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The Best Ways To Remove Snow And Ice From Your Roof

When you own a home, waking up to a blanket of freshly fallen snow brings a little bit more than feelings of nostalgia. While making a snowman, drinking hot chocolate and shoveling the walkways may be on the list of activities for the day, you’ll also want to make checking the accumulation on your roof a top priority. This is because snow and ice can both cause significant damage to your roof and home, ranging from leaks to roof collapse.

Taking time to learn the best ways to remove snow and ice accumulation before damage occurs will help you keep your roof in good condition for years to come!

How Much Snow Is Too Much?

Each roof is constructed with different load-bearing capabilities according to the average amount of area snowfall. Keep in mind that wet snow weighs up to 6 times more than dry fluffy snow, so as a general rule, once buildup reaches three feet for fluffy snow, or two feet for wet snow, it needs to be removed.

Safe Snow Removal 

If you determine that snow needs to be removed, there are several steps you can take to ensure that you and your roof stay safe throughout the process:

Ice Dam Prevention and Removal 

Rooftop ice dams are one of the most devastating effects of snow and ice storms. During warm winter days, snowmelt can trickle down the roof and refreeze near the edge, causing an ice dam to form and prevent future snowmelt from draining off of the roof. This results in a backup of water that can be forced underneath the shingles and lead to significant water damage very quickly.

Prevention

The best way to protect your roof from the effects of an ice dam is to take steps to prevent one from occurring.

Removal

If an ice dam forms, you should remove it as soon as possible in order to prevent damage from occurring. There are several effective ways to remove ice dams, and in many cases, successful removal may take a combination of methods.

When removing an ice dam, make sure to avoid any removal method that involves sharp objects like a pick ax or ice chipper. These tools can easily puncture your roof and cause significant damage.

Cenvar Roofing Can Help With Winter Roof Damages 

No matter what type of winter roof damage is present on your roof, Cenvar Roofing can fix it. Our team has years of experience with year-round roof repairs, and a long track record of satisfied customers and sound roofs. Schedule your free estimate today to start the process. We look forward to hearing from you!

Hannah Brown
Hannah Brown is the Content Manager at Cenvar Roofing, and the main author of our company blog. Her primary focus is to create and produce content for all mediums that explains the complexities of the roofing industry in simple, straightforward language. Hannah has degrees in Strategic Communication and English from Liberty University, and her work has been featured in multiple print and online publications.