Winter can be incredibly beautiful—white snow and charming icicles hanging from local buildings. However, those icicles could be a sign of a darker problem. Most people don’t know that those snow-capped houses and icicles could be wreaking havoc on the structural integrity of the building. Snow generally means ice, and ice can build up on top of buildings and inside the gutters, forming a kind of ice dam.
A foot of snow could mean thousands of extra pounds bearing down on your roof. This extra weight may put undue strain on your roof, causing damage over time. Having snow removed regularly can prevent ice dams from building up and causing any severe damage. Our roofing services experts recommend snow removal for every six inches that builds up.
When you need roof snow removal
In the Salt Lake Valley, we typically receive pretty heavy snowfalls each year, making roof snow removal more widely necessary than in other places. There are several things to look at to determine if you need snow removal. If you have more than six inches of snow, either from one storm, or a combination of different storms, it should be shoveled off as soon as possible.
If your roof is flat, it’s crucial that you remove as much of the snowfall as possible. Flat roofs don’t have the same structural support that a peaked roof does, and the weight can cause damage much quicker. If you live in an older home and have struggled with keeping your attic well insulated, that might be another indication you roof snow removal.
Additionally, it’s important to watch the ice buildup on your roof. The water can seep into the gutters, dripping down and forming icicles that block more water, creating an ice dam. These pose a threat to the actual gutters, as well as the structure. If you have ice hanging off the vertical sides of your business, this is also a strong indication there is buildup.
The most significant damage is usually accompanied by leaks of some sort. Water can start seeping into the house, dripping from a weak spot in the roofing. If this is happening, you should contact us as quickly as possible.
Roof Snow Removal and Ice Dam Removal Process
Removing snow from the roof can be incredible tricky, since it can be slick and dangerous. We have equipment that allows us to safely trek across your roof, shoveling and blowing off the snow. This will prevent heavy damage such as roof collapse.
For ice dams, it’s import to avoid physically breaking them off. In fact, the best way to ward off ice dams is by utilizing a high-powered steamer. The water is heated and the steam melts the ice away, freeing up your gutters. A professional should do this process—the ice is heavy and could fall in dangerous ways. Most DIY ice dam removal also involves using salt, which can cause a lot of damage.
If you’re interested in prevention of ice dams and snow, we team up with a local company to provide roofing heated coils that melt the ice and prevent dams from building up.
Living in the Salt Lake Valley, the snow requires us to be vigilant in our home upkeep. Don’t think of your roof as an afterthought this winter, but take the necessary precautions against damage. Whitaker Roofing can help you with everything from roof snow removal to ice dam removal.