New England has been struck by a number of major snowstorms in the past few years that have resulted in building failures and other catastrophic events. As a result, FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) has prepared a set guidelines for the benefit of property owners, building/facility managers, homeowners, emergency managers and others to use in the event of a snow emergency. The agency prepared a document (see link below) that discusses mitigating damage to roof systems from excessive snow weight.
Facts on Snow & Ice Dam Removal
When a home or roof shows signs of stress from snow (i.e. cracks in walls, doors and windows sticking), or if you begin noticing leaks due to the buildup of snow and ice, we are experienced at removing snow from your roof. We will remove snow from key portions of your roof, or in some cases your entire roof.
Ice dams are a dangerous effect of poorly insulated attics and roofs. Ice dams form when attic temperatures melt the snow on the roof, which then turns to ice when cooler night temperatures arrive. Ice dams can also form from the backup of ice in your gutters. Ice dams are dangers, and can cause damage to shingles and result in a roof leaks. We perform ice dam removal and offer key advice to help to reduce prevent ice dams from forming in the future.
Olympic Roofing on Snow & Ice Dam Removal
Snow Removal using Roof Rake
Using a roof rake is the easiest and safest way to remove snow from a roof. As with any roofing job, there are always safety concerns. If you need the advice of a professional please give us a call.
Ice Dam Cause
Ice dams are caused by heat escaping into the attic and warming the underside of the shingles which causes the snow and ice to melt. When the water drips to the edge of the roof which is not heated it freezes creating an ice dam.