Living in New England can be beautiful when you consider all of the beautiful seasons we can witness here in the northeast. From warm summers with lush green grass and colorful flowers to crisp fall with autumn foliage and the glistening snow-covered winters – there’s something to love about every season. That is unless you own a home and quickly realize there are upkeep and demands you’ll be faced with to ensure your property is protected and safe.
Winters can be some of the hardest months on our homes. In addition to strong winds, heavy snowfalls, and bitter cold temps, we can see storms that dump several feet of snow onto the state. During these times homeowners are urged to take careful action to remove the load off their roofs so it’s not baring down on the structure.
Here are a few tips for getting snow off your roof safely in Connecticut.
The first thing you want to do is invest in a snow rake. This tool will extend up to the roof several feet so you can pull down some of the snow without having to get up on the roof or a ladder to reach it. While snow loads could lead to a roof caving in if it is excessive, you don’t need to completely clean every inch of it off the roof when cleaning it. Just enough to lighten the load will do wonders.
Keep in mind that while reaching up for snow to pull down, you should be aware of your surroundings, other helpers on the ground, and where you are standing, and be sure you are not pulling a giant heavy load of snow down onto yourself or anyone and causing harm.
So many people are fatally injured each winter trying to climb up on the roof. You should always find a way to get relief for the roof from ground level or consider calling in a professional. These contractors have the skills and tools needed to properly remove snow from your roof without you having to risk your limbs.
If you suspect your roof has been damaged after a snow storm, call JS and R Roofing. We offer commercial and residential roofing services in Connecticut and can help keep your home safe, protected, and looking great.