snow removal

Snow Removal by Tecta America, what you can expect:

A professional roof snow removal service will help keep your commercial property safe to use throughout the winter season. Accumulating snow increases the risk of ice dams, roof damage, and leaks as well as injuries from ice falling on people walking by. You might consider clearing the roof yourself but this could do more harm than good as snow and ice removal is a highly specialized and dangerous job.



Benefits of Professional Roof Snow Removal Services

  • Protects your roof, property and you: Removing snow and ice from the roof is risky business. Without the right tools and experience, you could damage the roofing system or worse still, fall and injure yourself. Our professional snow and ice removal service has trained personnel and the right equipment to get the job done efficiently, correctly, and safely.
  • Reduces your liabilities: Snow and ice create slippery conditions which typically bring the risk of accidents and injuries not only to property occupants but visitors as well. An experienced snow and ice removal service will reduce the likelihood of these accidents and your liabilities.
  • Gives you peace of mind: You will have peace of mind knowing that your roof will be cleared of snow and ice in time, thus minimizing the risk of expensive repairs and early roof replacement as well as any injuries from falling snow and ice.
  • Preserve your roof’s lifespan: Snow and ice buildup can damage your shingles, gutters, and building structure (by causing leaks in your attic, ceiling, and walls). It may also block attic ventilation and result in unnecessarily high utility bills. Keeping your roof clear of snow and ice helps minimize winter damage and prolongs its use while improving your comfort and energy efficiency.
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Tecta America Snow Damage Commercial Roof

Snow Removal is a Critical Part of Commercial Roofing Maintenance

Questions to ask Regarding Snow on your Roof

What is the current snow load on your building?
With a big storm, roof weights can become a serious issue.

Are you continuously draining your roof?
Snowstorms and thawing make it critical that you clear all gutters and drains.

Has the ice been falling?
When ice forms on gutters and overhangs, there can be serious issues for anyone working or visiting your facility.

Has snow packed around the building?
Avoid moisture problems by keeping snow build-up away from outside building walls.

Is the roof leaking?
Leaks can happen in unusual places, have you checked potential sources?

Snow Weight on your Roof

Commercial building owners can expect between 31 and 86 inches of annual snowfall depending on their location. However, not all snow weighs the same amount.

Powdery snow weighs less than packed wet snow. Ice is heavier than both powdery and wet snow. Most buildings will be covered in all three types of frozen precipitation at random times during an average winter.

The weight of 10 to 12 inches of freshly fallen snow or 3 to 5 inches of packed snow equals the weight of one inch of water. And 1 inch of water exerts 5 pounds of pressure per square foot on your building’s roof according to the Insurance Institute for Business & Home Safety.

One inch of ice is equal in weight to a foot of fresh snow, or five pounds per square foot. One foot of ice weighs around 57 pounds per square foot.

As the snow melts and refreezes, a layer of ice may sit under a foot of fresh snow to make the snow load weigh around 10 pounds per square foot. Loads increase on roofs as fresh snow becomes packed and new snowfalls. Your roof may be supporting 60 pounds per square foot of roof when snow and ice accumulate on the surface.


Tecta America has the expertise to properly evaluate and execute a plan for your winter roofing needs. Contact our locations for more information.