Preparing and Protecting Your Roof from Heavy Snow


There’s nothing quite as magical as a fresh snowfall. It’s always a beautiful sight and makes for a great time snuggling up indoors. Not to mention, the incredible snow is one of the many things that draws people from all over the world to Utah! Before you take your seat by the fire however, it will be important to put some thought into the health of your roof and whether or not it’ll be vulnerable to collapsing because of the snow.

And we’re here to help! We’ll share tips to follow each winter for preparing your roof for winter, as well as preventative measures to keep your roof from collapsing after heavy snowfall.

Preparing Your Roof for Winter

  •   Have it professionally inspected: They’ll be able to give you an accurate reading on the state of your roof and let you know whether or not it needs any repairs.
  •   Inspect your roof from the ground: You can give your roof a once over from the ground to see if it has any signs of aging or any damage.
  •   Check your downspouts and gutters: It’s not just the roof that needs to be looked at, it’s your downspouts and gutters too. Make sure they’re firmly attached to your home and that they will be able to properly dispose of melting snow.

After you’ve prepared your roof, there are a few things you can do to prevent your roof from collapsing after a snowstorm.

Preventing Roof Collapses After Heavy Snowfall

  •   Keep a snow rake on hand: This can help you to safely remove snow and ice from your roof.
  •   Be extra careful with ice: Falling ice and ice dams can be super dangerous. Call a professional to have it removed rather than doing it yourself.
  •   Know your snow: While light and fluffy snow won’t have a huge impact on your roof, wet and heavy snow could be dangerous. Consider what kind of snow is falling and be sure to handle it accordingly.

Even if you take all of these steps, some things are out of your control and your home could be damaged in a snowstorm or another type of weather event. This is why it’s so important to ensure your home insurance coverage offers you adequate protection for events such as these. If you’d like to discuss your home insurance coverage in Utah, we’re on standby to help. Contact us today.

By Creed Anderson

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