Snow on the roof poses several dangers. Deep snow can physically overload the roof, causing it to collapse. Sheets of snow and ice can slide off, endangering people on the ground below. Finally, water from melting snow can become trapped, increasing the risk of developing a leaky roof.
You can purchase a special tool called a roof rake. It’s essentially a narrow shovel mounted on an extremely long pole. It allows you to clear snow from the lower roof sections while standing safely on the ground. Any snow that is starting to build up and drift over the gutters should be knocked to the ground as soon as possible. Take care not to rub the shingles with it, as this can dislodge granules and damage the roof.
Hire the Professionals
Shoveling off the roof is a dangerous chore and should be left to the professionals. Oklahoma City roofers recommend having the structure cleared of snow when there are record-breaking precipitation levels. Warning signs that snow needs to be removed from the roof include unusual cracking sounds, fresh wall cracks, and jammed doors. Call experienced roofers who can handle the job without getting hurt or harming your roof. Ice that builds up in the gutters and can’t be knocked free with a roof rake should also be handled by the professionals.
Proper Attic Ventilation
You can take preventative measures to avoid problems this winter. If you haven’t already done so, ask a professional roofing company to inspect your attic ventilation. Proper air flow will help minimize the risk of ice dams.
Cables You can avoid problems with ice dams by installing special snow melting cables along the lower portion of the roof. These cables will gently warm the snow, causing it to melt and run off in the gutters. These are easy to install, affordable to run, and eliminate problems from icicles and heavy build-up of snow on the gutters. Talk to a professional roofing company to see if they are a good choice for your home.
Robbins Roofing, Inc., has more than 60 years of combined experience in roofing. Providing services to residents of the greater Oklahoma City and DFW areas, we can take care of all your roofing repairs as well as replacements. Visit us on Facebook to learn more about our experience, our services, and how we can help you keep your roof in great shape this winter.