It’s that time of year when we give attention to the probability of getting snow- storms such as the ones we’ve had in recent years. We wanted to give you the following guidelines recommended by the National Roofing Contractors Association for removing snow and ice from your roof.
Because of safety issues, NRCA does not recommend that snow removal or ice dams be tackled by anyone except roofing professionals. Lots of homeowners either try themselves, or hire an amateur, to rake off the snow from their roofs.
The sale of roof rakes soars whenever there is a snowstorm in our area. Use of those rakes can be counter-productive and harmful to your roof.
Roof covering and gutters can be damaged by the rakes. Additionally, if you are trying to remove snow with a rake from the ground, the rake can only remove the snow on the bottom portion of the roof, potentially creating the formation of an ice dam. Because ice dam membranes are generally not installed more than 24 to 36 inches beyond the roof/wall intersection, an ice dam could form because melting water will need to find a place to travel resulting in leaks.
Proceed with caution and consult a professional roofer!