Preparing Your Roof for Heavy Snowfall

Published on November 20th, 2017

It’s the most wonderful time of the year, winter. With winter comes heavy snowfall and ice. These conditions can cause damage to your home, especially the roof. Here are some tips for protecting your roof from heavy snowfall and ice.

Clean your gutters and your roof

This prevents ice damage from forming. There are also different tips for cleaning off a flat roof versus a sloped roof. If you have an easily accessible flat roof, for example through a stairway, consider shoveling, but be careful not to damage the roof. If you have any concerns about going on the roof, ask professionals for help.

What if I have a sloped roof?

For sloped roofs use a roof rake to stand on the ground and pull the snow off the roof with rake. Not all of the snow will come off, but get as much as you can. If you can’t reach the roof or feel uncomfortable doing so, consider getting help from a professional.  

Avoid a ladder if there is snow or ice

When cleaning off your roof, avoid using a ladder. The snowy and icy conditions can makes using a ladder unsafe. For these cases, it is best to consult a professional.

Don’t let it build up

The amount of snow your roof can support varies depending on how old the roof is and the type. Overall, a good rule is to not let more than a foot of snow and ice on your roof. If there is more than a foot of snow, it is best to remove.  


Hopefully these tips will help you take better care of your roof this winter. If you have any questions contact us today at 1-844-77-vLoan today!

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