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Tips for Winterizing Your Roof

Winter is one of the most magical times of the year. But, with holidays on the horizon and cozy fires to snuggle up to, it’s almost easy to forget how rough winter can be on your home! Even if you don’t necessarily live in an area with excess or high snowfall, the moisture and cold will still affect your roof.

The buildup of frozen or extremely cold moisture could lead to rotting or damage that requires heavy repairs or a replacement; worst case scenario, it leads to a collapse! Mitigation of damage starts with the homeowner, so here are a few tips from your local roofing company to aid in winterizing your roof.

Keeping Your Roof Winter-Ready

It’s crucial to get your home ready before the cold and damp winter hits, even if you have a sturdy heating and cooling system. Prepping for winter should cover your whole house, but especially your roof.

1. Gutter Cleaning

Cleaning your gutters is one of the most basic pieces of advice we can give, as your gutters are one of the most critical parts of directing water away from your home. If they get clogged or covered in debris, it’s only a matter of time before it starts to rot out the edges of your roof or water begins pooling.

Clogged or frozen gutters can cause damage to your attic, foundation, and the general structural integrity of your home. Your yard and home will suffer if your gutters aren’t cleaned out regularly, though this should be something you do throughout the year, not just before winter.

2. Remove or Trim Surrounding Hazards

Removing overhanging branches or trimming surrounding trees is something every homeowner should do when bad weather seasons come around, especially before winter. Keeping things about three feet away from your roof is the general rule most homeowners are advised to follow, lessening the risk that errant branches snap off during heavy rain or snowfall and damage anything. 

3. Visually Inspect for Present Damage

From pests to warping shingles, giving your roof a lookover from ground level with a keen eye can help you see any surface issues. Going into your attic and inspecting there is helpful, too, especially when you need to be on the lookout for pest damage such as termites or bats. Check your chimneys and ensure your roof is ready for snow removal. 

Having a roofing company do these inspections can help if you aren’t sure what you’re looking for, though some damage will be relatively obvious.

4. Check Your Insulation

When you travel into your attic to inspect for any pests or other forms of damage, it would be a good idea to check the status of your insulation. Insulation in your attic is critical to keeping your heating bill low, so the warmth stays isolated in your home. 

Heat rises, meaning it will go straight up toward your attic while warming your home. If you’ve seen houses after a fresh snowfall that has the buildup melted off the roof within a few hours, that’s a sign that the insulation isn’t doing its job.

5. Get Necessary Repairs Done

Having all repairs done before winter hits is always wise, ensuring no room for leaks once the wet weather rolls in. In addition, having a trusted roofing company come out to inspect can give them the oversight to do your repairs quickly and efficiently.

Keeping weak spots on your roof from further damage is best taken out by fixing them beforehand.

Getting Your Roof the Care It Needs

We hope some of these tips can help your winter preparation efforts and help you keep your home warm and dry for this upcoming winter season.

At Arrow Roofing, we understand that your roof is one of the most critical parts of your home! It’s your first defense against the harshness of winter, and we want to help you keep it in tip-top shape. If you’re interested in having any repairs performed before winter comes along, we can come out and give it a lookover.

Get in touch with the experts at Arrow Roofing for more information, or book your free inspection today!

Removing Mold From Your Roof

Things like mold, fungus, mildew, moss, and algae frequently grow in primarily damp or humid climates where a lot of moisture prevails, but these issues can become a problem for the unwary in any sort of climate. For example, if you’ve noticed streaks on your roof’s shingles, this could signify that mold is beginning to perforate your roofing. Homeowners should address this issue as soon as possible!

Mold will grow anywhere there is moisture left to stagnate, often starting around places with damp or leaky pipes, blocked gutters, standing water, or under soggy roof materials. This is a problem because mold can become airborne and land elsewhere where it continues to grow.

Seeing the Signs of Mold

Streaks in your shingles aren’t the only indication of mold growing on your roof. Some other common signs include:

  • Leaking
  • A musty odor
  • Blotchy stains that can look like dirt or color lightening

The Problems & Solutions Surrounding Mold

The most prominent problem with mold is its toxicity to humans and animals. Mold affects your health, usually within your eyes, lungs, nose, throat, and skin, and often more severe in individuals with respiratory issues or sensitivity. Occasionally, mold growth can contain mycotoxins that are highly unhealthy to people and cause severe reactions whether allergies are present or not.

Another problem with mold is that it can cause your roof and other parts of your home to decay more quickly. Excess moisture alone can cause rot in the wood beams that support your roof and cause decay elsewhere.

Preventative Measures

Keeping mold off your roof or out of your home is preferable to removing it only after it already has a growing grip. Some things you can do to prevent mold or undesirable organic growth include:

  • Keeping gutters and pipes clean
  • Trimming nearby trees regularly
  • Keeping track of where excess moisture might gather or stagnate and keeping it dry

Additionally, your roof’s ventilation may need an upgrade if it’s lacking, as ventilation keeps it from getting too hot or cold in various seasons. Inadequate ventilation in the attic can cause many problems, including allowing moisture to build underneath your roof. 

Getting Rid of Mold in Your Roof

It is highly recommended that you choose an experienced company to remove mold from your roof since being up on your roof is already dangerous enough. However, you can try the bleach-solution method if you think you can tackle the problem alone.

This method is effective against mold, fungus, mildew, moss, algae, and other damaging organic growths.

Before You Start:

  • The solution you’ll want to use for your mold issue contains bleach, so remember to never mix ammonia and bleach. This will create a highly toxic gas that can be deadly.
  • Since bleach is effective in killing mold, it also kills everything else. If you’re using it on top of your roof, the runoff could kill any grass, plants, etc., below when it runs off. Laying down tarps or other protective coverings to keep your yard safe is recommended.
  • Wear a facemask and gloves, as bleach is toxic in heavy doses to your skin and respiratory system.
  • Never pressure wash your roof!

Your Next Steps:

  • Create a bleach solution using 1 part oxygen bleach cleaner with 1 part water – mix in ½ cup per gallon of trisodium phosphate if you want something even more potent. 
  • Pour the solution over the affected or moldy areas and let it soak for up to 30 minutes. 
  • When it’s been the entire half-hour, use a hose on a low-pressure setting to rinse off the solution as best you can. 
  • Depending on your preference or how concentrated the problem areas are, you can use a bucket or a pump sprayer to spread the solution.

DIY or Hiring a Company

When you own your home, you may want to do some projects around your house, whether to save money or because you think you can. However, a hazard is involved when working on the roof, especially with slippery cleaning products or slimy substances like mold. Therefore, having someone professional do work on your roof is always recommended.

The benefits of hiring a professional:

  • Experience
  • Insurance against mishaps
  • Lessening potential hazards to you
  • They can see any other damage that you might otherwise miss

A roofing company can spot damage or hazards and perform repairs that prevent mold from starting. Many even offer free inspections to assess any issues you think your home might be facing! But ultimately, the decision is up to you as the homeowner on how you want to tackle the problem.

Bringing It Home

Mold on your roof is one of the worst places for it to develop and one of the most challenging areas to remove. We hope these tips will help you should the need arise! And don’t forget to keep safety at the forefront of your mind when preparing any home project.

Whatever your decision is regarding a DIY or professional removal, if you have mold on your roof or in your home, you may have a leak that needs to be repaired as quickly as possible. Keeping ahead of the curve and ensuring mold never has a chance to grow is also good advice. Get in touch with Arrow Roofing when you want a professional opinion if you think there might be any damage to your roof!

Things to Know Before Installing Solar Panels

Solar panels are one of the best ways to make your home greener, more efficient, and cost-effective. While the solar panels and installation may be pricey depending on who you go to, the amount of money you save on your energy bill may very well have the panels paying for themselves in no time. 

A lot goes into ensuring your solar panels are installed correctly and work the way they’re supposed to, but what about your home? Here are a few things to consider before installing solar panels on your roof.

Assessing Your Home & Compatibility

It’s crucial to have a roof compatible with your potential solar panels. That way, both your roof and solar panels can last as long as possible. With a good combination of quality materials and proper maintenance, your roof and solar panels could last for multiple decades or longer.

Roof Maintenance

Inspecting the state of your roof is the first step to solar panel installation. Whether you have qualified roofers do this inspection or start with a simple look-over on your own, you can usually tell if there is a need for repairs or replacement. Here are some basics to look for:

  • Missing or warped shingles
  • Excessive debris, moss, overgrowth, etc.
  • Holes made from weather damage or pests

If you see any of these, it may be wise to enlist the help of a roofing company to come and inspect any problem areas. Putting solar panels on top of a roof that will need repairs or replacement in the near future will cost you more in the long run for the panels needing to be dismantled and reinstalled.

Roof Type & Compatibility

Not all roof types are created equal, and some are less likely to hold solar panels than others effectively. Therefore, when considering solar panels for your home, it’s essential to know what angle your roof slants at–if it slants at all–and how compatible it might be with a solar panel installation.

Here are a few questions to ask yourself or a professional about your roof:

  • What is the shape and size of your roof?

This is important because if your roof does not have the right shape or surface area allowance, you might not be able to reap the benefits of solar panels.

  • What direction do the slopes face?

This question matters because of both water runoff and the amount of sunlight the panels will be exposed to on a daily basis. 

  • Can your roof support the weight of solar panels?

Solar panels are heavy equipment, and they need to be supported by your roof. If your roof isn’t capable of holding them up, it could mean significant damage to your home and solar panels.

The Panels & Other Work

There are many companies you might choose from and multiple different solar panel types that could or would be compatible with your home, living situation, energy needs, and more. Therefore, it’s crucial to understand absolutely everything before deciding on any one company or solar panel type. Let’s cover the basics.

The Real Cost of Solar

A lot can factor into your ultimate price point, given how houses come in all shapes, sizes, and energy needs. You’ll have to find a suitable company to assess your solar needs, get an estimate or two, and decide based on your budget.

Choosing something ‘cheap’ will almost always cost you more in the long run. Your upfront costs and monthly expenses will depend on your solar panels' size, type, and efficiency. The more efficient they are, the higher the upfront price. Likewise, more efficiency means a lower monthly cost of your electricity bill.

There are financial rebates, too, on a federal level. The federal tax credit for solar in residential areas is definitely worth looking into when you have plans underway. Some solar companies also offer their own incentives and rebate programs too.

Longevity & Warranties

As mentioned during the roofing section of this blog, the longevity of the solar panels can largely depend on the installation and what’s underneath them. But the quality of the company installing them and the panels themselves can affect the panels' longevity in a big way.

Most decent quality solar panels will work at peak capacity for upwards of 20 years, usually deteriorating efficiency after that threshold. How well they’re maintained will affect that 20 years, though. Many warranties will require regular maintenance; then, if something goes wrong, your panels are covered.

Warranties from a company that cares about your solar panels’ quality are generally substantial, offering service to your solar systems without any hassle.

What Are Your Next Steps?

When you’re seriously considering solar panels for your home, your first step is researching companies, costs, and avenues you want to pursue. You're on the right track if you’ve made it to the end of this blog!

Starting with a roof inspection or any maintenance it might need is what you’ll want to do while you’re shopping around solar companies. At Arrow Roofing, if you let us know that that’s your end goal, we’ll do a thorough check to ensure your roof would be well-suited for solar panels or not. However, we aren’t solar experts–just roofing experts–so be sure to ask any solar inspectors!

When you need the assistance of a top-notch roofing company in the Prescott Valley, AZ area, trust the experts at Arrow Roofing! Drop us a line today for more information.

10 Popular Roofing Materials & Styles

As with most of the rough and tumble characteristics of a home, roofing is one of the less glamorous aspects. Of course, as the first line of defense against the elements, you naturally want your roof to be rugged and durable. But what about aesthetics? No one wants an ugly home, after all!

There are a ton of different roofing materials to choose from, all in various colors and styles to suit the environment you live in or your personal tastes. Some are more expensive, while others are cost-efficient. There are plenty of tools out there that you can utilize to calculate the cost of your dream roof, but where do you look first?

Let’s dive into some of the different materials, styles, and price points.

Blowing the Top Off of Roofing Materials & Styles

Most people have heard of a few basic roofing materials, namely asphalt, metal, and perhaps clay. However, a few more nuanced styles borne of these materials or other types of roofing could benefit homes in different climates or those with a heftier budget. Whether shingles, tiles, or shakes, we’ll start with the basics and work our way down from there.

1. Asphalt Composite Shingles

This is by and far the most common type of roofing material used by roofing companies, contractors, and independent or DIY roofers everywhere. It’s affordable, versatile, decently durable, and suitable for almost every climate. In addition, they usually come with a multi-decade warranty, and repairs are relatively cheap.

Asphalt shingles are composed of a fiberglass base beneath a topping of asphalt and mineral grains. They’re flexible and easily customizable for those awkward areas around a chimney or corner spots and are great at adapting to a roof’s movements. These types of shingles last anywhere from 12 to 30 years.

2. Rolled Roofing

This one comes next because rolled roofing is composed of mineral and asphalt-impregnated materials, topped with granules similar to that of asphalt shingles. Rolled roofing is less common for residential homes and more frequently used for sheds, workshops, or other sloped-roof out-buildings. 

They’re large strips of material rolled quickly and efficiently, held in place either by torching it down or with roofing nails. This method is cheap, as long as you don’t care about it looking pretty. It can last for around a decade before it needs replacing.

3. Stone-Coated Metal Shingles

This roofing style is composed of stamped steel or aluminum, usually with a baked-on coating or quality mineral granules. They’re great in that they can be created to mimic traditional asphalt shingles, wooden shakes, or even slate or clay tiles. 

They’re durable, though expensive, costing about five times as much as asphalt shingles. However, the cost generally pays off in that they can last 30 to 50 years. They won’t curl or crack, and their heavy disposition is fantastic for windy or heavy weather.

4. Standing Seam Metal Roof

More popular than metal shingles is the metal standing seam style of roofing. It’s more common, costs slightly less than metal shingles, and can last the same long-lived 30 to 50 years. Its name ‘standing seam’ stems from its steel or aluminum panels interlocking at raised seams to keep out moisture.

This roofing style is advantageous in areas with high threats of wildfires or heavy snowfall, as the durability of metal against elements is second to none. What’s more, metal roofing is recyclable once its usefulness as your roof wears out.

5. Wood Shingles or Shakes

Wooden roofs are beautiful, though costly and limiting. If you live someplace dry, wooden shakes or shingles can last upwards of 60 years. Alternatively, in areas with a lot of moisture, wooden roofs get around 20 to 30 years of life. 

Most wooden shingles or shakes are comprised of natural wood, frequently cedar or redwood. They can be stained in any manner of colors and are beautiful to look at, but maintenance may be more involved than a typical homeowner is prepared for.

6. Clay Tile

Not to be confused with their uncommon ceramic counterparts, Clay tiles are earthen tiles formed into interlocking shapes that are fired in an oven or kiln for hardening. Usually unglazed, they can bear a semi-reddish-brown hue, though a roofer can easily change this with color glazes.

Popular in more desert or southern coastal regions that have salty air, clay tiles are an expensive roofing material. However, they make up for this cost by lasting decade after decade, even upwards of a century, when cared for properly.

7. Concrete Tile

Concrete tiles are created with the usual sand mix of typical concrete, formed into shapes, and colored in any manner of ways. They can be fashioned to mimic anything from wood to clay to marble when decoratively coated.

Concrete tiles are similar to clay tiles in their installation process but cost slightly less and last half as long. It’s typically a choice for windy areas, as concrete tiling is extremely heavy as well as durable.

8. Synthetic Slate

Synthetic slate, also known as rubber slate, is a polymer composite that is a decent alternative to slate shingles. This lightweight and durable material is engineered to resemble slate but costs a fraction of the real thing and doesn’t last quite as long. This material typically comes with a warranty of about 50 years.

9. Slate Shingles

Considered one of the most beautiful and durable materials for a roof, this is for the homeowner who wants–and can afford–only the best for their roof. Authentic slate is thin stone sheets, but installation is complex, and not every roofer can perform it. 

Slate shingles can last upwards of 200 years when cared for properly, but it also is highly expensive. If stepped on often or installed someplace where heavy hail is a regular occurrence, cracking could be an issue. It is otherwise resistant to every other abuse from the elements, thus its long lifespan.

10. Green Options

This can range from a garden on your roof comprised of grass and stones to full-blown solar shingles. This may take a specialized roofer to install, but many of them last decades with the proper care and can help your home be more environmentally friendly.

Thoughts About roofing Materials

We hope this helpful blog gave you some inspiration if you’re considering a less common option for roofing materials besides asphalt shingles. At Arrow Roofing, we know that informed homeowners make the best decisions for their homes. So while roofing may not be glamorous, it doesn’t have to be dull! Customizing your home in big or small ways can go a long way for your comfort and happiness.
To learn more about Arrow Roofing and what we do, feel free to reach out! Explore our website to see our portfolio or if you’re looking for roof maintenance.

A Homeowner’s Guide to Spring Cleaning Your Roof

We, as homeowners, frequently forget to do regular maintenance to our own roof, whether we’re distracted by yard work as the bad weather clears or there seem to be more pressing matters at hand. However, even a superficial check of your roof can help you identify problem areas that could turn into leaks or damage later on, so it’s worth the hassle!

Whether you want to simply clear off some leaves or you’re considering installing solar panels, there are a few things you can do to keep your roof lasting longer between needing help from a professional roofing company.

6 Ways to Spring Clean Your Roof

1.Clean Off Any Debris

This one is relatively obvious. Taking a rake or leaf blower to remove any other debris you might have up there is great for exposing any weak spots, removing any dangerous broken branches from trees nearby, and unearthing possible mold or mildew spots. Letting this debris stay where they are and continue to remain damp or covering over problem areas will lead to further damage and may force you to have to replace your roof sooner than would’ve been necessary if it had been cleaned it up promptly.

2.Investigate Loose or Broken Shingles

Snow, ice, hail, and wind are all very hard on the roof of your home. It is the first line of defense against the elements, so it takes quite the beating during storming seasons. When you’re up on your roof clearing away muck and debris, look for any curling, cracked, or moss-covered shingles that may need repairs. Disintegrating shingles means future trouble for your home that’s more costly in the long run.

3.Give it a Good Washing

Mold and mildew may have started growing under layers of wet leaves or debris, and this particular issue is troublesome because it poses a health threat to you and your family. Giving any areas where you notice discoloration or mold spots a good scrubbing could save your attic from growing these harmful growths.

4.Examine the Flashing & Chimney

Check the layer of flashing for exposure from broken or missing shingles; always look around where your roof meets your chimney to ensure there aren’t any holes or peeling layers that could let in water or insects. The last thing you want is leaking or a pest infestation!

If you know what to look for, these issues are minor and relatively easy to fix on your own. However, if things seem to be pulling apart but you don’t know what to do about it, calling a professional is the best way to nip it in the bud.

5.Inspect & Clean Out Your Gutters

Your gutters may have blockages, insect nests, or even disintegrating shingles lining their frames. Cleaning these ensures your home doesn’t sustain any water damage and can effectively redirect any rain away from your home and roof.

If you see an excess of granules from your roof in your gutter spouts, try to trace it back to the problem area. Likewise, if your shingles seem thinner from losing their material layers, you may need to call a professional to replace the ones that aren’t fit to stay on your roof anymore.

6.Check Inside Your Attic

Moving from the outside of your home inspection to the inside, it’s critical to get into your attic to look at the underbelly. If you see the light from outside shining in through holes or if you notice any damp areas, growing mold, pest infestations, or even leaking, it’s essential to call a professional as soon as possible.

Many of these problems could turn into significant and costly issues in the future, and you want to keep the structural integrity of your home intact.

Trusting a Licensed Roofer to Help Out

If this all sounds like a lot to contend with, we get it. At Arrow Roofing, we can help with your roof maintenance in the Prescott, AZ, area, bringing a professionally trained eye into the picture to look for storm damage and assess whether or not you need any repairs. If there are too many serious issues, we may suggest a re-roofing or roof replacement job, but simple repairs will do just fine most of the time. In the event your home has significant storm damage, you may be able to get a repair or replacement at little to no cost to you! In addition, we work with insurance companies to ensure you have your roof intact as soon as possible.

Many homeowners are old hats at the do-it-yourself lifestyle, which is why we offer these tips for the go-getters who can get it done without immediately needing a professional to step in. Of course, we will always provide free roof inspections to those who want to be extra sure, but simple maintenance can mitigate the need for costly roofing repairs.

To learn more about what we do here at Arrow Roofing, check out the rest of our website or drop us a line. We always love hearing from fellow homeowners here in Arizona!

Things You Should Never Do to Your Roof

Homeowners have a lot of work to do when they maintain their homes, from ensuring repairs are met on time, to custom additions improving the quality of life, to updating or upgrading home aspects. While you can do many aspects of home maintenance or repair, there are some things you should leave to the professionals. Likewise, there are some things you should simply never do to your home, especially your roof.

Your roof is the first defense against the elements, much like your walls, meaning homeowners should take great care to extend the roof's life before it needs an expensive replacement. Knowing this, we’ve compiled a helpful list of things you should never do to your roof–things people have done before and then quickly paid for!

Never Neglect Necessary Fixes

Sometimes ignoring problems leads to more significant issues, which could usher you into a financial emergency if you’re not careful. Here are a few examples of neglect or poor problem-solving that inevitably lead you to large roof problems.

1. Bandaids Over Broken Bones

While this may not read as neglect right away, it counts because having a discount contractor come out to layer cheap shingles over your already dilapidated roof will make it harder for the next roofer to do a job correctly. In addition, depending on how many layers are already stacked, it could also be illegal for your area. Likewise, if you have a leak and decide to cover it with nothing but a tarp, this can lead to more significant issues, especially if you hold down the tarp with heavy objects or nails.

2.Overgrowth or Debris

If you have a large tree near your home, allowing it to grow and grow could inevitably lead to shingles not just being damaged but wholly removed. Additionally, if inclement weather is violent enough to tear limbs off that same tree, this could pose a significant threat to your roof or even your entire home.

Similar to an overgrown tree, allowing the buildup of debris on your roof or in your gutters can weaken the structural integrity of your roof and lead to mold, mildew, pest problems (insects or small animals), and many more problems down the road.

Never Do Too Much DIY

Sometimes maintenance or additions you think are helpful or good actually do more damage to your roof than you might realize. Here are a few examples of too much DIY that will lead to significant roofing issues later.

1. Improper Inspection or Cleaning

You’ve spotted some discoloration or improperly set shingles from the ground, so you head up to your roof to inspect. While you’re up there, you lift shingles or peel them back, thus destroying the integrity of the shingles you suspected might have issues. While these may be ugly or strangle looking, they still serve a purpose and lifting the shingles to inspect them has potentially put a hole in your roof that could lead to leakage. If you see issues like these, it’s best to call a professional roofing company rather than risk damaging your roof further.

Likewise, some types of cleaning–we’re looking at you, power washers–will cause more problems than they could ever hope to fix. However, no matter the age of your shingles, all it takes is a high-powered attempt at washing or scrubbing to fling shingles from your roof or destroy the graining that serves to protect your home underneath.

2. Addon “Enhancements”

You’ve finally bought that basketball hoop your kiddo always wanted, or you’ve decided to go green and install solar panels, or maybe you want to set up a fun holiday light display; do NOT attach these to your roof! Solar panels or satellite dishes need to be installed by a professional, and recreational items should never be attached directly to your roofing.

Even if you attach them correctly to the point that nothing could knock them down, that doesn’t mean that all the nails, screws, and holes you just added haven’t undone all the work your roofer did laying your shingles. Leaks, weakened framing, damaged flashing, and more could lead to costly repairs later.

Other Things to Keep in Mind

Walking around your roof or hanging out up there is not just dangerous; it can lead to excessive wear and tear on your roof that’s unnecessary. Furthermore, most of the damage your roof will sustain is caused by debris, weather, and aging; there’s no reason to speed up the process by spending time up there regularly!

Last but not least, another pitfall many fall prey to is unqualified or handyman roofers. While these may seem cheap initially, someone without a license, warranty, or insurance could mean getting a shoddy roofing job that ends in more expensive replacements or repairs. Be careful when choosing a roofer to do the job, as professionals are always the safest bet. Most will even offer a free inspection!

Putting Your Trust in an Experienced Roofing Company

At Arrow Roofing, we believe that informed homeowners make the wisest choices when it comes to prolonging the life of their home’s roof. That’s why we go to lengths to make sure our neighborhoods are educated on the good, the bad, and the ugly of home maintenance!

Our highly qualified roofing contractors have been in this business a long time, so we know what it takes to provide quality roofing services to both residential and commercial areas around Prescott, Flagstaff, Phoenix, and more here in Arizona. Our portfolio and testimonials can at test to the quality of work we provide.

Explore our website or reach out for your free inspection or more information about our services!

How to Safely Clear Snow From Your Roof

Removing snow off of your roof is not a small feat, even when your house may not be that big. Unfortunately, many things could go wrong, from you falling off the roof to improper handling shearing loose shingles off your roof. Therefore, it’s essential to practice safe snow removal anywhere, especially when you’re several feet above the ground! In this article, we will go over how to safely clear snow from your roof.

Preparing Yourself First

This may seem obvious, but wearing warm clothes and stretching or warming up beforehand could mean the difference between an easy snow removal up top and a cramp in your leg that debilitates you. The snow is cold, and sometimes even warm clothes aren’t enough to keep your muscles from stiffening up in freezing temperatures. 

Doing a small jog in place to hype up your muscles and loosen your joints with some stretching will prep you for all the heavy work of removing pounds of snow from your roof. Snow is heavy, especially when it’s been building up, and even without buildup, you’ll be pushing piles of it to the edge of your roof. So you’ll want your physical condition to remain sturdy while you’re up there!

Wear boots with good grooves on the soles, so you don’t slip, a hat to protect your ears, and maybe a pair of gloves with grippy parts on your palm and fingers.

Use the Right Tools

Do not use metal scrapers or shovels, as these tools are highly likely to damage your shingles or even shear some off if you use just a bit too much force. However, there are plenty of tools out there that you can use to safely clear snow from your roof without damaging the materials. This will end up saving you a ton of headaches and money since a roof repair, re-roofing job, or whole replacement are what you want to avoid. That’s one of the significant reasons for clearing the snow on your roof to begin with!

It’s safer and faster to use tools specifically designed for clearing snow safely and effectively, and you’re guaranteed to get more than one use out of most of them.

Don’t Do the Job Solo

Have someone else down below to watch out for you, whether it’s to hold the ladder still, move anything out of the way that you’re about to push snow onto, or simply be there in case of an accident.

Use All Precautions You Can

If you can help it, try to work from the ground. There are plenty of long-reaching tools you can use to get the majority of snow off your roof from the safety of your yard. 

However, working from your roof may be unavoidable if your house is particularly tall or has a unique shape. When figuring out how to safely clear snow from your roof up on your roof, it may be wise to invest in a harness that you can latch onto your roof and yourself; it could save your life! If roofers use them, you should too.

In addition, establishing a parameter where you know exactly where the snow will fall when you push it off can help you move any objects out of the way. This will ensure you don’t damage anything in your yard. 

And finally, always check the weather. If it’s too warm when you go to clear the snow, there may be slush or ice that makes things more slippery; if it’s freezing and windy, you could be blown off the roof or have low visibility. So choose a day that is not one extreme or the other.

Never Neglect Safety in Any Job

We hope these tips on how to safely clear snow from your roof give you insight on how to get the job done efficiently and carefully. Snow can be hard on your roof, and preventing excess moisture or sagging is always something a homeowner wants to be prepared to do. 
If you notice any damage to your roof while you’re safely clearing away snow, be sure to call your friendly neighborhood roofing experts to have an inspection done. Stay safe and warm out there!

Questions to Ask Your Roofing Contractor

When you’re finally ready to sit down and have your roof done, whether a replacement or a re-roofing job, you want to be well-informed before any heavy expenses occur. To ensure both you and the roofing contractor are on the same page, it’s wise to ask any questions you might have before any work starts.

A roofing contractor is your go-between when it comes to communicating with the company you’re entrusting your roof maintenance to, so we’ve put together a few helpful questions to ask your roofing contractor.

Your Roofing Contractor’s Company Knowledge

How legal is this roofing company, anyway? Questions under this category test the mettle of your roofing contractor while simultaneously giving you the peace of mind you deserve when probing for proof of their legitimacy.

Are you licensed? Bonded? Insured? Can I see proof?

Proving that their company is licensed through the state, bonded to doing business ethically, and insured against any mishaps is something that should be easy for any roofing contractor. If a company acts shady or refuses to show you proof, move on and don’t call them back again.

How long have you been in business?

While all businesses have to go through a “new” phase in order to become a trusted source for their industry; however you, as the customer, have to weigh the pros and cons of using a young business over an established one.

A newer business might have something to prove, perhaps working harder to show how well they do, backed by experienced owners or contractors. But their lack of history would reasonably make plenty of clients iffy.

A seasoned business will have a long history with repeat or newer clients, showing how well their workers perform and their quality standards.

What are your roof and material warranties?

You should generally have two warranties in place when you have contract work with a roofing company. One warranty for the materials used and one warranty for the quality of the craftsmanship when it’s over.

A knowledgeable contractor will be able to explain the warranties in detail, and you’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that those warranties will cover any unexpected or accidental issues. Don’t forget to establish the difference between the material manufacturer’s warranty and the roofing contractor or company’s warranty, as they’ll likely be very different in coverage.

Financial Questions

Repairs, re-roofing, and roof replacement are all very different but still relatively expensive investments for your home. Although necessary, it’s important that you understand where your money is going and for what kinds of materials and labor.

A few good questions to ask regarding your home and what you’ll be charged for:

  • Which areas of my home will you be inspecting to provide an estimate?
  • Can I have a breakdown of the different charges? Materials? Labor?
  • Regarding any weather damage, how much will my insurance cover?

Any roofing company worth its salt won’t charge you for an inspection. While it does take time to come out and check your property and your roof for damage, then explain what kind of roofing job might be necessary, establishing trust with the customer and business is more important than nitpicky charges.

Extras Worth Mentioning

Sometimes asking what expectations the roofing contractor might have is a good way to keep you on the same page; you can then set what expectations you have for the roofing contractor and their company.

If you’d like to inspect the work your roofing contractors are doing on your home, ensure that you don’t put yourself in harm’s way or interfere with the ongoing work at the time. You deserve to know what’s going on with the work you’re paying for, but being respectful of the dangers and effort of your roofing contractors is also essential.

Bringing it Home

Communication is key! Your satisfaction with the work is every roofing company’s ultimate goal within any roofing job you hire them for. Keeping open communication on both ends is the best way to establish the best customer-company relationship.

We hope these questions gave you some insight for the next time you invest in a roofing job, no matter its size. Then, when you need an excellent roofing company or roofing contractors in Arizona, choose Arrow Roofing, and trust that we’ll treat your home as if it were our own.

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