The roof of your home is meant to handle most types of weather conditions as long as it’s properly installed and maintained. An inch or so of snow won’t put your home in harm’s way, but more than just a few inches could have some damaging effects. Instead of heading up to the roof with a shovel, here’s what you should do to remove the snow from your roof.
How Snow Can Damage Your Roof
When a new roof is installed on a home, it’s required by code to be able to hold the maximum amount of snow that is expected in that region of the country. However, poor installation, lack of maintenance, heavy wet snow, and a bizarre amount of snow accumulation can cause a roof to sag and possibly even cave in. If you hear constant creaking sounds coming from your roof, the weight of the snow and ice might be too much for your roof to handle.
The Ice Dams Cometh
Not only do you have to worry about snow causing your roof to sag, but also having ice dams form. When the snow on your roof melts due to an improperly insulated and ventilated attic, the water can drain down your roof and refreeze before it ever drips off. These ice dams can damage shingles, gutters, and the structure of your roof. The best way to prevent ice dams is to make sure your roof is cleared of snow (and that your attic is properly insulated and ventilated).
Removing Snow From the Roof
The best way to remove snow from your roof is with a roof rake. This tool will allow a homeowner to adjust the length of it for their roof height and rake most of the snow off. Removing all of the snow from your roof isn’t always possible, which is why hiring a professional is the best removal option. Hiring a pro will also lower your chances of damaging your roof shingles during the removal process.
Removing snow from your roof is recommended when there are more than a few inches of accumulation. If your roof has been damaged due to snow or ice, contact the expert installers from Preferred Exterior. To learn more, or to schedule a free estimate, give us a call at (516) 354-7252.