How To Safely Remove Snow From Your Roof

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To all our fellow Calgary residents, this winter has definitely been one of the worst. We would hate to see some of you come out of the winter with damaged roof, so keep reading on what to do! 

So what is the most effective way to keep your roof safe from ice and snow damage? There are many products on the market, but shoveling or raking is typically the most effective.

Of course, getting up on the roof is not advisable when it is snow and ice covered, so a long-handled tool is the best so you can work from the ground. It’s also important to use the right tool. Tools with sharp points can damage your roof’s protective membrane, increasing the problem.

When in doubt, it’s always a good idea to contact a professional. They have the experience (and the tools) to make roof snow and ice removal safe and effective. They also make sure that they don’t damage your roof while they’re up there. 

If you live in a one-story home, snow removal may not be as much of a challenge. However, for those that live in multi-level residences, it can be a different story.

Don’t Be Afraid to Call a Professional

When roof-raking isn’t enough, you may need to employ a shovel. Wet snow, ice or intricately angled roofs can cause problems for raking. In Calgary, the residents know that the climate can change a big degree within a day, which can often cause severe issues for your roof.

Shoveling is necessary after a huge snow, or if the job requires heavy lifting. A good rule of thumb is to remove ice and snow as soon as it reaches six inches of depth. That’s when they weight starts becoming too much stress, and also when ice dams are most likely to form.

Even if you are proactive about keeping ice and snow off your roof, you can still end up with roof damage, it just becomes less likely. For repairs that keep your home safe and dry, call The Roof Hospital Exteriors for all your construction needs. We’re the home improvement professionals in Calgary that you can count on.

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