TOM: A snow-covered roof might make for a charming winter scene, but it could also lead to a dangerous collapse. Hi, I’m Tom Kraeutler.
LESLIE: And I’m Leslie Segrete with today’s Money Pit Home Improvement Minute.
TOM: Protect your home by keeping up with rooftop snow removal. A little sunshine and above freezing temperatures will certainly help, but you can speed up the process with the right tools and a little muscle.
LESLIE: A sloped roof can usually be cleared from the ground. You want to avoid using metal tools, which can get caught on your shingles and cause damage. And instead use snow cutters or snow rakes, which are specially designed for the job.
TOM: Throughout the season, keep gutters and downspouts clear so that they can carry away melting snow and minimize ice damage.
LESLIE: Finally, inside your home watch for any signs of leaks, water damage, or weak spots in your roof that need attention before the next snowfall. I’m Leslie Segrete.
TOM: And I’m Tom Kraeutler. For more Money Pit Home Improvement Tips, visit moneypit.com.
Will snow slide off tarps placed over my 6/12 pitched roof in my log cabin? Living in Alaska, I typically have a large snow load each winter and want to avoid damage.