The Dos & Don’ts of Rooftop Snow Removal

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The True Temper 17-ft Aluminum Extendable Roof Rake; $50, Lowes.com. Photo provided.

The True Temper 17-ft Aluminum Extendable Roof Rake; $50, Lowes.com. Photo provided.

With post-blizzard cleanup on the mind, the City of Boston reminds us that one cubic foot of dry snow weighs about seven pounds, while a cubic foot of wet snow weighs anywhere from 12 to 18 pounds. While most roofs are designed to handle excess snow, there’s potential for structural damage, with large, flat roofs posing the greatest risk.

The city has guidelines for safe rooftop snow removal, mostly advising that you not go at it alone. Hire a professional if your roof was among the hard hit, or at the very least, venture out with a neighbor.

You can find the city’s complete guidelines here, but in short, here’s how to get rid of the snow:

DOs
DON’Ts

Safe shoveling, Boston.

Source URL: https://www.bostonmagazine.com/property/2015/01/27/how-to-clear-snow-roof/