No one can deny that the result is nothing short of a picturesque wonderland when the snow falls. However, the beautiful winter scene can soon become a problem when the snow begins to melt and refreeze, placing undue stress on your roof and causing eventual issues.

Several factors go into the amount of snow and ice your roof is capable to supporting and sustaining—factors such as roof type, the age and condition of the roof, and the overall structure.  The standard rule of thumb is if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow has accumulated on your roof, you will need to look into having it removed.

Making sure to clear the snow from your roof and its gutters can prevent damage down the road.  Making sure to clear back as much as three to four feet will not only lessen the weight load on your roof, but also prevent the forming of ice dams.  Using a ladder to clear the snow is not suggested, as it can prove extremely hazardous. It is best to call upon professionals for a job such as this.

Flat Roofs

If you have access to your flat roof from the interior of your home, such as with a staircase, you can shovel the snow from your roof.  Take care not to damage any shingles or tiles that are present. Ensure you have adequate access to the roof area and that a safe distance is maintained from the edges as well. If you need more confidence in clearing your roof, call a professiona lto do the job for you.

Sloped Roofs

When it comes to removing snow from a sloped roof, the best choice is the use of a roof rake.  A roof rake is a tool with a long handle designed for this specific purpose. The rake will allow you to stand safely on the ground while using the rake to pull as much of the snow and ice off the roof and gutters as you possibly can.

Snow Removal Tips

If you are determined to take on the task of removing the snow from your roof yourself, a few snow removal tips can prove safe and effective.

-         Partner up – there is no denying that when it comes to removing the snow and ice from your roof it can be a hazardous task.  Your best option is to have help in the form of a partner who can look out for areas not in your immediate view and who can call for help should an emergency arise.

-         Make a plan and prepare – it's not uncommon for individuals to experience weather-related ailments such as frostbite, hypothermia, or even cardiac arrest while exerting themselves in the harsh winter elements.  Prepare for any outdoor work by ensuring you are warmly dressed in layers, wearing a hat and gloves, and don't forget a pair of warm work boots.

-         Monitor the forecasts – when determining the time that is best to remove snow and ice from your roof, don't forget to check and monitor the weather forecast. Winter weather can be very unpredictable, and the last thing you will want to do is spend the time clearing your roof only to have to turn around and do it again in a very short time.  However, if you can remove a few inches of snow before mother nature dumps several more inches, then it will be in your best interest to get it done.

-         Monitor the condition of your roof – many homeowners do not keep a check on the state of their roof and only inspect it every twenty to thirty years when they notice wear or something out of the ordinary.  However, you should check the condition of your roof, and its underlying structure, on an annual basis.  You will then be able to get ahead of any problems that may exist due to wear and tear and areas of possible weakness.

-         Get a roof rake – no matter what type of slope your roof has on it, there is always the possibility that snow and ice will be able to accumulate.  The added weight and the thawing and refreezing of the snow and ice can significantly strain your roof's overall structure.  With a roof rake, you can keep your feet planted on the ground and successfully clear your roof.

Snow and ice removal is a strenuous and, in some instances, dangerous job.  If you are unsure of doing the job yourself, be sure to reach out to a professional roofing contractor who can remove the snow and ice for you.

If you find you need a roofing contractor in the Woodlands, Tomball, Spring, and Conroe areas, look no further than the most trusted roofing company in Texas, Service First Construction.  We offer and provide a wide range of roofing services, including roof installation, roof repair, roof maintenance, and various other construction services. Contact us today, and we would be happy to schedule an appointment time that works within your schedule to answer any questions or concerns you may have.

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