Watch Your Roof After It Snows

As severe winter weather spreads across the country, heavy snow can put a strain your roof, leaving your property at risk of costly damage.

The National Weather Service (NWS) has issued a blizzard warning as far west as Colorado and as far northeast as Wisconsin. As a result, residents throughout the Rockies and Midwest could see significant amounts of snow on Wednesday through Friday.

If heavy snow is left on your roof, it can result in costly water damage, or even cause your roof to collapse. Safely remove snow from your roof by using the following guidance from the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety (IBHS).

Find additional resources to prevent roof damage during severe winter weather at http://disastersafety.org/freezing_weather/prevent-roof-collapse/.

SAFELY REMOVE SNOW ON YOUR ROOF

Snow removal equipment meant for pavement should never be used on the roof since they can damage the roof cover system.
Stay grounded. Use a snow rake with a long extension arm that will allow you to remove the snow while standing on the ground.
You are likely not a tightrope walker, so don’t use a roof rake while on a ladder.

Hire a snow removal contractor if you feel uncomfortable removing snow from your roof. Look for an established, licensed and bonded professional. Be sure to check references, and ask to see the contractor’s certificates of insurance.

Visit DisasterSafety.org for more information about how to make your buildings more resistant to a variety of disasters, large and small. Follow IBHS on Twitter at @DisasterSafety and on Facebook.


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