Snow Removal on a Roof

Posted by in Buying/Maintaining a Home, Roof, Snow Loads, Winter Concerns | January 09, 2017

We have had a few articles regarding removing snow from a roof.

Here is our latest.  It’s a long overdue follow-up to Chalk Up Another Victory Over Ice Damming where I discussed buying a roof rake.

Here is the application:

Figure 1 Snow raking.

Figure 1 Snow raking.

Figure 2 The final result of raking.

Figure 2 The final result of raking.

Figure 3 The final result of raking.

Figure 3 The final result of raking.

One caution – the remaining snow accumulation should be relatively equal on the opposing or opposite roof slopes to avoid an overload due to an uneven distribution of the weight of ice and snow.  Maintaining an equal loading during the removal process may require partial removal from one slope and then the other, that is, alternating from slope to slope to maintain a relatively equal remaining accumulation.

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