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Rooftop Snow Removal
Removing Snow from your Roof Safely
Living in Minnesota, we often use our time and energy to clear off driveways, sidewalks, and entry areas of snow during the winter. When your focus is on just getting the task done, it’s easy to forget about the snow that is constantly piling up on your rooftop. Too much snow and ice on your roof can lead to a number of problems such as leaks, roof collapse, ice damming, and more.
These problems impose the threat of costly repairs and safety hazards that may require removing the excess snow from your roof. Here are a few tips on how to safely remove snow from your rooftop.
1. Know When It’s Time for Snow Removal
Building codes usually require rooftops to be designed and built to withstand massive amounts of weight from snow. As long as the snow is light and not too heavy, your home is in the clear. It’s important to note that the weight of the snow matters more than the depth. Dry and powdery snow is lighter and less likely to cause damage compared to wet snow which is a lot heavily. Furthermore, don’t let the snow pile too high. It’s better to remove the snow more frequently than wait until all of the snow has accumulated. When the snow layers on your roof, you may end up with ice layers under the snow layers, making snow removal more hazardous.
2. Use Proper Snow Removal Tools
The best method to removing snow yourself is using a snow rake (pictured above). A snow rake will allow you to remove snow as far up on the roof as possible without being on the roof which helps prevent ice damming, one of the biggest problems caused by a snowy roof. When using a snow rake be careful not to clog up the gutters or downspouts with snow. Also, you should knock down any icicles hanging from the eaves.
3. On-Roof Snow Removal
If you do choose to remove the snow off your roof while being on the roof, do so in the safest way possible. To prevent falls and stay as safe as possible, use ladders and any means of fall protection equipment to ensure your safety. When you have guaranteed your safety on the roof the next thing to keep in mind is to use a plastic shovel. Metal shovels, ice picks, and other sharp objects should never be used to remove snow from your roof.
4. Hire a Snow Removal Expert
The most effective and safest way to remove snow off of your roof is to hire professionals to clear it for you. Snow removal professionals use professional-grade tools and equipment that will help get the snow off of your roof in the safest and most secure way.