If you live in an area that sees an enormous amount of snow each winter, you might already know how hard it is for your roof to support this snow. While your roof is your number one defense against the elements, it’s important to remember that it isn’t bulletproof. You need to take measures to ensure that it is up to the task that winter brings. This might mean that you need to keep too much snow from accumulating on it after a large snowstorm. Nickerson Roofing is here to talk about how to effectively clear the snow off the roof and what the dangers of DIY snow removal from the rooftops are.
Dangers of DIY Roof Snow Removal
When you attempt to get on your roof to remove the snow from the roof, it can be a recipe for disaster. Here are some of the dangers that are part of removing snow from your roof on your own:
– Fall Hazards: The biggest and clearest risk that comes from attempting to remove the snow off the roof on your own is the risk of falling. Falling from your roof can be deadly. People fall from the roof when it isn’t covered in snow. When you add snow and ice to the surface of your roof, it can create a surface that is dangerously slick. If you aren’t used to working on top of a roof, it would be incredibly unwise to attempt to remove snow on your own.
– Back Strain: Anytime you are shoveling heavy snow, it can be hard on your back. If you aren’t using ergonomically designed snow shovels and correct form, you could walk away with an injured back.
– Difficult Access: Getting access to your roof can be difficult during the winter as well. Ladders are the most common way that people access the roof of their house. When there is ice and snow, it can make access to the top of the roof extremely difficult. Even when you feel like the ladder is stable and ready to climb up, you are at risk of the ladder slipping and putting you at even greater risk of injury.
– Cold Exposure: Anytime you have had a significant storm, it is more than likely freezing outside. When you’re dealing with subzero temperatures, it can be dangerous. If you aren’t dressed in appropriate clothing, it can put you at risk of exposure. You need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of frost bite in case you start getting too cold.
Rooftop Snow Management, Roof Repair, Replacement & More in Truckee, Mystic, Tahoe City, Kings Beach & The North Lake Tahoe Basin of California
If you have snow on your rooftop that is significant, you can turn to Nickerson Roofing to safely remove the snow for you. We can work with you to find solutions to the heavy snow on your roof. We offer several different ice dam solutions that can help provide your roof with the protection that you need. Call us today!