system
performed - but Mother Nature hasn't been cooperating. A couple of
days ago we got a little bit more than a dusting and I was very pleased
to see the walk cleared when I got up in the morning. I celebrated by
going back to bed.
No sidewalks here either, except in town. The system is under the
front walk and runs to the curb. It's electric due to the relatively
small area that's heated - ~250 SF. Hydronic is more involved with
equipment, house heating is steam, and the cost of operation is fairly
minimal. There's an external sensor that kicks the system on when the
contact coil detects precipitation and the temperature is below 39
This is what I use. http://www.warmzone.com/SnowMelting.asp Good
company. Excellent customer service.
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