Snow is beautiful, white, fluffy, and shiny. When the first snowfall of the season comes, all you want to do it go grab a jacket and a sled and go play in the snow. When you get outside, you take that first step in the snow, turn around, and see a lot of snow on your roof. If you’ve had a big snowfall in your area and you’re wondering if your roof can stand the extra weight, DON’T reach for a ladder or shovel – REACH for your phone! Calling professionals to remove ice and snow from your roof is the way to go.
When is it necessary?
The critical factor determining excessive snow loads on your roof isn’t the depth of the snow it’s the weight. That is because wet snow is considerably heavier than dry, fluffy snow. In fact, six inches of wet snow is equal to the weigh of 38 inches of dry snow. You can determine the type of snow you’re getting simply by heating a few shovelfuls. You should be able to quickly tell if the current snowfall is wet or dry.
How do you know there is a problem?
An indication that the accumulated snow load is becoming excessive is when doors on interior walls begin to stick. That signals there’s enough weight on the center structure of the house to distort the doorframe.
The DIY Options
If you have a small, one-story bungalow where the roof is just off the ground, taking matters into one’s own hands may be safe — if you can work entirely from the ground and have the right tools.
You’ll need to anticipate where the snow and ice will fall as you pull it off your roof you won’t want to pull a load of heavy, wet snow down on top of yourself or any helpers. Remember, the goal isn’t to remove all visible snow and ice, but rather just enough to relieve the excessive load on the roof.
Snow & Ice Removal Services – Proactive Landscaping
We know that sometimes you just need to get your hands dirty and do it yourself But, if you are not confident in what you are doing, pick up the phone and call us for all your snow and ice removal needs.