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Flat Roof Snow Removal

While a flat roof offers many advantages, during winter, this type of roof becomes a repository for snow. This is because its flat design does not allow snow to fall off. As a result of this, flat roof snow removal has to be part of your roof maintenance plan. Failure to remove the snow on time can lead to myriad structural problems.
Considering there is a risk of frostbites when climbing a ladder in the cold and an even higher risk of falling, hiring a professional to help with flat roof snow removal in Hamilton, Burlington or Mississauga is the best decision you can make.
There are also alternative methods that don’t force you to get on the roof such as installing heating cables to melt the snow.

When is Flat Roof Snow Removal Necessary?

A good rule when it comes to the removal of snow from a flat roof is to clear it after every 6 inches of snowfall. Doing so will prevent too much snow from piling on your roof. You will also not deal with the issue of ice dams forming or your roof caving-in.
However, if you have never had an ice damage and your only concern is keeping the roof from collapsing, you might want to calculate the snow load on your roof. Most roofs are designed to hold up 20 pounds per square foot. This is according to modern building codes. Older structures and those with a flat roof may struggle under this weight. You also have to bear in mind that not all snowstorms are the same.
To calculate the snow load on the roof, you need to assume that each inch deep of snow is equivalent to 1.25 pounds. With that in mind, the formula will be: (S x 1.25 = P). S is the depth in inches of the snow whereas P is the pounds per square foot the roof supports. With that in mind, if the snow has a depth of 9 inches, then the calculation will be 9 x 1.25. The weight per square foot is 11.25 pounds.

What Happens if I Don’t Remove Snow Off My Flat Roof?

Failure to remove snow from a flat roof may lead to the following problems:
  • Cracks and crevices due to ice damming
  • Buckling of the roof’s joists and trusses
  • Leaks due to ponding when snow melts
  • Buckling or bowing walls or beams
  • Safety concerns caused by icicles
  • Collapsed roof

How Much Does Flat Roof Snow Removal Cost?

For a house of about 2,500 square feet, the cost of flat roof snow removal in Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga is between $100 and $300. The price will vary depending on the location and square footage of your home. Some professionals may also charge more than others.

Should I Call the Professionals to Remove Snow from my Flat Roof?

Removing snow from the roof is a slippery undertaking. This makes the whole undertaking risky. Hiring a professional to remove snow from your flat roof will not only keep you safe but also ensure the work is done properly. A professional will also be able to let you know if there are any damages on the roof that need to be addressed immediately.
Contact D’Angelo & Sons – Best roofing company in Hamilton for all your roofing needs. Call us now (905) 387-3000 if you are looking for flat roof snow removal in Hamilton, Burlington and Mississauga.
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BM
BM
16:15 20 Mar 19
I contacted them for a "Free Inspection" of my roof as I needed a minor repair from wind damage. The free inspection is actually $150 plus HST upfront which can be credited towards any repairs. Booked appointment and crew showed up a couple weeks later. Very good to deal with and thorough in their inspection. What came next was a bit of a shock. $500 quote for repairs on top of the $150 I already paid as they have a "minimum" charge. (They were on my roof for about 10 minutes). Never was this mentioned in any of the conversations I had with them. I could have refused, but they were already there ready to do my repairs and I wanted it done. Workmanship was great, but just be aware and ask questions about the "free inspection" and minimum fees before agreeing to any repairs.
Debbie Lavides
Debbie Lavides
13:15 06 Mar 19
We recently made the decision to fully replace our roof after losing many shingles to a windstorm. D'Angelo & Sons was very prompt in their response to our query and we had an appointment for an estimate a few days later. David was great; he was punctual and friendly. He patiently explained to us the condition of our roof and showed us pictures so we could see for ourselves. We feel secure in our decision in choosing D'Angelo & Sons for our new roof.
Mohammed Almakadi
Mohammed Almakadi
02:06 14 Apr 19
Jeremie Demirci has provided me with the best experience. He is very humble, knowledgable and patient. He came on time and took all the time I needed to show my around my house to explain what is needed and what the best options will be. He helped me check into my attic after honestly explaining what the current standards are with regards to attic insulation and how this will help me in the future in terms of house temperature and shingles longevity. He was not pushing me into any decision and my wife and I felt very happy with the experience so far. I will follow-up with another review after completion.Follow-up:I went with custom shingles. The order took longer than expected and once they started, the installation was again longer than expected because they needed to have experienced roofers because of the shingles I went with. I ended up waiting longer for the job to be completed because the order was many shingles short and they placed another delivery order.The guys did a great job despite all the delays, but the cleaning after for pieces of old broken shingles and nails was not at the expected level and until today April 12, 2019 my kids still pick these things up around the house!!! They broke one of my trees with one of their ladders. I would rate them as 3-4 at this point. Will update when I use their maintenance service they promised to provide.
Daniel DiSabatino
Daniel DiSabatino
17:53 27 Apr 19
Sales Manager David Vandeburg was very knowledgeable and professional. His experience and expertise was especially helpful in our decision to have D'Angelo & Sons do our roofing project. David even did some emergency repairs on our current roof to hold us over until they could come and put on the new shingles.
Sherri Harper
Sherri Harper
02:42 20 Nov 18
When we set out to replace our roof this year, we vowed not to make the same mistakes we did the first time. We researched, asked multiple questions, and Glenn was always there for us and happy to answer any questions we had. There are many, many roofers out there, and choosing D'Angelo was the best choice we could have made. The crew was pleasant and efficient, and also happy to answer any question. We would highly recommend D'Angelo to anyone that asks. I'll be calling Glenn in the spring to discuss our eaves and fascia!
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