Dos and Don’ts of Roof Snow Removal

Snow on your roof may look pretty, but it can damage it. When the snow starts falling, it’s essential to remove it correctly to protect your roof and your home. As the snow piles up on the roof, the weight of the snow will start to damage the roof, and it can damage the structure of your home, too.

Even though snow looks light and fluffy, it can be deceptively heavy, especially when there is a lot of it. Professional roofers swear by these dos and don’ts to remove snow from roofs safely:

The Do’s of Removing Snow From A Roof

  • DO start at the outer edge of the roof when you remove snow and work into the center of the roof from the edge. That gives you an easy exit route if you need one, and you will be taking the weight off the snow off the edge of the roof so that you have room to get rid of the snow from the center.
  • DO remember that any tools you use to remove snow from the roof could also damage the roof or interfere with powerlines or tree branches close to the roof. Don’t use metal tools that could crack or break shingles. Never use metal tools if there are power lines near the roof because metal conducts electricity.
  • DO use plastic tools like a snow rake or other specialty snow removal tools for pitched roofs.
  • DO remove snow promptly. Snow can build up on fire escapes, emergency exits, drains, gutters, and ventilation openings very quickly, and that can cause damage to your home as well as health and safety hazards.
  • DO contact a professional roofing company to remove snow for you if you are afraid of heights, don’t have great balance, or have other conditions that could make removing snow from the roof dangerous for you.

The Don’ts of Rooftop Snow Removal

  • DON’T attempt to remove heavy snow or layers of ice from your roof by yourself. When a winter storm drops inches or feet of heavy wet snow or creates layers of ice on the roof, it’s always best to have a professional roofer come remove the snow and ice. Safety first.
  • DON’T use sharp tools to remove snow from your roof. Use the right tools for the job; don’t just grab a hoe, metal pole, or whatever is handy in the garage. You could be hit with some hefty repair bills for damage to the roof if you use the wrong tools.
  • Don’t try to melt the snow or ice from your roof with heat or flames. Never use hair dryers, heat guns, or other devices like that to try and melt the snow. You will only end up creating ice on your roof when the snow melts and then freezes.
  • Don’t use a regular household ladder to get on the roof. Standard ladders can become icy and cause you to fall. Call a professional roofer or use a professional-grade roofing ladder before trying to remove snow from a roof.

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Don’t take chances with your safety or your roof. To protect yourself and your home, call Doing It Right today. The professional roofers at Doing It Right can remove the snow and ice from your roof quickly and safely.

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