Do I need to remove the snow from my roof?

Ottawa residents are well-accustomed to the winter weather, including the predicted deluge of snowfall. More of the white stuff can mean cozy days inside while waiting out the wind to shovel your driveway. As you clear the snow from the pavement, you might wonder if it’s worth removing it from your roof too. Excessive snow accumulation can have severe consequences for the structure of your home if left unchecked atop your roof, so it’s essential to be vigilant about regular maintenance. Let’s dive into how best to deal with the snow on your roof in the winter:

When to Check Your Roof

Your home was made to withstand the winter weather, especially your roof. But at a certain point, a heavy downpour of snow may create increased pressure and become too much for the structure to bear. As a general rule, if you notice more than a foot of wet, heavy snow on the ground, take care to examine your roof. 

Signs to Look Out For

With just a glance, it can be difficult to tell whether snow is putting too much pressure on your home’s roof. If your roof is in good condition, this is generally less of a concern, but it is always best to keep an eye out for signs that something is wrong. Aside from visual cues, here are some things to look out for that might signify it’s time to clear the snow from your roof:

  • Your ceiling seems to be sagging
  • Cracking or popping noises coming from the ceiling
  • Unexplained cracks in your walls
  • Issues with doors or windows no longer closing properly
  • Leaks or water damage spots appearing on your walls or ceiling 
  • Icicles have started to hang off your roof or eavestroughs

These signs are your home’s way of telling you that the weight of the snow has become too much. It’s best to act quickly to remove it and prevent any further damage.

Does Type of Roofing Material Make a Difference?

Some roofs are more susceptible to snow damage than others. Low-pitched or flat roofs can accumulate a massive amount of snow, so they need to be cleared more frequently.  Snow naturally falls off the side of sloped roofs, so they can go longer periods without clearing.  

If you are looking for a material that will best fight the winter weather, metal is an ideal option. It’s incredibly durable, and capable of handling the weight of the snow.  

However, it is important to note that regular snow maintenance is still recommended during the winter months regardless of what your roof is made of.

Should I Clear My Roof Myself?

Trying to remove the snow from your roof on your own can be a risky endeavour. It could result in damage to your roof, your home, or even lead to bodily injury. If you feel it’s time to clear the snow off your roof, reach out to a professional who’s equipped to get the job done safely and efficiently.

Roofmaster Can Help

Regular maintenance can make a world of difference in the longevity of your roof. The stress of maintaining the weight of snow season after season can eventually compound, and we want to prevent any long-term damage. At Roofmaster, we can help safely remove your snow and keep your roof in prime condition. Contact us today with any questions about our services.