Rooftop Snow Removal
Removing snow from your roof is an important part of keeping your home in excellent condition throughout the winter months, but it's important that you have a professional perform the job properly. If snow is removed improperly from your roof, it may only allow the formation of ice dams in the future, so it's important that snow is thoroughly and professionally removed from your roofing. If the snow on your roofing is accumulating, call the professional Ortonville roofing contractors at Alpine Roofing Complete for professional snow removal services that you can always depend on.
Removing snow from your roofing is very different than shoveling or plowing parking lots or sidewalks. Heading out and on to your roof is extremely dangerous, so it's very important that your always rely on a professional for these services.
Call us today to schedule your snow removal services, and we'll be looking forward to assisting you.
When Is Snow Removal Necessary?
Most of the time, it's a good idea to have snow removed from your roofing after every six inches of snowfall. This will prevent excessive snow from every building up on your roofing, so ice dams will have a much smaller chance of forming. Every roof is different, and you can't completely eliminate the chance of ice dams forming, but this every-six-inches rule is a good guideline to follow.
If your Ortonville home's roof has never had an ice dam and your only concern for snow removal is avoiding a collapse of your roof, then you can probably hold off until you've accumulated more than a foot of snow on your roofing.
Take into account how heavy the snow is as well, and how long it will be before the snow starts to melt.
Ice Dam Prevention
Ice dams occur only when three conditions are in place: snow cover, freezing outside temperatures, and heat being lost through the roof. The snow at the top of your roof will melt because of the heat escaping from your home. As it runs down the roof, it comes, once again, to freezing temperatures. When it refreezes, you’re left with an ice dam.
Although the primary cause of melting snow is your home losing heat, it can also happen because of sunlight. With temperatures as low as 14° F outdoors and 23° F in the attic, for instance, enough sunlight can be transmitted through six inches of snow to cause melting on the roof.
By removing any snow that accumulated on your Ortonville home's roofing as soon as possible, you'll be able to prevent ice dams from forming and causing significant damage to your home.
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*Clearing snow off your roof will stop most ice dam leaks. Don't try this by yourself if not done properly you will cause more damage.*