So the snow has cleared for the time being, but there’s still plenty of evidence that Winter Storm Jonas was here. For example, the mound of snow that may still be piled on top of your roof.

Keeping your roof clear of snow is crucial to mitigating the risk of ice dams forming. An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of the roof and keeps melted snow from draining off the side of the house. This can lead to that melted snow leaking back into the house and damaging the walls and insulation.

So, how do you clean off your roof in the winter months? Here are some guidelines to follow:

The Rule of Thumb:

How do you know it’s time to clear the snow off your roof? Generally, you should be clearing your roof about every 6 inches of snowfall. This will help ward off issues like cave-ins and ice dams before they have time to develop.

The Technique:

The simplest, most efficient ways of clearing snow are roof-raking and shoveling. Roof-raking is best for clearing snow off of one-story houses or for clearing the overhangs of taller houses. Where a roof-rake may not be feasible to use (for example if the roof is too high or if the snow has hardened too much), the shovel is your next best friend.

Shoveling is best for when there is a larger volume of snow and heavy lifting needs to get done or when the snow has hardened and become icy. This is also the best method when you want your roof completely cleared of any and all snow.

Of course, when doing any kind of work on your roof, use extreme caution and move slowly. If you are raking your roof from below, stand an adequate distance away from the overhang to avoid having snow or ice fall on you.

The Supplies:

If you live in an area that gets a lot of snow, these are good items to have on hand in case you need to clear snow off your roof or any other part of your property. Good tools can make all the difference when you DIY your winter cleanup.

  1. snow rake may be the first step you take in clearing your roof after snowfall. You may also need to buy an extension pole for taller roofs or overhangs.
  2. snow shovel is something you should always have on hand, to clear your driveway and walkways. Even if your area doesn’t get a lot of snow, you never know when it may come in handy.
  3. Thick waterproof gloves will keep your hands warm and dry as you work.
  4. Workboots with large grooves in the bottom will keep you from slipping on ice or snow as you work. These will be an investment, but sturdy waterproof boots are important to have on hand for various work and weather situations.

The Back-Up:

When in doubt, call a professional. Don’t risk your safety if you’re not totally sure how to get the task done. A professional removal company can clear your roof safely and efficiently. If you decide to call in a professional, AROCON can help you keep your roof in top shape, any time of the year.