Heavy Snow on Roof

How to Deal with Heavy Snow On Your Roof

Spring may have already arrived, but Mother Nature always has a way of reminding us that she is in charge, not a date on the calendar.

With the current blizzard dumping inch after inch of the white snow in the Denver area, travel in the metro area has been shut down, and some areas have seen nearly two feet of snow.

What does all that snow mean for homeowners?

For starters, a spring snowstorm could wreak havoc on your roof. Spring snow is generally wet and heavy, and the extra weight of several inches of heavy snow on your roof could spell disaster, especially if the roof already in less-than-paerfect condition.

Dealing with Heavy Spring Snow

At this time of year, it may be tempting to assume that any snow on your roof will melt before any real damage is done, but that may not be your best option. Though temperatures are expected to start to rise again soon, it could still take a while for several inches of snow to completely melt.

It’s always a good idea to remove snow from your roof when you are able to safely do so, but there are a few signs you can watch out for to determine whether the weight is more than your roof can handle. If you notice any of these signs, your home is suffering from the excess weight:

  • Sticking interior doors

    Heavy Snow on Roof

    Heavy snow on your roof? Remove it safely using a snow rake.

  • Doors popping open for no apparent reason
  • Difficulty opening or closing windows
  • New cracks in walls or masonry
  • Major roof leaks
  • Visible roof sagging
  • Cracks in plaster or drywall around door frames

If you’re seeing any of these signs, you need to remove the snow from your roof immediately. When dealing with the aftermath of a blizzard, it may be best to call in a professional, but if you do choose to tackle this project yourself, there are steps that must be taken to ensure your safety.

If possible, avoid climbing onto your roof with a shovel. Snow and ice drastically increase your risk of slipping and falling while you’re on your roof. Instead, use a snow rake to safely remove excess snow while remaining on the ground. Start by removing two to three inches of snow from your roofline, then work your way upward.

While it’s best to remove as much snow as possible, it’s is not necessary to remove all of the snow from your roof. The goal is to simply remove enough snow to avoid problems associated with too much heavy snow on the roof on the roof.

If you need roof repair after a spring snow storm or at any time of the year, contact your Lakewood roofers now by calling 303-948-7663.