Getting snow off of a roof can be a challenge for those owning a house for the first time. Here are tips on how to remove snow from roofs correctly and safely.
Rooftop snow removal is an important but often overlooked part of winter home maintenance. If snow is allowed to build up, it can place stress on the roof and walls of your home. Once the temperature warms up, it can also begin to leak into your attic and flood your gutters and garden.
Fortunately, there are a few dos (and don’ts!) that you can follow to make removing snow from your roof a super simple process.
Best Methods Of Rooftop Snow Removal
Removing snow from your roof can be dangerous since the weight of falling snow and ice can be substantial. Follow the below tips to reduce the risk to both yourself and your roof.
Hands down, the best way to get the snow off of your roof is to use a long-handled snow rake. These are special, lightweight plastic rakes that are much longer than regular rakes, allowing you to easily move them over the surface of your roof and clear away snow and ice.
Do It Regularly
Just like shoveling the driveway, the best way to keep your roof clear is to clear it on a regular basis. While it may be unpleasant going outside while it’s still snowing, clearing a small amount of snow a few times is much easier and safer than clearing a huge pile just once.
What Not To Do
Of course, there are a few things that you should avoid to minimize the risk of injuring yourself or damaging your roof.
Don’t Use Shovels And Other Metal Tools
You should stay away from metal snow shovels or other gardening tools. These items are too tough and durable for use on your roof, and can quickly rip through your shingles. While you may not notice an issue straight away, a small hole in your roof can turn into a larger leak once the snow starts melting in the spring.
Don’t Get On The Roof
Being on top of your roof is always risky, but it’s downright dangerous in the winter. Ice and snow are slippery, and without a harness, it’s very likely that you or the ladder that you’re on will fall over – and don’t expect the snow on the ground to cushion your fall. The added weight you place on the roof can also damage your shingles and their supports.
You should always work on the ground when clearing snow and ice from the roof – and make sure that someone knows where you are and what you’re doing!
Consider Professional Rooftop Snow Removal
If your roof is particularly large, and if you don’t feel safe clearing it off yourself, consider hiring a professional rooftop snow removal company. They’ll have the tools and expertise on how to properly clear your roof to minimize the risk of damage. If you’re in Colorado, Anderson Builders has the experience you are looking for.
For more information about roof maintenance, contact us today!