How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof

How to Safely Remove Snow from Your Roof

Snow. It’s pretty when it falls, but it certainly can create more work on the household chore front, from shoveling the driveway and paths to clearing gutters. But what about the house? Is it safe to remove snow from your roof?

The Syracuse Advance reported in 2015 that it might not be necessary to remove snow from your roof; an engineering professor, Eric Lui, explained that “a roof built to state building codes should be able to withstand the weight of any snow that could accumulate on it.” The professor added that walking on the roof only adds more weight.  

FEMA—the Federal Emergency Management Agency—states that removing snow completely from a roof can cause damage, and it suggest leaving at least two inches of snow.

But if you are concerned about the amount of the white stuff atop your home, there are some suggested methods of removing snow from your roof.

FEMA suggests starting at the ridge and moving toward the eave for gable and sloped roofs, and also to move the snow in the direction of the primary structural elements; this prevents unbalanced snow loading. FEMA also says not to use mechanical snow removal equipment or metal shovels, and instead use plastic.

The safest way to remove snow from your roof may be to let nature take its course. 

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