Roof Snow Removal
Why is it important to remove snow off my roof?
Removing snow from your roof prevents ice dams from forming. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that usually builds at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow from draining correctly and forces water to make its way through the shingles and into your home.
Let's look at a few essential factors to think about when it comes to snow and your roof.
1. Heating Cables
Heating cables can be an excellent tool to help prevent ice damming. Available at most home retailers, these can be purchased at a low cost and installed prior to the winter season. Heating cables should be positioned near roof vents and alongside gutters. Connecting them with an off-on switch can help your energy bill as they don't need to be on during warmer times of the season.
2. Signs Your Roof Has Too Much Snow
Some times it can be hard to judge how much snow is on our roof. Some signs that may indicate you have too much snow on your roof include:
- Sagging ceiling tiles
- Popping or cracking noises
- Interior doors that can no longer open
- Cracks in walls
- and most importantly severe roof leaks
If you determine that your roof does indeed have too much snow on it, you have two options.
- Purchase a snow rake to remove snow off your roof safely. Snow rakes have telescoping handles, are lightweight, and have a 21ft reach. Never climb on the roof to remove the snow. Snow rakes are designed to be used from the ground and avoid the danger of falling off the roof. When using a snow rake, start at the edge of your roof and work your way in, be cautious about leaving a few inches of snow to avoid damaging your singles. Remember, your goal is not to remove all the snow but remove the burden from the roof and prevent ice damming.
- In some cases, a snow rake won't cut it for the job, and the best decision you can make as a homeowner is to call in a professional. Roof snow removal services are an additional cost but can help prevent much larger bills down the road when you consuider the cost to fix a collapsed roof or a significant leak.
We hope these tips help keep your home free of damage this winter season but rest assured if an issue does arise, we will be there to help you get back on your feet.