Snow removal is a task that shouldn’t be neglected by homeowners with flat roofing or roofs that are prone to ice dams. According to experts, letting snow accumulate on your roof can make it vulnerable to collapse.
However, keep in mind that removing snow by yourself may come with risks, so it might be best to hire a professional roofer for the job. In this article, Century Roofing and Siding offers a few tips on how snow removal can be done safely.
DIY Snow Removal
Removing snow from your roof requires careful attention and a lot of safety precautions, especially if you plan to do it by yourself. Generally, the safest way that you can remove snow from a roof is by using a roof rake. With this tool, you simply have to stand on the ground and use a pole extension for the rake so that you can reach the edge of your home.
Before beginning the task, make sure that the ground isn’t slippery and you have the physical strength and stamina to handle the rake and pull off the snow. Never attempt to climb onto the roof. It’s also recommended to use a roof rake with wheels, bumpers or small rollers near its blade. The wheels will help keep the blade from scraping the roof granules off the shingles. These granules are quite essential in your roof’s UV and fire-resistance.
How Pros Perform the Job
For snow removal, professional roofers typically work in teams. And in order to clear the snow away, they climb onto the roof and use a hammer or steam to break and remove the ice.
A reliable contractor would also find the source of an ice dam and suggest appropriate solutions. Some of common causes of ice dams are poor attic insulation and ventilation. Attic bypasses, which are basically hidden passages that allow warm air to flow into the attic and melt snow on the roof, are also a common culprit.
Century Roofing and Siding is a roofing company that has been operating since 1980. With our long tradition for top-notch workmanship, you can have peace of mind that your project will be handled professionally. Call us at (613) 738-1774 or fill out our contact form to request a free estimate. We serve customers in Ottawa, Ontario.