Safely Removing Snow from your Rooftop

Allowing too much snow to accumulate on top of your home can be both dangerous and can lead to potential damage to your roof or gutters.

Did you know that an average flurry-like snow can weigh 15 pounds per cubic foot, and compacted snow can weigh up to twenty pounds per cubic foot?

When the snow starts weighing down on your roof, things can get nasty fast. That’s why we’ve written a guide just for you about safely removing snow from your rooftop.

“Why Remove the Snow?”

You might be wondering what the big deal is about making sure you aren’t putting unnecessary weight on your roof when it comes to snow. Well, the biggest reason why it’s so important to remove heavy snowfall is that it’s crucial to the life of your home not to allow ice dams to form on your roof. You don’t want there to be a roof collapse and the inside of your home to be damaged, and ice dams are a leading cause of this when it comes to snow.

“How Will I know When a Snow Removal is Necessary?”

So the question comes to mind about when is a good time to get snow removed from the roof? Most people will tell you to have your roof cleared of snow every six or seven inches, but it really depends on how heavy or wet the snow was when it fell and collected.

A slushy snow will typically weigh more than a light fluffy snow. But a good rule of thumb is to get it cleared every six or eight inches. Whatever you do, just don’t be this guy…..

too much snow on a roof

“How Should I Remove Snow From My Roof?”

The tool that you use to clear a roof will change depending on what type of roof you have and how large it is, as well as the overall size of the house.

Roof raking is typically a year-round task that a homeowner will have to take care of when snow begins to gather on their rooftop. It can be the best thing that can be done for a roof that is experiencing only a few inches of snow, or even whole snowdrifts. Make sure when it comes to your snowy roof that you’re being extra careful to be certain you’re clearing the overhangs.

Roof overhangs are very weak and thus more prone to making a roof cave in or even just the overhang coming apart due to the sheer weight and strain.

A shovel is typically used when the weight or amount of snow is too much for a roof rake.

Do remember if you plan to shovel your roof yourself, don’t shovel too frequently. Why? Because each time you shovel your roof, the shovel is removing important tiny granules that are very important to the overall life of the roof.

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