3 Tips for Roof Snow Removal


Snow is piling up in the mountains and across Colorado’s front range. We know how tempting it can be to try to remove snow from your roof, especially when it’s a few feet high. While we don’t recommend climbing on your roof to remove snow, here are 3 tips for roof snow removal.

Why You May Consider Roof Snow Removal

Snow is quite heavy. When it piles up on your roof, the access weight can leave to pre-mature wear-and-tear on your shingles.

Additionally, ice-dams can build up. This occurs when the snow closest to your shingles begins to melt during the day but then freezes when temperatures drop at night. If your roof is large, this can mean hundreds of pounds of extra weight on your roof. Ice-dams too, often cause leaks.

1.) Don’t Remove Snow On Your Own

While none of our tips require climbing onto your roof, we still recommend that you never do anything roof related on your own.

Ask a family member or neighbor to help! The last thing you want to do is have a pile of snow fall on top of you – cold, dangerous, and a serious day-ruiner.

Of course, if you ever do need any help with your roof, the Columbine Roofing team is always here for you.

2.) Roof-Raking

While roof-raking may sound like a funny term, it isn’t all that different from the kind of raking you do in the fall.

You can purchase a roof rake at your local hardware store.

Even if you can’t reach the high points of your roof (from the ground), and roof rake does allow you to clear snow off of your roof’s overhanging sections. This is the most important, as the overhangs of your roof are the weakest.

Roof-raking does have it’s limitations.

For example, if you live in a two-story home, a roof rake will only help you clear the overhangs of the roof. Roof rakes are also less effective when snow is wet and slushy.

3.) Consider an Upgraded Attic Ventilation System

If you find yourself raking your roof often and/or still have ice-dams developing, it may be time to consider upgrading your attic ventilation system.

Effective attic ventilation systems efficiently filter warm air beneath your shingles, allowing for faster snow removal and melting. In addition, they can save you quite a bit of money on your monthly energy bill.

Call Columbine Roofing

We always recommend that you never do work on your roof. This protects your investment and of course, ensures that you’re safe.

Instead, call Columbine Roofing for all of your roofing needs. From repairs to new attic vent systems, our team is here for you all year!