How to Safely Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

How to Safely Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

Snow might look pretty on your roof, but it can cause some severe problems. Too much snow and ice on your roof can cause roof leaks and put stress on your roofing system, which could lead to collapse. As a homeowner in Saskatchewan, chances are you've found yourself trying to remove snow and ice from your roof at some point. You can use many techniques to remove snow and ice from your roof. If you want some tips on how to safely remove snow and ice from your roof, the roofing experts at United Roofing & Exteriors are here to tell you! In this blog, we will go over some of the most popular methods for removing snow and ice from your roof. Read on to learn more!

How Snow and Ice Affect Your Roof

Snow and ice can have a negative effect on your roof. As snow builds up on your roof, it can add a lot of extra weight. The extra weight of the snow can put stress on the structure of your roof and lead to the collapse of your entire roof. Too much snow on your roof will also lead to ice dams forming. As the sun shines on the snow during the day, it will melt and run down your roof. The water will collect in your gutter system, freeze and cause ice dams. Ice dams are the most common reason for roof leaks in the winter. If left unattended, ice dams can cause water damage to your ceiling, walls, underlayment and the structure of your roof. To ensure that your roof will keep you and your family safe all winter, it is essential to remove snow and ice before it causes issues with your roof. Let's get into a few of the best (and easiest) ways to remove snow and ice from your roof.

Use a Snow Roof Rake to Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

A snow roof rake is probably the best ways to remove ice and snow from your roof. A roof rake is just what it sounds like—a rake featuring a rubber blade at the end with an incredibly long telescoping handle. Some roof rakes are as long as 21 feet! They're available at most hardware stores and are easy to use. Roof rakes are great for removing large amounts of snow from roofs in one go. Don't worry about getting into any high places—roof rakes can be used on steep slopes and flat surfaces! 

Use a Rope to Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

Using a rope to remove snow and ice from your roof is another very effective method. You may need a ladder for this method, but it is possible to do it without one. One of the best things about this method is that it can remove large amounts of snow in one motion. Using a rope to remove snow and ice from your roof works best when you have someone helping you. First, tie something heavy to one end of the rope and then toss it over the edge of your roof. Then each person will grab one end of the rope and pull it up and down along your gutter line until all the snow and ice have been removed from both sides of your house. With this method, you will need to be careful of where you are standing, as all the snow should come down at once. 

Use Roof De-Icer to Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

Roof de-icer or roof ice melt products are another great way to remove snow and ice from your roof. Roof ice melting products are different from rock salt. The last thing you want on your roof is rock salt. It is an excellent product for quickly melting snow and ice, but it will do a number on your roof and gutters due to its corrosive nature. Instead, find a non-corrosive roof de-icing product. Many types are available at local hardware stores and online retailers such as Amazon or Home Depot. Roof de-icers will also help prevent and get rid of ice dams.

Invest in a Heating Cable to Prevent Ice Build-up on Your Roof

A heating cable is a great way to prevent ice build-up on your roof. Roof heating cables are a relatively inexpensive solution that can save you from hiring a professional to remove snow and ice from your roof. Heating cables don't get extremely hot—just warm enough to start melting the snow and ice. If done before a heavy snowfall, there will be little to no ice or snow accumulation on your roof. If installed after a snowfall, you'll end up with a mini-avalanche as the snow comes tumbling down all at once. If you choose to install it after, ensure there is nothing below that could be damaged or harmed by the falling snow.

Hire a Professional to Remove Snow and Ice from Your Roof

Removing snow and ice from your roof can be pretty dangerous. If you don't have the tools or don't feel comfortable doing it, call a professional! Professional roofers have the tools and expertise to remove snow and ice from your roof while minimizing risks of injury or damage to property. Professional roofers are trained in safe work practices, such as using ropes and ladders safely on a slanted surface and using specialized equipment like roof rakes. They also carry insurance that will cover accidents resulting from their work.

United Roofing & Exteriors Can Help with Your Roofing Needs in Saskatchewan

Removing snow and ice from your roof will ensure you don't have issues like roof leaks this winter. At United Roofing & Exteriors, we know how essential it is to care for your roof, not just in the winter but all year! If you find yourself in need of preventative roof maintenance or roof repairs this winter, we're here for you! Contact our roofing experts today!