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Roof Snow Removal: The 1-Foot Rule

Depending on where you live, you may have already seen snow. You may already be dealing with the hassle and possible danger of having heaps of snow piled up on your roof. If this is the case, you’ve hopefully found a solution, but if not, then allow us to offer some suggestions for roof snow removal.

Practice Good Roof Snow Removal Strategy

It may look decorative and beautiful, but having a lot of snow weighing down your rooftop can cause serious damage. “The combination of freshly fallen snow with the melting and refreezing of snow can place stress on the roof of your home or business,” so if you notice it has grown to a pile of over a foot, take actions to have it removed.

If you have a flat roof, then you should (carefully) go up onto it, likely from the access stairs, and shovel snow off. Be careful not to get too close to the edge or to damage the surface with your shovel; precautions should always be taken so that you are able to get the job done without any risk to yourself or others.

If your roof is sloped or has a steep pitch, things may be more difficult. A tool called a “roof rake” can help with this roof snow removal, but it involves you working from the ground and raking it off (inasmuch as you can reach). Keep in mind that your roof may be able to shoulder more than a foot of snow, or it may not be able to withstand even a foot: it’s all dependent on the age, shingles material, and other factors.

“A good rule to keep in mind is if more than a foot of heavy, wet snow and ice has accumulated on your roof, you should have it removed.” It’s better to be safe than sorry to avoid a collapse during the coldest time of year.

The best way to go about roof snow removal is to contact a professional so that you don’t risk a fall on an icy ladder or roofing surface. Get in touch with Cox Roofing: you’ll be able to work with a business that has your best interests in mind and which has over thirty years of experience.

Cox Roofing:

Cox Roofing is a full-service, certified roofing contractor providing residential and commercial roofing services to the state of Maryland, with a particular focus on Baltimore City, Baltimore County, Harford County and Howard County. We pride ourselves on our personalized service which transforms your property into the residence or business of your dreams. Get in touch for your free estimate today.

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