SHOULD I SHOVEL MY ROOF?
Read What the experts say:
Snow accumulation on a sloped roof should not be a concern—but roofing contractors, weather forecasters, and the media tell a different story. They encourage homeowners to remove snow accumulation to prevent building collapses. Plus, roofing contractors and landscapers recommend roof snow removal because they charge outrageous amounts of money for this service. Many times, the snow removal causes damage to the roof by breaking shingles and poking holes in wall flashing. The result: expensive repairs or replacement in the spring.
Contractor Waivers For Snow Removal
Many snow removal companies have property owners sign a waiver, so that they’re not responsible for damage. Why would they need this if they tell you not to worry?
Eric Lui, a professor of structural engineering and mechanics at Syracuse University, says a roof built according to state building codes should be able to withstand the weight of any snow accumulation. Click here
Ask yourself a few questions before you proceed with a snow removal company. During the blizzard of 1978, no one shoveled snow from their roofs. There were not any building collapses except for buildings dilapidated by neglect. Homes built after 1975 meet required building codes for snow loads. Homes built before this time have weathered more than 40 years of winter weather without issue.
If someone tries to convince you to remove the snow from your roof because of a possible building collapse, why would they put the weight of workers on this roof and risk lives? Workers can fall through unseen skylights, too.
Ken Hellevang, an agricultural engineer at North Dakota State University, reminds homeowners to not be too hasty to shovel the snow off their own roofs. Most roofs can handle the snow load of a typical winter. Click here
All the information above is a courtesy and is not legal advice. If you have technical questions about your home’s snow loads, contact a structural engineer instead of a greedy roofing contractor looking to make a fast dollar.
Related: Learn more about how to stop ice dams.