One of the ways that many homeowners prevent damage to their property in the winter is by removing snow from their rooftops. Knowing when you should try to remove snow and whether or not it's safe to do it on your own can help you get the job done right.
When should you try to get snow off your roof this winter?
A lot of the time, snow will stay safely on your roof and melt off naturally without creating problems. You should try to get the snow off your roof when some or all of the following things are true:
- Your home's roof has a history of forming ice dams over the course of the winter.
- Icicles have formed on your gutters and/or the eaves of your roof.
- Your home has been hit with several unusually heavy snow storms and the snow outside is deep and wet.
- Your home has been showing signs of strain under the weight of the snow. Doors in your house may be jamming or you may hear cracking and popping noises coming from the attic.
- You've heard reports on the news that homes or businesses in your area are in danger of collapsing from the weight of snow on their rooftops.
Can snow be removed as a DIY project?
Many homeowners are able to get the snow down themselves with a snow rake. A snow rake is a long-handled tool that will drag snow off of the roof and onto the ground. Do not attempt to use the rake while standing on the roof. Keep pets and kids out of the yard while using the snow rake to avoid accidents.
How can you tell if you should hire a roofing contractor to remove the snow from your roof?
You should hire a contractor to get the snow off your roof if you can't reach the snow from the ground, or if your roof is so steep that your snow rake won't reach the upper levels of the roof. Remember, raking the bottom half of the roof won't help you prevent ice dams.
You should also hire a roofing contractor if your roof is showing signs of strain as described above. If your roof is having trouble supporting the weight of the snowfall in your area, this is an indication that your roof is not structurally sound and needs more care than a DIYer is able to give.
For more information, contact an experienced and reputable roofing contractor in your area.