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Roofing in Surrey and Croydon: Importance of Properly Removing Snow

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Date Posted: March 4, 2015

According to the Met Office, while the U.K. is currently experiencing dry weather, snow and cold weather is coming, and Harry Redhead for Metro.co.uk reported that: "Forecasters say the cold weather is expected to last throughout March with the country likely to see more frost and snow until April brings warmer temperatures of up to 21C". This would mean that snow can build up on roofing in Surrey, Croydon, or other areas, and the removal of snow will become a concern.

It may sound counterintuitive, but completely removing snow from the surface of a roof could actually lead to serious damage to the roof covering and may potentially lead to leaks and other issues. While in most cases, it is better to leave the snow alone, an excess build-up of snow can be more damaging. The weight puts stress on the roof and will weaken the structure. Additionally, if this mass build-up melts, it can cause water seepage that can lead to a number of problems like water damage or rot.

Homeowners are advised to avoid using any mechanical equipment and make use of a non-metallic rake instead. This is to avoid damages to the roofing material. The ideal method is to start from the edge using downward strokes while trying to scrape the snow along the bottom. Again, it is important to not completely clean the roof of snow as this may damage the shingles or the covering; however, those with flat roofs may completely clear their roof of snow.

Removing snow from the roof should be done before it can cause any serious damage. When the snow melts, the water can run down the roof, refreeze, and end up clogging the gutters. If this is left alone, the water can seep into the shingles, specifically the cracked or damaged ones, and leak into the house. Homeowners should make sure to check their roof especially when snow starts to fall and make sure that snow is not building up.

Snow removal from roofing in Croydon or Surrey homes can be done by the homeowner, but it must be done with utmost care. One mistake can harm not just the roof, but the person as well. Roofing companies such as Brunwin Professional Roofing Services have experience in roofing and can help in repairs in case the snow does damage to the roof.

(Source: Do's and don'ts for safely removing snow from your roof, Property Casualty 360, March 2, 2015)