This winter has been a rough one. With snowstorm after snowstorm, many homes are covered with snow. Heavy piles of snow on a home’s roof and ice build-up can be very dangerous. Roofs can collapse and ice dams can cause damage to the structure of your home. While you may be determined to clear the snow and ice off the roof yourself, it is better left to the professionals.
When snow piles up on your roof it can cause a lot of expensive damage. You need to act right away when a strong winter brings a lot of snow. Having your roof raked by a professional will prevent a roof collapse or other problems that are less visible. One of the biggest problems home owners run into when there is a lot of snow is not their roof collapsing, it is the creation of ice dams.
When the snow on your roof melts, it reaches the gutters and freezes. This causes a back-up and the excess water will seep behind the shingles into your home. When ice dams form, the water that gets behind the interior walls can damage the framework, insulation, and sheetrock. When the interior of your home gets wet you are in for a serious headache.
You should definitely not attempt to climb onto your roof to shovel off the snow or ice. It is extremely dangerous and you risk doing more damage to the roof. A professional has all the right tools and equipment to safely and effectively clear your roof of excessive snow and ice. If there is only a small amount of snow on your roof it is okay. It is recommended that when snow accumulation reaches five inches or more you should have it professionally removed.
It may be tempting to clear excess snow and ice from the roof yourself, but you are risking serious injury. It is safer and better to let a professional who knows how to clear your roof properly do the job. If there is currently a lot of snow or ice on your roof, contact a roofing professional who can prevent any future damage. What you will spend on a roof cleaning will be nothing compared to the cost of fixing a collapsed roof or damaged interior due to ice dams.