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Do I Need to Remove Snow From My Roof This Winter?

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Here in the greater Chicago area, we’re no strangers to snow, averaging around 37 inches per year. But how much is too much for your home? Do you really need to remove snow from your roof or can you just wait for it to melt?

Knowing the answer can make all the difference in protecting your home all winter long. Winter is coming and it’s time to prepare. Continue reading to learn why it’s important to remove snow from your roof and when it’s time to call in the help of a professional. 

Why You Need to Remove Snow From Your Roof

When snow sits on your roof, it poses two threats: excess weight that puts stress on your roof and the formation of ice dams. 

Excess Weight

Snow is heavier than it seems, especially when all of that weight is spread across the area of your roof. If there’s ice sitting on your roof as well, there’s a real risk that the weight will be too much for your roof to handle. 

If not removed, eventually this extra weight will increase the risk of leak formations or even a complete collapse. It’s best not to take that risk. Instead, have the snow removed before serious issues arise. Make sure to check your attic for any spots that indicate a leak.

Ice Dams

Ice dams are frozen ridges that form around the edge of your roof. This happens when your attic is poorly ventilated and insulated, which allows heat to escape from your home. When it does, the snow on your roof melts and then refreezes, causing these dams. Don’t put more work on your furnace during the cold months. Ice dams can damage your roof and your gutters, putting your home’s structural integrity at risk.

When Is It Time to Schedule Snow Removal?

So, as you can see, failing to remove snow from your roof is risky. But, attempting to remove it yourself is also dangerous. Instead, hire a professional roofing company that has the right safety equipment to remove it for you. Here are a few signs that it’s time to get your removal on the books. 

After a Heavy Snowfall

We recommend removing snow from your roof if you notice more than six inches of accumulation. The next time a big storm rolls through that dumps several inches of snow, go ahead and call the Bak Brothers team to remove it. 

When Your Home Makes Strange Noises

In some cases, your home will literally tell you when it’s time to remove snow. After a snowstorm, keep your ears open as you move around your home. If you hear creaking, popping, or other “strained” noises, it could be a sign that the excess weight from the snow is taking a toll on your home. 

When You See Damage Inside Your Home

If you leave too much snow on your roof for too long, you may start to see signs of damage inside your home. At the first sign of water spots or cracks in your drywall, call your favorite local roofing company before things get worse. 

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Now that you know why it’s important to remove snow from your roof and when to do it, be sure to keep an eye out this winter. If you notice any of the signs we mentioned above, don’t hesitate to call the Bak Brothers team for assistance.
We can safely remove the snow from your roof and inspect the area for signs of damage before more serious issues arise. Want to learn more? Contact us to chat with our team and set up a free consultation.

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