How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof

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How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof

The winter weather is in full swing. You know what that means. Blizzards and heavy amounts of snow and ice.

Snow, while fun to play in, can do some serious damage to your roof if you allow it to pile up enough. The ice dams it creates can weaken the structural integrity of your roof and eventually cause a cave in if you don’t remove it.

The thing is, if you’re not careful when you remove snow from the roof, you may do more harm than good. That’s why we’re here to walk you through it. Keep reading to learn how to get rid of snow in the safest way possible.

1. Start from the Edge 

You don’t want to attempt to step on the snow that’s built up on your roof. You could slip on ice and fall. That’s why when you’re removing snow, you start from the edges and continue on from there. 

If after clearing off the snow on the edge you still don’t feel confident with getting on the roof, call a professional to handle the rest of the job. 

2. Don’t Use Sharp Tools 

The safest way to remove the snow that’s on the edge of your roof is with a plastic snow tool. Don’t use metal or any other kind of sharp tool for that matter. 

It won’t get the snow off your roof as effectively as the plastic snow tool and it will do more damage.

3. Regular Ladders Won’t Work 

If you have to use a ladder to reach the snow on the edge of your roof, call a professional instead. Climbing a standard ladder in the winter to remove snow is dangerous because the rungs tend to gather ice. 

Professionals have special ladders that are safer for removing ice dams. They also have safety harnesses that can catch them in the event they slip. 

4. Extra Weight is Problematic 

If your roof is already being weighed down by a healthy coating of snow, you don’t want to add to that weight by stepping onto the roof yourself. 

If you step onto the roof and things don’t feel too stable, return to the ground ASAP and call a service to come out and clear the snow. 

5. Talk to a Professional 

Again, professionals are equipped with all the equipment necessary to keep themselves safe during the snow removal job. Chances are your roof isn’t the first one they’ve cleared off so they have experience on their side as well. 

If you don’t feel confident enough to remove snow and ice without falling it’s better to not make the attempt. 

Remove Snow from the Roof Without Hurting Yourself 

When enough snow gathers on top of your roof, ice dams can form. These ice dams have the potential to do tons of structural damage to your roof. You’ll need to remove snow from the roof as soon as you can but without hurting yourself.

While you can make the attempt, if you don’t think you can do it there’s no shame in calling a professional. Protect your roof this winter but do it safely. 

Has the winter weather done a number on your roof? Contact us to get an estimate on our repair services. 

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