In Minnesota, snow on your roof is bound to occur. Overnight, we can get a foot or more of snow, covering your home and stacking it high on your roof. While most homes are built with the proper structural integrity and pitch for the Minnesota winters, heavy snow accumulation can still be a danger to your home. It is important to know the best options to remove excess snow from your roof and the signs of possible damage to your home.
Risks of Heavy Roof Snow
Minnesotans know that all snow is not the same. There are light, fluffy flakes, and heavy, wet snow; each with its own risks to the roads, and impact on your home. When the weather brings in a high amount of wet, heavy snow, it can be a hazard to your roof if not removed quickly. Damage to your roof and home can include:
- Shingle damage
- Leaks in your roof
- Ice dams
- Gutter damage
- Damage to structurally-attached plumbing
- Roof collapse
- Structural damage to the interior
It is not worth the risk of snow accumulation damage to your roof or home. Removing snow before the load becomes too heavy can protect your home and save you thousands in repairs.
When to Hire a Snow Removal Service
While light snow can be removed easily with a snow rake, you still run the risk of injury when climbing ladders to accomplish this yourself. However, if allowed to sit, the “fluffy” snow becomes compacted, which with more snow accumulation can create a heavy load on your roof. A foot of light snow may only weigh about five pounds per square foot, but only one inch of ice or very compact snow can have the same weight. You can quickly have over 20 pounds of snow/ice per square foot, which puts your roof and home at risk for damage.
When you have a foot or more of compacted or heavy snow, it is time to have it removed. Our teams at RTD Ice Dam Removal are experts at snow removal. We service the greater Minneapolis area for roof snow and ice dam removal to protect your home and save you from the risk of injury. Contact us to safely and quickly remove heavy snow from your roof to protect your investment in your home.