Removing the Snow on Your Roof - Why it's Important

Updated: May 23, 2020

Northern Minnesota provides the great citizens of its area with a plethora of outdoor activities to take part in within its winter months. Whether it be ripping snowmobiles across the endless amount of beautiful trail systems this terrain provides, ice fishing upon one of the countless lakes within the area, or even trying your hand at strapping up the skates and playing a little stick and puck down at one of the local outdoor rinks - there are a number of items to indulge in and spend your time doing.

Though there are many benefits brought to the table when it comes to the winter of Northern Minnesota, with every positive comes a negative. Unfavorable circumstances the citizens of this area do have to enlist in consist of: snow plowing and/or shoveling driveways in order to use a vehicle, salting pathways as to not slip and break a leg, enduring the harshly cold mornings or nights when the trash has to be taken out, and the gruesome roads following or during a blizzard. All of these items along with a very important and often overlooked task not mentioned, are what there is to graciously look forward to.

And yep, you guessed it. The item not mentioned is removing the seemingly endless amount of snow that compiles throughout the season on your roof.

Why the snow on your roof should be removed

There are two main reasons why the snow on your roof should continuously be removed. Those reasons being:

1. Preventing against the formation of ice dams

- Ice dams can’t form without snow. The heat given off by your house, heats up the shingles and melts the snow that's residing upon your rooftop; the problem is, this melted snow has nowhere to drain. Ending up in the formation of a puddle that eventually freezes and causes an ice dam. If you’re able to prevent from this happening by having the roof snow removed in the first place, you’re far more likely to prevent your roof from leaking and damaging the inside of your home.

2. Preventing against a possible cave-in

As we've all experienced the joy of snow shoveling, you know that snow doesn't carry a light load; especially when it's dense and comes in high amounts. The amount of excessive weight pressure snow adds upon your roof is probably a lot heavier than you think, adding to the importance of getting it removed. As a rule of thumb, one square- foot of snow that’s one-inch in depth weighs about a pound.  If your roof has 12 inches of snow on it, that could easily amount to thousands of pounds of stress on your roof.  That’s not even counting the weight of any ice dams that may form as a result of leaving the snow on your roof; just one cubic foot of ice weighs 57 pounds, and a typical ice dam can weigh thousands of pounds. Minimizing the stress placed on your roof is a great way to minimize the risk of leaking and cave-ins.