Roof Snow Removal

Winter Time, Snow and My Roof

Although it’s been warm lately, this snowy day reminds us that it’s still winter.

In recent blog posts, we’ve talked about ice damming problems on your roof. Click here to read more about how ice dams form.

Installing heat cable is one way to help prevent these problems from happening. Another option is to get up on your roof and shovel off the snow like this picture shows.

Excel Roofing’s owner, J Bretz, helped out a friend and shoveled the snow off his roof after a recent snow storm.

Removing the snow from the roof eliminates the risk of snow melt and water damage.Getting up on your roof can be a hassle, let Excel Roofing come remove the snow for you.

Call Excel Roofing today for roof snow removal or ice dam removal.


What Is a Snow Fence and Why Does My Roof Need One?

Remember those old cartoon gags where a pile of snow would slide off a roof and crash on to someone’s head?

Well, if Bugs Bunny had installed a snow fence on his roof perhaps Daffy Duck would have been spared a roof-born avalanche or two in his day.

20141204_122659_resizedA snow fence or snow guard is simply a barrier installed on the roof that keeps the snow from sliding off the roof.  When snow build up on a steep roof, the constant warming and freezing can actually create a dangerous and icy condition.

The snow can turn to ice, slide off the roof and fall off.

This could cause serious injury to anyone hit by this falling ice and snow.

The snow fence keeps the snow on the roof, melting away a little bit at a time but never falling off in one large chunk.

Often, a snow fence will be used in conjunction with heat cable.  The snow fence stops the roof avalanche while the heat cable prevents ice dams.

These two components work very well together.


The snow fence is installed from one end of the roof to the other.  Installing a snow fence just above a door or walkway is not a good idea.  If the snow fence doesn’t extend the length of the roof, the snow will actually build up on the edges of the fence.  The weight of this snow build up will cause the fence to fail.

Excel Roofing recommends two rows of fencing to stop any roof avalanches.

If your roof angle is greater than 30 degrees you should consider installing a snow fence.

Forget Snow Removal. Is It Possible To Get A Whole New Roof During Winter?

Roofing in the winter is tricky.

Snow and ice make roof inspections difficult and dangerous to perform. Installing a new roof in winter means keeping one eye on the weather report. Anticipating a good day to roof in winter becomes a bit more of an art form and less of a science.

The best, honest advice is to just wait until spring.

house in snowMost hail-damaged roofs will make it a few months without issues.

In fact, asphalt roofs will appear more damaged as the months roll by. This means when the insurance adjuster inspects the roof, the damage is crystal clear. Still, some roofs just have to be done in winter.

The replacement simply cannot wait until spring. If that’s the case then there are some aspects of winter roofing to keep in mind.

Things to Know, First

First and foremost, the weather needs to be warm enough for shingle adhesives to cure and set properly.

Asphalt shingles are nailed into place and an adhesive is applied to completely seal them to the roof. If the adhesive does not cure properly, the wind will blow the shingles off the sealant and allow rain and moisture to get between the decking and shingle.

That is a recipe for a roof leak.

Great care needs to be taken when installing an asphalt shingle roof. Asphalt shingles tend to get brittle in cold weather. The act of nailing them to the roof can cause them to weaken or crack. Some shingle manufacturers require a specific adhesive to be used when roofing in cold weather.

Failure to follow these procedures could void the warranty!

Ice Dams

Ice dams are a common wintertime problem. Ice dams form at the edge and are caused by poor attic ventilation. The snow melts, runs off the roof and re-freezes at the edge of the roof. The buildup of ice forms an ice dam.

To combat this issue, ice and water shield is installed to protect the roof from leaks and damage. The ice and water shield also needs a warmer temperature to make sure the adhesive properly sets.

Tile roofs and metal roofs can be installed if the weather is cold. There aren’t any adhesives that need to set when doing a tile or metal roof. The only restriction is moisture. The roof needs to be dry, so if the roof is snowy or icy it will have to wait until the snow and ice have melted away.

If you have a roof that absolutely needs to be replaced in the winter, the key is to be patient. The weather can be unpredictable and your roof may need to be rescheduled a time or two. Wait for the right window of weather to get your roof replaced. Above all, hire a roofing company that has experience roofing in the winter.

At Excel Roofing, we roof all year long. So if your roof needs replacement this winter, give us a call and we will make sure it is done right.

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