Snow. You can do all sorts of neat things with snow. We love it for snowmobiles and skiing. We hate it for sidewalks, driving and roofs. Nothing says “frozen fun” like shoveling snow off of your sidewalk, your car, and ultimately your roof. If you live in snow country, you can’t avoid it so you have to learn how to adapt – efficiently. If you have enough snow on your roof eaves of your house for a long enough time, you will end up with ice dams. Ice dams do just that – they back up water that piles up on your roof. It ultimately finds it’s way under your shingles and comes through your sheeting, the insulation, and the sheet rock on your ceiling making nice brown blotches. If left unchecked, it can run down the inside of your walls and soak more insulation. In the springtime, that becomes a mold storage center. Lovely. So, if you have snow in a quantity that can build up, it is fairly likely that you will have ice dams.
What can you do? Well, remove the snow, of course. You can climb on your roof yourself and be careful to not step through a skylight (which would really suck in the winter)and chop up your frozen shingles by stabbing your roof with a shovel like an idiot as you pry big blocks of snow to the edge. You can hire somebody to do it and hopefully you won’t get a bozo who chops up your shingles and steps through a skylight because he doesn’t know where those obstacles are. Or, you can hire somebody for a really steep roof and explain to them that they need to straddle the continuous roof-vent-cap. They will then ignore you and flatten out that 50 foot long piece of formed aluminum as if you said nothing at all (my own experience with roof snow removers). Hiring someone may mean that you will be hiring someone new to fix the roof in the spring.
I’ve gotten to the point where I really don’t like to hire much anymore. If I can, I much prefer to do my own work. Owning a resort and growing up on it, I continue to spend my fair share of time on roofs. Fortunately, we usually have a ton of snow, because I have fallen off while removing snow and really lucked out. It’s a sickening feeling until you stop. Landing in a big pile of snow is fun, unless there is like a barbecue grill or a picnic table underneath it. Then, it’s far less fun.
Being able to remove snow off the roof with a tool that lets you stand on the ground is a really great thing. Roof Razors make it easy and faster to get the snow off. You don’t need to find a ladder. Just put the handle together and peck away at it. If the snow is light and fluffy, the Roof Razor will out-perform a shovel with ease. Slide it up and watch the snow come down. On more settled, compressed snow, you just have to peck at it to establish a path for the Roof Razor and down it comes, too! The plastic wheels keep the Roof Razor from damaging your shingles and helps to guide the cutting bar in a straight line. You can watch the video and see all the people making use of the Roof Razor. There is the regular sized Dynamo and the much larger Titan version. Titan will take down a lot more snow at once, but you will have to work a tad harder in some conditions. In some cases, faster is better or at least, desired. For all other cases, the Dynamo will bring down a bunch of snow but will require more passes. That will make it a tad slower in regards to snow volume but easier for some folks to do for exactly that reason. In either case, I recommend pecking at the snow with smaller stabs and you’ll end up cleaning that roof off in no time.
Here’s the video:
Len Katauskas from Ely, Minnesota jumped on and developed a great idea to make snow removal a lot safer. It’s an investment that will pay for itself in one snowstorm. Be safe!