When is it necessary to remove snow from your roof? Home improvement experts say that determining snow removal has nothing to do with the depth of snow on your roof, it has to do with the weight. The good news is that roofs must legally be able to withstand the heaviest amounts of snow for that particular part of the country, but we all know weather is unpredictable.
Determining if you should call in the roofing experts:
1. Is this dry, fluffy snow or wet, heavy snow?
Wet, heavy snow is much more detrimental to a roof than the fluffy snow, even though the fluffy snow looks more dense. An easy way to determine this is attempting to shovel some snow off the ground. If that’s difficult to do, it’s probably wet snow.
2. Are the interior walls sticky?
Once the interior walls and doors begin to stick due to excessive condensation, we know there is enough snow on the roof to distort the door frame. Examining distortions in the wall paper and dry wall can also help determine this. Remember: Improper removal of load bearing walls are most responsible for roof collapses, so pay extra attention if you’ve had this done in your home.
3. You’ve determined there is too much snow, now what?
The most important thing to remember here once you’ve determined there is too much snow on your roof is: Do not attempt to remove the snow yourself. Roofs are not readily accessible, making this a very dangerous job for someone not trained. Contact your closets snow removal contractor, making sure they’re licenses and insured sets them apart from inexperienced snow removal contractors. They have special gear to safely and effectively remove the snow from your roof.
Remember that the goal here is not to remove all the snow and ice from your roof, but the excessive snow and ice causing the problem. If you have a roof where you can safely remove snow and ice while standing on the ground, a long-handled snow rake could work for you as a DIY option.
Make sure to check your local weather channel when snow and ice is expected. Most weather stations give us information about how much snow is coming, the type of snow coming, and some more preparation tips to ensure safety.