Having too much snow on your roof can put the structure under quite a bit of stress, and it could eventually cause damage to the roof. While it might not cave in, at least not right away, it can still create damage that could cause leaks later. Therefore, whenever there is a substantial amount of snow up on your roof, you will want to remove it sooner rather than later. This is especially true with wet snow, which is extremely heavy and can cause damage to the roof in a relatively short period.
However, many may not know what they should do if they need to remove snow from their own roof. It will often depend on the size of the home and the style of roof that you have.
Tips for Removing Snow
Those who have smaller one-story homes can often get the snow off the roof on their own. If you have the right tools – long-handled shovels and rakes in this case – then you should be able to remove the snow while you are still safe on the ground. There are rakes for snow that have telescoping handles that can accommodate different roof heights.
Some of the tools will allow you to pull the snow off the roof, while others can be slipped between the roof and the snow to allow the weight of the snow and gravity to help it slide right off the roof.
You can often remove the snow on your own in this manner, but you are not going to want to get up onto the roof to remove it. The danger of slipping and falling is simply going to be too great if you were to try this.
You always want to remain as safe as possible, of course. This means that you will want to think about where the snow and the ice is going to fall when you remove it. You want to make sure that you are not going to be pulling any of the snow and ice down on yourself, children, pets, or items that you might have below the roof. If you are going to need to remove a large amount of snow, then you might want to put some plywood up in front of the windows, just to keep them safe from any falling debris.
Also, it is important to keep in mind that you do not have to remove every bit of visible snow from the top of the roof. You should only be concerned with getting off the bulk of the snow, as this is going to reduce the weight and load that the roof has to bear.
Choosing the Right Snow and Ice Removal Service
Roof Top Snow and Ice Removal Prevent Accidents and Major Damage to Your Structure. A professional roof snow removal service will help keep your residential and commercial property safe to use throughout the winter season. Accumulating snow increases the risk of ice dams, roof damage and leaks as well as injuries from ice falling on your loved ones and other people walking by. You might consider clearing the roof yourself but this could do more harm than good as snow and ice removal is a highly specialized and dangerous job.
Benefits of Professional Roof Snow Removal Services
- Protects your roof, property and you: Removing snow and ice from the roof is risky business. Without the right tools and experience, you could damage the roofing system or worse still, fall and injure yourself. Our professional snow and ice removal service have trained personnel and the right equipment to get the job done efficiently, correctly and safely.
- Reduces your liabilities: Snow and ice create slippery conditions which typically bring the risk of accidents and injuries not only to property occupants but visitors as well. An experienced snow and ice removal service will reduce the likelihood of these accidents and your liabilities.
- Gives you peace of mind: You will have peace of mind knowing that your roof will be cleared of snow and ice in time, this minimizing the risk of expensive repairs and early roof replacement as well as any injuries from falling snow and ice.
- Preserve your roof’s lifespan: Snow and ice buildup can damage your shingles, gutters and building structure (by causing leaks in your attic, ceiling and walls). It may also block attic ventilation and result in unnecessarily high utility bills. Keeping your roof clear of snow and ice helps minimize winter damage and prolongs its use while improving your comfort and energy efficiency.
Should You Consider Hiring a Professional?
The professionals will have all of the equipment and gear that they need to remove the snow. Even though you will have to pay for the professional to remove the snow from the roof, they can do it easier than you could on your own, and they can do it faster. They have experience working with different types of roofs, and they can make sure that they are doing so safely. Those who have large roofs and who do not want to bother with all of the shovelling on their own will want to seriously consider hiring the professionals.
We take great care to make sure your roof is not damaged in any way during the clearing process. Our staff is prompt, professional and efficient, ensuring your complete satisfaction with the work we do.
We provide cost-saving, long-term solutions and advise you on precautions you can take to reduce ice buildup on your roof. You can also protect it from snow and water damage by having us install a waterproof underlayment beneath the shingles.
To protect your roof and building structure from damage, hire our expert snow and ice removal service this winter.