Do I need to remove snow from my roof and if so how?

With a light snow, there is no need to remove it. But in the event of very heavy snow, it may be advisable because two feet of snow on the average-sized roof can be the equivalent of 38,000 pounds, or 19 tons, which can cause stress on your home's structure. And the melting and re-freezing process can cause ice dams to form.

Never get up on a snow-covered roof. Instead use a roof rake. A roof rake has an extended handle, which enables you to pull snow off the roof from the safety of the ground.

To remove snow, start from the edge and work your way into the roof using downward strokes. Try to to scrape the snow along the bottom of the roof, shaving two or three inches off. There's no need to scrape the roof entirely clean, as this will risk damage to your roof shingles or other roof covering.

Always use a roof rake from the ground, NEVER stand on a ladder. If you need more length, either buy extension poles or a longer rake. Be extra cautious near any electrical lines as most rakes contain metal and would conduct electricity.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

Check your state and local codes before starting any project. Follow all safety precautions. Every effort has been made to ensure the accuracy and safety of this information. Neither Westlake nor any contributor can be held responsible for damages or injuries resulting from the use of the information in this document.

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