Removing Snow from the Roof: The Dos & Don’ts


Snowfall is right around the corner and soon you will be breaking out the shovels. Not only should you be shoveling your driveway, but your roof as well. Too much snow sitting atop your roof can cause structural damage, eventually leading to leaks, water damage, and possible a caved-in roof. When attempting to remove snow from your roof, there are a few rules you should follow.


  • When attempting to remove snow from a pitched roof, use a snow rake.
  • When attempting to remove snow from a flat roof, shovel the snow off the side of the roof.
  • Always start from the edge and work your way inwards.
  • If the shovel or roof rake is made of metal, be aware of any power lines and cables that could be close by.
  • Cleaning a roof off completely may cause damage to the roof from constant scraping with the snow removal tool.


  • Do not use a ladder to get to roof level due to the ease of slipping and falling.
  • Do not go on top of your roof unless it is a completely flat roof.
  • Do not use open flames or electrical devices to try and melt the snow.
  • Do not try to dislodge any ice dams because they can damage your home and possibly yourself.

By following these snow removal guidelines you can protect your roof from the dangers of the snow. When your roof becomes a victim to mother nature, be sure to call on the pros at Preferred Exterior. Our expert roofers will repair any damage that your roof sustains this winter. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.

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