Updated 01/06/2013 06:34 PM
Controlling roof snow and ice buildup
It’s only early January, but already, icicles and snow buildups are a concern for homes and businesses. YNN's Carmella Mataloni has some helpful tips that can prevent thousands of dollars of damage to your roof.
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WATERTOWN, N.Y. -- When you live in an area where snow is no stranger, you can find it piled up on more than just the streets. While the icicles may look like a nice winter decoration, they are actually dangerous to your home.
"It's very important to keep snow and ice off your roof. If you don't, it adds a lot of weight to your roof. It tears your roof up, you can have holes in the shingles, I mean, it could leak. It's a big mess," said Cynthia Fluno, Home Depot Garden Associate.
"It creates what we call an ice dam. Which backs water up and the water can't enter the structure or the home," said Stanley Tibbles, owner of Ken Tibbles Roofing.
Roof contractors say if ice at your house starts looking brown or off color that means water is already starting to back up.
"It's starting to clean the dirt and dust out of the inside of the house and running down the house, so that can be very damaging," said Tibbles.
You can call a professional to get the snow off or with a few tools you can do a lot of the work yourself.
Roofers and workers here at Home Depot says that if you're going to remove the snow from your roof on your own, it's important to have one of these roof rakes in order to save your home from the damage the winter weather brings.
"Try to keep it off the house as far as you can reach to the eave area. But don't wait until it builds up or gets really heavy. When you shovel your walks, rake your roof," said Tibbles.
"All you have to do is pop them out, assemble them and you're good to go. It keeps the extra weight off your roof," said Fluno.
With a couple months left in the winter season, it’s a sure bet that more snow will pile onto rooftops