You probably know that it's important to keep snow from piling up in your driveway. But, did you know that snow can wreak havoc on the top of your home as well.
Accumulating snow can put a great strain on the roof of your home. This effect is particularly pronounced on homes with flatter roofs, as more snow is likely to get trapped on them.
It's important to remove snow from your roof, but it's also critical that you stay safe while doing this. So, how should you proceed?
Call a Professional
It is always best to hire a contractor to remove snow. Most roofing contractors offer this type of service. And if more than a foot of snow accumulates on your roof, they might even be required to do it.
Quick snow removal is imperative for any building with a flat roof, in particular. However, removing snow yourself is very risky. Avoid it when possible. Instead, contact your roofer to see if they offer snow removal services.
Sometimes, snow banks build along the edges of the roof. When snow blows around the roof, it is very common for large drifts to hang over the side of the home. When this happens, it puts a significant amount of pressure on the edges of the roof and nearby gutters. In this situation, it is best to call in a professional to remove the snow - as it can be quite heavy and cause injuries if it falls.
What Are the Risks?
There are two main reasons to remove snow from rooftops. First, it can cause a liability risk. Falling snow can cause significant injury. Your home insurance may help cover these risks. However, you do not want to put other people at risk.
Second, the weight of snow can cause damage to your home's structure. This includes the roof and gutters. Removing snow relieves this pressure. In some cases, home insurance will cover this type of damage. However, if you do not take action soon enough to remove the snow, your insurance may deny coverage.
Work with a roofing contractor to safely remove snow from your roof as necessary. Also, update your home insurance now. If you need assistance, one of our insurance agents can help. Contact TCU Insurance today for more information.