Should I Remove Snow From my Roof?

A roof rake is being used to remove snow from a winter roof. Large amounts of snow are often removed, using this method, to prevent ice dams and reduce excess weight. Ice dams form when melted roof snow freezes at the gutter sometimes leading to damage to the roof edge.

It’s that time of year again! The snow is falling, the temperatures are dropping, and you may be wondering if you should remove the snow from your roof. After all, all that extra weight couldn’t be good for your roof, right? Well, it turns out that the answer is a bit more complicated than a simple yes or no. 

From the Landmark Exteriors team, here are the pros and cons of removing snow from your roof:

Pros of Removing Snow From Your Roof

One of the biggest benefits of removing snow from your roof is that it can help to prevent ice dams. Ice dams occur when melting snow refreezes at the edge of your roof, creating a dam that prevents further melting snow from draining off of your roof. This can lead to serious damage to your shingles, gutters, and soffits. In addition, removing snow from your roof can also help to prevent leaks and other water damage. 

Another reason to consider removing snow from your roof is that you can reduce the risk of excessive weight on your roofing system, causing damage such as leaks and holes, and in extreme cases, collapse. Although your roof is built to handle the extra weight, heavy amounts of snow and ice build-up can be dangerous.  

Cons of Removing Snow From Your Roof

Of course, there are also some drawbacks to removing snow from your roof. One of the biggest dangers of removing snow from your roof is that you could cause damage in the process. If you’re not careful, you could accidentally break off shingles or pull up gutters as you try to remove the snow. In addition, if you’re not properly prepared and dressed for the cold weather, you could end up putting yourself at risk for hypothermia or frostbite. This is why it’s best to call the professionals to handle the job. 

Professional Roof Snow Removal Services

Removing snow from your roof yourself can be very dangerous, which is why it’s a job best left to professionals. For homeowners in and around Fairfield County, CT, and Westchester County, NY, turn to the Landmark Exteriors team for all your roofing needs, including roof snow removal. Our professional team will carefully remove snow and ice from your roof, assess your roofing system’s condition, and search for any damages you need to be aware of.  

Contact Landmark Exteriors for roofing inspections, repairs, and replacements!

The experts at Landmark Exteriors are here to help ensure your home’s roofing system looks great and functions properly for years to come! Give us a call at (203) 838-3838 or visit our website to learn more.

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