The Dos and Don’ts of Removing Snow from Your Roof


Winter is just around the corner, and you can count on snowfall within the next few weeks. So here are some tips for removing snow from your roof.

Whether you are a Utah native who’s been dealing with snow your whole life, or a newcomer to the chilly weather, you must familiarize yourself with the best practices of removing snow from your roof. Improper techniques of snow removal can cause roof and home damage, or you could even harm yourself. But don’t worry, we have you covered with this dos and don’t guide. Keep reading to learn more. 

Do: Remove Snow If There are Six or More Inches

Roofs come in all shapes and sizes, so it’s hard for us to give you an accurate number of inches of snow your roof can sustain before it’s time to clear it off. That being said, snow is heavy, and the weight on the rooftop can cause damage to not only the roof but your house’s structure. That’s why we suggest that everyone clears their rooftop of snow when there are six or more inches of snow resting on the roof.

Don’t: Wait Until You See Ice Dams 

Ice dams form when the snow melts then freezes around the edge of your roof. They can be harmful to your gutters, or they can back up in your shingles and cause water leaks in your ceiling. If you start to notice ice dams, call a professional right away.

Do: Clear Off Your Low-Pitched or Flat Roof More Frequently 

If you have a flat or low-pitched roof, we suggest that you clear it off more frequently. When a rooftop has a taller pitch, it can sustain more weight and even allow for some water and snow to trickle off the roof, but when it’s more of a flat surface, snow and ice can accumulate on the roof, and the weight can be too much for the home to handle. In this case, we recommend keeping your roof clear of snow when you can. Here’s a quick tip: freshly fallen snow is the easiest to remove yourself. 

Don’t: Take a DIY Approach in Hazardous Conditions 

If you have a high-pitch roof, tall home, or the weather doesn’t permit you to be outside, let alone on your roof, don’t take a do-it-yourself approach to remove snow from your roof. Instead, call your local professional roofing company to get the job done right and safely!

Contact The Roof Doctor for Snow Removal Services

If you’re thinking of removing snow from your roof yourself, think again. The Roof Doctor is ready and eager to help you. Not only do we provide exceptional service every time, but our roofers are also trained, knowledgeable, and equipped with all the tools to remove snow from your roof in a hazard-free and effective manner. We serve homes and businesses across the Wasatch front, including cities like Orem, West Jordan, Salt Lake City, and Ogden, Utah. So, contact us today to get your free project estimate and to schedule an appointment with us!



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