Homeowner Safety, Farm Safety, Commercial Safety - Snow Removal
Snow Removal and Your Roof
With winter comes the threat of snow. Heavy snow can lead to accumulations of snow on roofs. Much residential construction may be able to carry the 'load' from this snow. Keep an eye on your house. Look for new cracks in drywall, usually near corners of doorways. If you have inside doors that won't close, that normally do except for seasonal changes and humidity, your home may be carrying a heavy load. You may also find that other structures, such as barns or detached garages may be more susceptible to collapse.
First, and most importantly, BE SAFE, when it comes to clearing snow from your roof. Removing snow from your roof is dangerous. You can be hurt falling from your roof, or pedestrians or bystanders could be hurt.
For residences and smaller roofs, the use of a specially designed snow rake may help remove snow while keeping you safe on the ground. If you choose to remove the snow yourself with a snow rake, be careful to not actually rake down to the shingles and damage your roof.
If you do clear your roof, be careful to leave the last layer of ice or snow. However, care must be taken to not actually rake down to the shingles or there is a good chance of shingle damage.
Consider finding a qualified contractor to help you with snow removal. Remember, snow removal can be hazardous. Some tips to keep in mind when selecting a contractor.
- Look for an established, licensed or bonded roofing contractor. Ask for references and call them up.
- Ask to see certificates of insurance. Make sure that both liability and workers' compensation insurance coverage is carried and in-force while work is being done.
- Insist on a detailed, written estimate that clearly states the quantity of materials needed, labor charges, work specifications (including approximate starting and completion dates) and payment procedures.
- Carefully review and understand any warranty and watch for conditions that would void it.
- Be skeptical about lowest bids or those considerably lower than others written for the same job. Many contracts seem attractive because of low bids; however, they may be uninsured and might perform substandard work. If it looks too good to be true, it probably is.
Contact your local Better Business Bureau to check for complaints filed against the contractor.
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