Roof Snow Removal
Living here in Massachusetts means that you’re bound to endure a blizzard or two every year. And when the weather is at its worst, you may end up snowed in. Fortunately, we’re here to ensure that your building is safe from heavy snows, so you can rest assured that your roof structure won’t be strained by the extra weight. Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, we don’t just specialize in installing and maintaining roofs — we also provide roof snow removal services for residents and business owners throughout Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area.
If you’re property has been hit by a recent snow storm, you can count on us to safely remove snow from your roof — without damaging the delicate materials underneath. We provide safe, swift roof snow removal services for homeowners and building owners throughout the area, and we work atop both sloped and low- or no-slope roofs. So, when winter makes its mark, we’re only a call away — reach out to us to get started.
You can also read more about our residential roof snow removal services, our commercial services, advice on when its important to have snow removed, and why you should trust a roofing expert with your upcoming snow removal (instead of attempting the project yourself), and additional information — all of which is listed below!
Roof Snow Removal Services
As we mentioned, we work on any and all roofs in our service area, including both commercial and residential roofs. We’d be happy to help you out, whether you need snow safely pulled off your home, or you need to protect your business with speedy snow removal.
Residential Roof Snow Removal
Removing snow from your home’s roof is always a good idea if there’s any accumulation. Snow can be especially dangerous on sloped residential roofs, since it can collapse the roof structure if there is enough snow, and since the snow is liable to slide off at any moment, causing damage or harm to property and people below your roof awnings. Snow removal also provides further protection for your home and roof, since it will ensure that ice dams don’t form on your roof (which can damage the roof material and the substructure of your roof), and since your home will be protected should there be a second blizzard on the way.
Commercial Roof Snow Removal
Low- and no-slope roofs are especially dangerous during the snowy season, since they won’t shed water quickly, and they’re far more liable to endure ice damming. Plus, accumulated snow doesn’t have anywhere to go — it could end up resting on your roof for months at a time if you leave it unattended. If your roof has accumulated a few inches of snow, it’s best to have it removed, especially if there are additional snowstorms in the forecast, or if your snow isn’t liable to melt anytime soon. Under these conditions, ice damming is highly probable, and snow will simply continue to accumulate throughout the cold months of the year.
When Is Snow Removal Necessary?
As a general rule, you should have snow removed from your roof if there are 6 inches of snowfall or more. While 6 inches of snow likely won’t strain your roof structure or cause a collapse, it can easily create an ice dam atop your roof, which will leave water pooling along your roofs awnings, corners, and other areas. This water can cause damage by seeping underneath the roofing material of your home or building, and it can further damage your roof and other structures on the roof (e.g. chimneys, vents, gutters). Why? Well, this pooling water will freeze and melt over the coming days, which means that it will expand every time it freezes, thus placing strain on your roof and its components.
At the very least, you should have snow removed from your home or building if you have a foot of snowfall accumulation or more. When this much snow accumulates, your roof will endure thousands of pounds of extra weight, which can cause your roof to literally collapse in on itself. What’s worse is that this weight can be a hazard if it collapses, or if it spontaneously slips off your roof, falling on whatever is resting underneath. You should be especially wary of snow that has a high moisture content, since this heavier snow is more likely to cause damage and it can easily create ice dams as it thaws and freezes.
We recommend that you act right away if you have any snow accumulation on your roof, since it will be far easier to remove the snow without ice dams, and your property and passersby will be less likely to be damaged or injured.
Leave Roof Snow Removal to Roofing Experts
If you’re considering removing snow from your roof yourself, we urge you to reconsider, especially if your roof is sloped, or if your roof is higher than one story. While scraping snow off your roof may seem easy enough, it can be dangerous, and it can cause damage to the roof itself.
Snow removal is dangerous on sloped roofs, where you’re liable to encounter ice as you traverse your roof, and you won’t have much to stop you, should you fall. If you choose to remove snow from your roof yourself, and you’re working on a sloped roof, you should utilize a roof rake. Roof rakes are specially designed so that they don’t damage your roofing material as you rake off snow. Unlike a traditional snow shovel, roof rakes usually feature a roller or curved edge that won’t scrape against your shingles as you drag it along the surface. In addition, they usually have an extended handle so that you can remove most of the snow on your roof from ground level — roof rakes are often inadequate for homes that are two stories or more. Again, you should be wary that you can damage your roof if you use the wrong tools or techniques.
We have the right tools, safety equipment, and experience to make sure that your roof snow removal goes off without a hitch. We’re also licensed and insured, in case anything should happen while we’re on the job. Don’t worry about injuring yourself or others, and don’t take a chance and damage your property. Instead, count on us for swift, safe snow removal services.
Our Roof Snow Removal FAQ
Curious about our roof snow removal services? We’ve addressed a few of the most common questions that we encounter:
How much does roof snow removal cost?
Snow removal costs will vary depending on the size of your roof, how accessible your roof is, how much snow needs to be removed, and whether or not you’ll require ice dam removal services as well. Rates may also vary based on demand. If you’d like a quote for your roof, simply give us a call! Here at Red Dog’s Roofing, we provide competitive rates and a completely thorough roof snow removal.
When should I have snow removed?
As we mentioned above, you should have snow removed from your roof if you have any accumulation greater than 6 inches — and it’s best to have your snow removed right away, before it can turn into ice or create ice dams. Be wary of the forecast as well. If snow is projected to continue, be sure not to let it pile up over a foot in accumulation, and be especially cautious if the snow is wet and heavy. Also, be wary of forecasts where the temperature is above freezing during the day. The fluctuation between freezing and thawing temperatures can cause ice dams to form on your home or building.
Are heat coils a good idea?
While you may want to invest in heat coils so that you don’t need to have snow removed from your home or building, the costs usually outweigh the benefits. Heat coils are very expensive and they burn through energy, so snow removal is the cheaper option. Beyond that, your coils are liable to fail, and they can actually create ice dams more easily if your gutters freeze or if the heat coils aren’t installed properly.
How can I prepare my home for snow removal?
If you’re calling on us for our roof snow removal services, you really won’t have to do much. Simply move any objects around the exterior of your home that could be damaged by snow (like patio furniture), and make sure that you don’t have cars parked where snow may damage them or block them in. If you’re moving anything that is near the awning of your roof, take caution! Snow and icicles are liable to fall from your roof at any time! If you need help moving things, we can do that too, just let us know!
Can I use salt on my roof?
We do not recommend that you use salt on your roof. Salt can damage and discolor the shingles of your roof, and it can still result in ice dams. Plus, salt can kill plants and grass around the exterior of your home if it leaches into the soil. Roof shingles are already designed to aid in melting snow, and they should shed moderate amounts of snow and water effectively on their own.
What are the dangers of ice dams?
Ice dams can wreak havoc on your building. Not only will ice dams create dangerous icicles along the side of your roof, they’ll also cause damage to the roof itself. Ice dams can damage your roofing material, and they can cause water to seep underneath your roof’s protective outer layer. In addition, as ice melts and refreezes, its expansion and contraction can tear apart your roofing material, and it can damage your gutters and eaves. It’s best to have ice dams cleared right away if you notice them, or better yet, to have your roof cleared of snow before they are allowed to form.
Call for Residential & Commercial Snow Removal
For commercial and residential roof snow removal, you can count on your roofing experts here at Red Dog’s Roofing. As our name implies, we’re experienced with working on roofs, and we know our way around both sloped and flat roofs. When you trust our team, you can rest assured that your roof will be free from hazardous snow in no time. We can also remove ice dams, to ensure that water doesn’t pool on your roof and cause damage. If you’re in need of our roof snow removal after that last storm, we’re always here to help. Reach out to us today to schedule an appointment, or if you have any questions about our services. We provide roof snow removal services for our neighbors throughout Fitchburg, Leominster, Gardner, and the surrounding area, and we strive to provide same-day or next-day services.