Snow brings with it a variety of chores to get done, and adventures to be had. Driveways to shovel, snow tires to put on the car, and snow angels to make with the kids. With all of the work and fun that snow can bring to your household, make sure you pay special attention to your roof. Since your roof is protecting your home and family from the winter weather, it’s important to remove the snow that has gathered to keep your roof in the best working condition.
Here are the top 5 reasons you should consider roof snow removal this winter:
1. Heavy loads can cause structural damage
You may think your roof is just fine. You may reason that there’s not that much snow up there or that the snow doesn’t look too thick. However, it’s not actually about the amount or depth of the snow – it’s the weight. Light, fluffy snow is generally going to be fine for your foundation. But heavy, damp snow (especially when it mixes with ice) could start to put stress on your roof. This could eventually lead to a roof collapse. Look out for these warning signs:
- Doors jamming inside your house – this is a sign that pressure is building
- Cracking, creaking, or popping sounds
- Sagging, leaks, or cracks appearing in your walls
If you notice any of these signs, you should contact A&J Reliable as soon as possible for professional snow removal.
2. Snow and ice on your roof can be a falling hazard
Although it may seem like the stuff of slapstick comedy, falling snow or ice can cause serious injury. Clearing the buildup of snow and ice on your roof can protect you and your family from getting hurt as you walk around your house or yard.
3. Snow and ice can damage your gutters
The gutters around your roof can also be damaged by buildup of snow and ice. Too much weight on the gutters could cause them to rip or tear away from the roof, causing extensive damage to your property. It’s best to have a roofing professional help you clear snow and ice from your gutters. At A&J Reliable, we can clear your gutters safely and without causing any damage to your roofing system.
4. Leaving snow to melt on your roof can cause interior damage
Have you ever noticed ugly brown stains gathering on your ceilings? This may be a sign that snow and ice melts are leaking underneath your shingles and seeping through cracks in the roof. This can cause water damage to your home’s interior. This is not only unsightly, but could also lead to additional structural problems.
5. Getting a professional to remove your snow is always the safest option
You may think that you can handle any snow buildup by yourself. You have a shovel for your drive – why not just take it to the roof? There’s actually plenty of reasons to have a roofing professional come and remove snow buildup for you.
When homeowners remove snow from their roof, they cause unintentional damage to the roofing system. At A & J Reliable, we have the right tools to remove snow safely and without any damage to your property.
Most of all, it can be dangerous on top of a roof during the winter season! Roofs and ladders can be slippery, even when in good working condition. When it’s cold and icy outside, you should not put yourself at risk of a serious fall and accident trying to remove snow. Put your trust in a roofing professional, who is trained and experienced to work in these conditions.
When to contact a professional for snow removal
Whenever you notice any of the warning signs mentioned above or notice snow gathering on your roof, you can contact the professionals at A & J Reliable. We’ll be happy to visit your home and take care of any snow build up before damage occurs. You should be particularly cautious after any winter storms. Damage is often caused to roofs during storms, and this is a prime time for snow to build up.
After a snow storm or if in doubt, don’t hesitate to give us a call. We’ll get the job done safely and efficiently, so you can enjoy the winter in peace.
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