Snow Removal: What You Should Know to Stay Safe

Snow removal is important to prevent major roof damage, but what you don’t know about this chore could cost you. Here’s what you should know to keep you and your house safe.

Once snow builds up on your roof, all kinds of problems could develop. Here are the most common ones:

  • An increased chance of ice dams. To avoid these, make sure you have sufficient ventilation and the attic insulation is positioned properly.
  • Damage to roof flashing around the chimney and side walls.
  • In some areas, heavy wet snow can weigh up to six times more than the dry, powdery snow.
  • Possibility of a roof collapse.

With these possibilities, it’s clear why prompt snow removal is so important. But before you even think of getting on the roof, you need to know the dos and don’ts.

Like with anything in life, there are certain dos and don’ts when it comes to getting the white stuff off your roof. Here are the most important things you need to know:

  • Get a roof rake with a handle that expands. Use this after 6 inches or more of snow have accumulated. 
  • When using snow removal tools for your roof, stay away from shovels made of metal. This is because the metal edges are more likely to damage your roof.  
  • Avoid salt products. Did you know that the salt can actually discolor the shingles on your roof?

Keep these points in mind and you’ll prevent major roof damage and stay safe while maintaining your roof this winter.

For more information, watch this video (above) featuring Danny Lipford and Jim Cantore on The Weather Channel.

Further Reading


    • Because too much built-up snow can cause a roof to collapse, as Danny mentions in this video. Not good for Santa or the homeowner. 🙂


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