Do You Have To Clear Your Roof Of Snow?

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Everyone loves snow for the lovely landscape and atmosphere it creates, but unfortunately it may also cause serious problems, for example when it accumulates on the roof.

Snow deposited on the roof can put a significant weight on its resistance structure and may end up causing damage to the entire building and also be a potential danger for those who pass under the eaves. Changes in temperature cause the snow to melt and then freeze again, creating ice dams and icicles on the roof. Gutters and downspouts are also directly exposed to frost and thaw cycles and they may crack and become inefficient in evacuating the water away from the building, when the ice and snow eventually start to melt down. All these problems can make homeowners pay high costs for roof repairs from a local Aurora roofing contractor.  And all because of that beautiful snow…

So… no matter how lovely it looks, the snow must not be allowed to stay on the roof for too long. Here is what you can do about it:

Manual cleaning

Manual cleaning of the roof is possible with certain tools (shovels, brooms), but make sure you choose them and use them carefully! If you have a ceramic roof, the risk of hitting and damaging the tiles while cleaning the snow off is very high. Metal tools are the most dangerous, so you should avoid them in favor of plastic ones.

Installing snow guards

To avoid the problems that may occur when the snow on the roof slips down in large quantities, you should purchase and install snow guards. The shape and size of these accessories differ depending on the type of roofing materials they are installed on. In order to purchase the right type for your roof, take into account the manufacturer’s recommendations.

A de-icing system – the safest solution to avoid accidents and damage caused by snow accumulations on the roof

Today’s modern technologies make our lives easier by the day. Life runs at an alert pace, so we need simplifications, which makes us to appreciate maximum efficiency combined with minimal investments.

Snow and ice cleaning is a common operation during the cold season, but also an inconvenience for many homeowners. But by choosing an automated electric de-icing system, every snowy day can become a joy, because you no longer have to worry about going out in the cold and clean the roof, wasting time with these operations instead of relaxing and taking advantage of the seasonal joys.

An efficient electric de-icing system can be installed easily and is equipped with a thermostat, with temperature and humidity sensors, so that the system comes into operation only when necessary. These systems can melt snow and ice in no time and maintain your roof clean and risk-free. They become more and more popular, as people realize that they are much more efficient and convenient than shovels or mixtures of sand and salt that may damage the roof and the vegetation around the house.