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How to Remove Snow off Your Roof

How to Remove Snow off Your RoofHow to Remove Snow off Your Roof

As the Northeast digs their way out from Nemo, Westchester County can now remove snow off their roofs to help prevent any ice dams that might damage your home. With over 40” of snow dumped during Nemo, the Northeast has been hit hard by this blizzard. 650,000 customers over eight states had lost power making for an extremely deadly storm. Now that the worst of Nemo is over, it’s time to think about cleaning up with these simple tips on how to remove snow off your roof.

Your roof is particularly vulnerable because of the sticky snow that piles on. Not only the weight of the snow can cause damage, but ice dams can also form due to lack of maintenance  By clearing the first three to four feet of snow will help prevent ice dams and take away the strain off your roof.

  • Flat Roof – Flat roofs are one of the easiest to clean, but will allow more snow to pile up and damage your home. If you have a flat roof you may want to shovel the roof constantly to avoid damages during storms. Remember to put safety first any time you are on a roof, snow or sun.  To help prevent any further injury to you, we highly suggest calling a professional.
  • Slanted Roof – If you have a slanted roof, a roof rake may be your best bet.  A roof rake is a long-handled tool designed specifically to help remove snow from your roof. One of the highest rated products that we’ve found was a Garant GPRR24U on Amazon. When using your roof rake, stand firmly on the ground and knock off as much of the snow off as you can safely reach. It is not necessary to remove all the snow; removing the first three to four feet of snow closest to the gutters can help the gutters properly drain.
  • No Roof Access – If you cannot reach the roof, many home builders landscaping and roofing contractors, and property maintenance companies can remove snow from your roof. Always be sure your contractor is insured and bonded.

If you have any doubt, leave it to the professionals. Using a ladder and walking on a slippery roof can be extremely dangerous is best left to professionals.

The experts at A.J. Benet know how hard you work to protect your family year long. A package policy allows you to take advantage of benefits by consolidating multiple policies, such as  home insurance, with one insurance company. A.J. Benet offers Westchester County Home Insurance policies from top-tier insurance companies that are designed to insure your liability risks and property under one master program, helping to mitigate the problems you can encounter when you have multiple policies with different insurers. Contact us today for more information- (888) 639-4560

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