It’s that time of year again when we have to watch out for snowstorms and blizzards. Left to accumulate and sit on the roof for too long, ice dams may form and this combined with the weight of the snow can cause significant structural damage.
Before trying to remove snow from your roof, here’s what you should consider:
- The roof’s pitch – Flat or shallow-pitched roofs have a greater chance of incurring damage from snow. This is because snow tends to accumulate on such roofs over time and sit in the same spot, increasing the chance of damage. With flat roofs, the snow may melt and the resulting water can accumulate and freeze, leading to even more damage.
- The density of the snow – Snow isn’t the same and wet, heavy snow tends to pack more weight than light and powdery flakes.
- The snow’s distribution – wind normally pushes snow around and knowing this beforehand can help you plan how to start removing it. For instance, wind may push snow where the roof’s pitch meets an exterior wall, causing it to accumulate there.
Tips on Safely Removing Snow from Your Roof
Roofs are normally built to withstand normal amounts of snowfall but this depends on the materials used and the design of the roof. Removing snow from your roof may seem simple but this is a task that can turn dangerous, leading to serious falls and injuries. If possible, call in the professionals for a roofing inspection and see if you can arrange for the snow to be removed by professionals. If you do decide to tackle the job yourself, keep this in mind:
Start from the edge and work towards the eaves.
- The best method to use in removing snow is to start working from the roof’s edge and work your way towards the eaves.
Use the correct tools for the job.
- Using sharp metal tools can cause damage to the shingles. They may even cause an electric shock if they come into contact with any electric wires. To minimize this, ensure you use a snow rake or other tools designed for the job.
Remove snow from critical areas first.
- As you remove the snow, make sure you leave emergency exits, fire escapes, vent openings, and drain downspouts clear.
Work from the ground as much as possible.
- For much-needed safety and stability as you remove snow, work while standing on the ground. Choose tools that allow you to take advantage of gravity to slide the snow off the roof and ensure that you stand well clear of the snow.
Roof snow removal can be tricky and taxing and if you’re not sure about what to do, it’s best to leave the job to roofing professionals. If you have this and other roofing problems you’d like handled, get in touch with Christian Brothers Roofing. We’ve provided exemplary roofing services to Georgia residents for years and our work speaks for itself. Get in touch today and let’s help you with your roofing needs.