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The Best Practices for Snow and Ice Removal on Commercial Roofs

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Snow-covered roofs make for such beautiful winter scenery, but unfortunately it can also wreak havoc on a Connecticut commercial roofing system. Sloped roofs are less likely to accumulate snow, especially if they are made of materials such as metal shingles, which allows it to slip down. But on a flat roof, snow tends to accumulate and it can put a lot of pressure on its structure if it is not removed quickly.

Snow and ice removal tips:

The amount of snow and ice a roof can support depends on many factors, including the type of roof and the age and condition of its structure. But a good rule to keep in mind is that you should remove thick layers of snow and ice from the roof as soon as possible.

You can prevent ice formation on your roof by cleaning the gutters and eves after each winter storm. Do not use the ladder in snowy or icy conditions, as it can be extremely dangerous. That’s why you should leave this job to professional roofers.

If the flat roof is easily accessible by an internal staircase, feel free to go up there and use a broom to remove the snow, while being very careful not to damage the cover membrane. Make sure to keep a safe distance from the roof’s edges while you work.

To also remove the ice formed on the surface of the roof, it is best to install a de-icing system that will melt it automatically.