There’s nothing prettier than a row of snow covered roof tops. But, you can get too much of a good thing, and we’re not just talking excess holiday treats. The new year has begun, and it’s time to start shaking off those extra pounds, and by that, we mean the extra pounds of snow on your Colorado rooftops. As with anything else in life, there’s a right way and a wrong way to remove the snow from your roof. Let’s go over the Do’s and Don’ts, shall we?
Factors that affect how your roof handles snow loads
When it comes to “how much snow is too much”, there’s no simple answer. Many factors can play a part in any amount of snow causing damage. The slope of your roof, the strength of your roof, the structure of your roof, the insulation of your roof, the age of your roof, the installation of your roof, etc.
Old snow vs. new snow is also a factor. The longer you allow snow to sit on your roof, the more it packs down, and the more it weighs on your roof. All of a sudden a few feet of lovely white snow becomes quite a burden for your roof, so it’s best to grab the ol’ roof rake and carefully remove the snow from your roof. Even Colorado mountain homes with strong roofs to account for the heavy winter snowfall could still need a good raking. Why burden your roof more than necessary? The more proactive you are at protecting your roof, the longer your roof will protect you and your home.
So, DO rake your roof regularly! About every 6-12” of snow.
Be careful not to damage shingles or gutters while removing snow from your roof
One of the big DON’Ts is using salt products, chemicals, or heating cables to melt the snow from your rooftop. Salt and chemicals will just ruin your shingles, and subsequently your plants, bushes, and grass as it slides off your roof with the melting snow.
Heating cables are simply not worth the bother, and might just melt the snow unevenly, and if the it begins to melt the snow while the temperature is still freezing, all you are going to do is start the ice dam process, and that is precisely what we are trying to avoid.
DON’T get aggressive with hard, old, compacted snow. If the rake doesn’t do the trick, don’t start to muscle the snow away with tougher equipment, like shovels or any other metal tools. All you’re going to do is damage your shingles and roofing materials leaving the door (or should we say roof) open to water penetration and everything that follows.
DO be careful not to tear down overhanging power cables, so make sure you have a good grip on your roof rake before you start swinging it around over your head and removing the snow.
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If you remove the snow regularly, there’s no reason this isn’t a job you can take care of yourself, but if you run into any trouble, give us a call, and we’ll be there in a flash to get your all fixed up again.