- Published on Tuesday, 13 September 2011 18:17
Roof snow removal and the thought of hiring a professional snow removal company probably doesn't occur to most people this time of the year but getting the info you need when you need it, can save you time and money in the long run.
Did you know that among the essential parts of the house, the roof is the area most susceptible to maximum heat, and most especially, the extreme weight of snow after a heavy snowfall?
The weight of snow can cause serious roof damage if you wait all day long to shovel. As the snow melts, it gets heavier and heavier ...just like having a ton of bricks just sitting on your roof waiting to collapse. Excess weight on your roof can not only cause it to collapse but can also cause leaks and severe damage to your roof and business as well.
Here are some very important tips that you should arm yourself with now:
When should I have my roof snow removed?
Trying to figure the weight of the snow on a roof can be a daunting task and understanding the logistics of how even slightly warmer temperatures, drifting snow, or new wet snow, can increase the snow weight on the roof dramatically unless a section of snowfall may have been dry.
Knowing when to be concerned is the first step in preventing a disaster
Flat roofs, patio covers, drifted snow areas and ice buildup can be major high-risk areas that increase the weight per square foot. These conditions may justify pursuing a professional snow removal company.
We hear this one all the time: Shouldn't I wait as long as possible before having my roof snow removed?
Roofs are rated for maximum weight loads, and they should never be tested to their full potential. We highly recommended that once your roof snow load has reached 50% of capacity (maximum load) the snow should be removed. If you are not certain when your roof reached 50%, its best to have a professional available to let you know. We recommend you continually monitor your roof's snow conditions and have a plan in place as to how you will address snow removal, if needed.
Check your roof drainage system!
Did you know that a frozen, clogged drain with slush and ice build up dramatically increases the weight!?
We cannot stress enough the importance of being aware of the potential dangers of shoveling or raking snow from a roof if you are not a professional. Hiring a professional snow removal company will save you from the risk of person sliding off a roof, falling off a ladder, over exerting yourself.
Get the facts before climbing up there, call a professional today and get a plan in place before it's too late.