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Thursday, March 9, 2017

What to Know About Your Roof in the Snow

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Many areas of the country tend to experience some sort of snowfall through the winter months. During harsh winter seasons, the buildup of snow could pose a threat to your roof whether its a commercial flat roof or home's peaked roof. That is why it is important to know what to look for on your roof when snow starts to fall.

Many homeowners make the mistake of relating roof problems to how many inches of snow has fallen. Excessive snow on your roof is not determined by how much snow falls. Too much snow on your roof will be evidenced by weight and not inches. Wet snow is much heavier than dry snow, so it will not take nearly as much wet snow to cause a problem. Determining whether snow is wet or dry is the first step towards identifying whether or not that your roof is susceptible to damage.

Homeowners can check for problems without having to climb up on the roof. Instead, take a walk on the level of the house closest to the roof and check the interior doors. If any of them are sticking or having trouble closing, that is a sign that there is too much snow on the roof. Any cracking around the frame of those doors is another sign that there is an issue that needs to be dealt with on the roof.

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Once you have determined that the snow needs to be removed from your roof, consider the options. It can be done by the actual homeowner, although there is a risk that comes with that task. Climbing a ladder and then maneuvering on a roof in snowy and icy conditions can be dangerous.

A snow rake with a long handle is the best tool to use for those looking to clear snow off the roof themselves. However, it is always a much safer option to hire a professional. An experienced roofing contractor will have the proper safety equipment and tools with which to handle this task. It’s always important to note that not all of the snow and ice has to be removed, just enough to keep that load from being too much for a residential roof to handle.

No matter what season of the year, Rose Roofing Charlotte NC has a solution that can help you. Staffed with a team of experienced professionals, Rose Roofing can assist with all your residential roofing and roof repair needs.