Removing Snow From Roofs and CarportsBy: Carports, Tents and Sheds Staff Writers
Snow can be a beautiful site, until you get so much of it that it builds up and causes damage to your home or other structures. When it snows, most people think of heading out to their driveways to remove the snow quickly so they can get on with their lives as soon as the flakes stop falling, but one task that is sometimes overlooked and could be a recipe for disaster is forgetting to remove snow from roofs, carports, porch awnings and canopies.
If you have a flat roof on your home, garage, or carport, or have an awning or canopy, and live in an area prone to a lot of snow, or receive a lot of snow during one particular snowstorm, then it is important to remove snow from the carport roof or other flat roof on your home. Snow accumulation on flat roofs and carport roofs can cause the roofs to collapse, potentially causing damage or injury. One way to avoid potential disaster is to keep as much snow from accumulating as possible.
What is the best way to remove snow from a roof, carport, awning or canopy? Depending on the location of the roof or covering and how high up it is from the ground, you may want to climb up on a ladder and use a snow shovel, telescoping snow brush, snow rake, or even a broom to push or sweep the snow off of the roof. Extreme care must be taken when removing snow from a roof because the process of snow removal itself can be very dangerous. Be sure that if you climb up on a ladder you are wearing shoes with good traction and that you have someone who can hold the ladder steady. If it is very windy or the snow is falling hard and fast, it is best to not climb up on a ladder during those conditions.
Another way to remove snow from a flat roof if you have a window directly overhead is to push the snow off of the roof using a long handled broom or brush that is extended out the window. Do not lean too far out of the window and under no circumstances should you climb onto the roof itself while trying to remove the snow because this is too dangerous.
The process of removing snow from a roof , carport, awning or canopy can be dangerous in and of itself so it is important to always consider safety first. But, if you can find a way to safely remove snow from a roof or carport without causing potential injury to yourself in the process, then it is best to remove as much snow as possible to avoid the possibility that the roof will collapse under the weight of the snow. Doing so will keep your home and occupants safe so you can get on with the process of enjoying the snow as it falls.