Anytime you live in an area that sees large amounts of snow each year, you need to be aware of how much snow is on your roof. When you aren’t maintaining snow loads, it can lead to bigger problems that includes ice damming or the forming of ice on the edge of your roof which can cause a great deal of damage. Nickerson Roofing is here to share some of the signs that there is too much snow on your roof and how to remove it.
Can My Roof Hold the Heavy Weight of So Much Snow?
There are variables that make it difficult to say exactly how much snow your roof can withstand. Things like the materials that were used to construct it and how old the roof is, will have a great effect on how well it can hold up with a great deal of snow on it. Luckily, there are some warning signs that will tell you if there is too much snow on your roof. It is important to remember that it isn’t about the actually amount of the snow, but rather, the weight of the snow that is there.
– Unusual Roof Noises: If you hear popping, cracking or other strange noises coming from your roof, it may be a sign that there is too much weight on the roof.
– Stuck Doors: The interior doors in your home is a good indication of too much snow. When they start to stick, it is time to check out the roof.
– Roof Leaks or Water Spots on Ceiling: If you have noticed any leaking or dark circles on the ceiling, that means that the snow has compromised your roof and you need to have it repaired.
– Roof Sagging: When you walk outside and see that the roof is visibly starting to sag, this is an emergency and you need to act quickly before your roof caves in.
How to Safely Remove Snow from Roof & Prevent Ice Dams
It is only safe to attempt to remove snow from your roof if you can do so from the ground. Any time you are required to get on top of your roof to remove snow, it is best to leave the job to professionals with proper training and equipment. They use a snow rake which is one of the safest and most effective ways to remove snow from your roof. Your goal shouldn’t be to remove all the snow and ice from the roof, but enough to lighten the load that your roof has to bear.
Rooftop Snow Removal & Prevention, Ice Dam Solutions & More in Truckee, Mystic, Floriston, Olympic Valley, Alpine Meadows, Tahoe City, Dollar Point, Ridgewood, Carnelian Bay, Kings Beach, Eder, Norden, Soda Springs & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California
If you are concerned about snow this winter season, you can call on the professionals at Nickerson Roofing to help. We offer ice dam prevention services that will help our customers avoid the damage that comes with ice damming. There are several ways that we can help your roof survive the winter months unscathed. Call us today!