In Pittsburgh, we’re no strangers to snowfall, therefore it’s essential to stay prepared for the times when snow piles up.  We need to ensure our roofs can handle the heavy snowfall without risking damage and it’s crucial to know the best practices for safely clearing snow from rooftops. Here are some helpful tips for effectively removing snow from your Pittsburgh roof, ensuring safety and structural integrity.

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Snow Rake

This tool is extremely useful when it comes to removing snow from your roof. Homeowners can purchase this handy tool at your local hardware store. A snow rake is a long aluminum pole, with a blade attached at the end. The rod is extended up on your roof and used to gently pull the snow off the edge, to the ground. Snow rakes should be used with caution. Here are some tips when using a snow rake.

  • Only use on first-floor homes. They are not intended to be used on second-story homes or those that can’t be safely reached. 
  • Be sure of your footing. Pulling snow from a rooftop can cause you to lose your balance. 
  • Begin pulling from the edge, and extend further back allowing minimal amounts of snow to be removed at a time. 
  • Pull gently. The goal is not to damage the roofing material under the snow.
  • Dress warmly. While you may begin to work up a sweat, remember it is still winter out there. Wear appropriate clothing to stay warm. 
  • Do not use a snow rake while on a ladder. Once again, you could lose your balance and become injured. 

Be Aware of the Weather

It is prudent to wear the proper amount of layers when it comes to snow removal. Hats, gloves, slip-proof boots, and a jacket are all smart options. Hypothermia and frostbite can occur quickly. Be aware of upcoming weather to know when it is wise to remove excess snow from your roof. 

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Remove Snow in Small Batches

Avoid trying to remove massive amounts of snow at once. As described above, use a snow rake to pull off snow from the edges, then extend further back for another pull. If you try to pull off massive amounts at once you may create an avalanche and bury yourself in a massive snow pile. 

Keep Some Snow on the Roof

While you may desire to get off as much snow as possible, keep in mind the integrity of the roofing material underneath. Your method of snow removal may scratch, rip, or damage the roofing material which will cause expensive repairs in the springtime. Use caution, and keep some snow on the roof for a protective barrier. 

Seek Professional Assistance

If damage has occurred from snow removal, it is best to contact a trusted and reliable roofing contractor for assistance. MHI Roofing has built a solid company on a reputation of being quality roofing experts delivering outstanding standards of excellence and attention to every detail.  We are committed to quality, integrity, and perfection. 

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