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There are really two reasons to rake a roof (snow weight and ice dams), and there are two reasons not to rake (effort and roofing damage). Raking to reduce snow weight If you're concerned that the weight of accumulated snow will exceed load design limits, by all means pull some snow off. You don't want a collapse. This is a rare situation in northern ...


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You should not be touching your shingles when raking. If you have 5" on roof you don't need to touch it. If you have 24" on roof you don't need to rake the last two inches. Also rake in the early morning so sunlight helps distribute water/ice better. There isn't general advice to give because it is dependent on the amount of snow on your roof,...


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As others have said, whether to rake or not depends on your circumstances. See the picture: I have a steep poorly insulated roof over my home that extends out over an unheated garage and becomes more shallow there. Snow melts on the steep part and water flows down under the snow to the unheated shallower roof where it refreezes and forms a dam anywhere on ...


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I'd say it has guttering… but perhaps nowhere to go. The moulding round the top edge certainly looks gutter-shaped, it has sealed corners, all very 'guttery'. What it doesn't seem to have is a fall-pipe, so it will either just fill up if those gutter-ends are sealed, or pee down onto the paving if they're not. It also seems designed that the rear face is ...


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My house is framed similarly, mid 1950's. No I would not remove any of the "temporary" supports you've pointed out. Like you said, the vertical ones are to help support the ridge board and keep it from sagging. I have those in my attic also, and have even doubled up on some of them. The long diagonal board is to keep the gabled end of the roof, ...


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I would not. That's a very lightly-constructed roof by modern standards. Those "beams" are little more than stiffeners--the roofing boards are carrying most of the load over their much shorter span. By themselves the beams are not up to the task of spanning that distance with any integrity. In my judgement any load, even static, of 100 lbs. will ...


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Your guess may be correct. From what I can see from the photo the valley flashing doesn't appear to extend all the way down the pitched roof (although that may be from the angle it was taken). What it also can be from is the chimney above the flashing. Flashing chimneys is extremely detailed work and must be done properly. Extend the valley flashing if ...


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I wouldn't want to un-nail the bottom row of shingles because the second row could easily be damaged and now you'd have a roof leak. Bending the flashing might work but if you bend it too much, you'll never straighten it back right. Removing the gutter, or removing enough fasteners to slip the gutter under the flashing would be the best, do it right, option.....


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I am not a roofer, (although I have worked on roofs before) but recently did replaced my bathroom fan and from the information I gathered (much like you) the issue is that the air is rising, hot and full of moisture which will go back into the soffit. How much of a problem that is, it's hard to know since this commonly done that way (because of how much ...


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I would say NO. That's just the answer for the outside part. The part connect to your house... I don't know because I can't see. Gutter have downspouts and openings, this does not. You aren't giving the great up close picture so I am generalizing. It could be a gutter that is very very very custom, but that's a 1%. You don't really need a gutter on it -...


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Whether to rake the snow off the roof or not depends on temperature during the day, the time it will take the snow to melt and when the next snowstorm is expected. At my house in the Berkshires, Western MA, one year we had so much snow on the roof and extremely low temps that we got an ice dam. Had to hire someone to clear the roof. This required clearing ...


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Your roof has Osb sheathing for a deck. This particular roof has used Osb that has a foil overlay on the underside that theoretically blocks some radiant heat from entering the structure. Repairs and re roofing would proceed as with any roof on OSB. https://lpcorp.com/products/panels-sheathing/radiant-barrier


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Powered attic exhaust fans sound like it would be an sure way to keep your attic from becoming an oven in the summer. But unless your attic is completely draft free and sealed from the living space below running an attic fan will increase your electric bill and increase the cooling load on your HVAC (cooling). When the attic fan runs it is pulling air from ...


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