Home and business owners usually take care to remove snow from driveways and walkways after a snow storm. But, another area to keep an eye on is the amount of snow collecting on your roof.
While your roof is most likely capable of handling the snow received during an average winter, there can be situations where above average snow or extra heavy snow. It's a good idea to keep an eye on the amount of snow accumulating and consider taking preventative steps to remove snow to prevent ice dams and avoid collapse.
While tempuratures above freezing and sun are often all that's needed to clear your roof, you might want to help process along by clearing some of the snow yourself.
- If you have a sloped roof, you can often use a special roof rake tool to clear snow while standing on the ground. It's important to use proper tools designed for the task so that you don't damage asphalt shingles and roofing. Clearing the snow after each snow storm helps reduce the weight and can also help prevent ice dams.
- If you have a flat roof, be extremely careful if trying to remove snow. Working from roof heights is dangerous and a fall cause serious injury or death. Snow and ice on a roof make the situation is even more dangerous. It may be wise to call a professional for assistance.
- When tempuratures are rising, make sure that your gutters and downspouts are clear to help water from melting snow quickly be disbursed.