After heavy snow fall it is important to remove the snow from your roof. Removing snow off of your roof doesn’t only take off the excess weight, it also prevent ice dams from potentially forming on your roof. This is why roof raking is important! Ice dams mainly form because of melting snow, so if you’re able to prevent ice dams, you’re in a great position to prevent leaking and water damage to the inside of your home.
Ice dams form when a roof is warmed enough so that snow melts, causing water run-off that freezes on parts of roof that are more exposed to the cool air, turning into masses of ice and icicles. Snow can be warmed by the sun or more commonly from the warmer air inside of a home which heats it up.
Roof Raking is a great way to remove of excess snow from the top of small buildings or break apart ice masses that appear to be forming. If this turns out to be too difficult, and is safe to do so, you can try to safely shovel off the snow from your roof to prevent ice dam damages.
When it is smart to clean off the roof:
If there is a half foot of snow or more, it is in your best interest to clean off the snow. At this height, the sun alone won’t stand a chance at clearing off all of the snow and water run off can build quickly!
Other Ways to prevent ice dams from forming:
- Have proper insulation and ventilation systems in the attic or top floor of your home.
- Seal gaps or cracks that may be leaking warm air to higher levels.
- If you have a new roof being installed, have the roofing contractor include a snow and ice barrier that will prevent any water that may get under the shingles from seeping into the roof.