Dealing with Roof Snow Removal/Ice Dams:

Too much snow can damage your rooftop because of the weight of the snow. One square foot of snow that’s one-inch in depth weighs about a pound. If your roof has twelve inches of snow on it, that could easily amount to thousands of pounds of stress on your roof. By minimizing the stress placed on your roof, you are also minimizing the risk of leaking and cave-ins.

By removing the snow on your roof, this also eliminates one of the main ingredients needed for the formation of an ice dam.

What is an Ice Dam?

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of the roof and prevents melting snow. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into the home and cause damage to your walls, ceilings, and insulation.

How to Prevent an Ice Dam?

Keeping a consistent attic temperature can help prevent ice dams. Insulation and ventilation are key components of maintaining the proper conditions in the attic and the roof.

Ice dams can’t form without snow.  By preventing ice dams, you are also preventing potential leaks in your roof.

How To Tell When It’s Time For Snow Removal?

Generally, it is recommended to get your roof cleared after every six inches of snow. When deciding it is important to take into consideration how heavy the snow is. Wet, heavy snow can weight up to six or more times as much as lighter, dryer snow.

How Often Should You Get Your Roof Cleared?

If six inches of snow falls on your roof, but temperatures in the night and day time are forecasted above freezing for a couple of days, you probably don’t need to get the snow removed. However, six inches of snow that falls in one night, and another six inches of snowfall is forecasted for later in the week, or if temperatures remain below freezing, you may want to get the snow removed.

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