Removing Snow from Your Roof

Being snowed in for one day may be fun. However, removing snow from your roof becomes necessary when snow accumulates for several days. Any extreme weather can cause serious damage to a property. When snow accumulates on your roof in large amounts, it can lead to the creation of ice dams. These can cause severe structural problems on a property. But, before you climb up there to do the job, read these useful tips for roof snow removal.

  • Know When to Remove Snow from the Roof

You don’t have to remove snow from your roof the moment it starts to accumulate. Remember that building codes stipulate that roofs should be designed and built in ways that enable them to withstand significant snow weight. Thus, your roof will not collapse because of the weight of average or above average snow. Although you will be concerned when a significant amount of snow accumulates on the roof, snow weight matters than depth. Powdery, dry snow is lighter than wet, heavy snow. Therefore, pay attention to the local weather forecast to know the expected amounts of snowfall and the kind of snow to expect. If unsure, pick up snow from the ground with a shovel to know the snow type you are dealing with.


  • Get the Right Tools

Experts recommend the use of a roof rake to remove snow from the roof. A shovel should only be used when removing wet, heavy snow from the roof. Essentially, only large amounts of hardened snow should be removed with a shovel. When you use a snow rake to remove snow from the roof, you don’t have to climb the ladder. That’s particularly so when removing snow from a one story building.

There are also rakes that allow users to add extension poles thereby enabling them to reach overhangs of roofs in two-story buildings. Nevertheless, you should contact professionals to remove it for you if a rake is unable to do the job.

  • Use the Right Technique

Removing snow from your roof is not easy. In fact, if you don’t do this job right, you will injure yourself in the process or damage your roof if you use the wrong snow removal techniques or tools. That means you can open up the roof to other problems if you don’t do this job right. One of the best ways to protect your roof from damage during snow removal is choosing a rake that has a bumper or small wheels. This ensures that the rake doesn’t scrap shingles.

If such a rake is not available, use a plastic shovel or rake. This will not cause the damage that a metal rake can cause. Also start from the overhangs of the roof and work towards its peak. Clear about one foot of the snow on your roof at a time. Trying to clear a significant amount of snow at a go will lead to packing it. This will make it heavier and difficult to clear.

Follow these tips to do the job right and ensure safety while removing snow from your roof.