Keep your roof clear with Rainville Carlson

Don’t wait for a roof collapse to take action.Save the snow angels for the ground, not your roof.Stay safe this winter with Rainville Carlson

Winter might be a wonderland for some, but all that snow can be a disaster for your roof if you’re not careful. Substantial snow buildup can compromise the integrity of your roof, and leave you with more questions than answers concerning the safety of the people beneath it. So, what do you do if you’re concerned that your commercial flat roof isn’t up to the task of handling that much snow? Call Rainville Carlson. Our roof snow removal services melt away the weight of a white Christmas; no pressure on your roof means minimal interference with your peace of mind. Our team specializes in executing a specific plan designed to keep your roof clear, helping your commercial facility work stress-free.

What are the dangers of leaving snow on your roof?

Sure, it may add a nice wintery layer of decoration to your facility, and more often than not it’s not something you need to worry about. But there are substantial dangers to letting snow remain on your roof—between roof collapses and ice dams, you’re going to have your work cut out for you this winter if you’re not proactive. We’ve highlighted information that you need to be aware of each of those prospective issues below so that you’re as prepared as possible once the snow starts to fall.

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Roof Collapses

It may not happen frequently, but roof collapses can decimate your facility if you’re not careful. Commercial properties are especially susceptible; even pooled water poses a threat as well, so waiting for the snow to melt isn’t always a great option. So, how do you know if a roof collapse is on its way? Here’s what you need to look out for:

  • Your roof appears to be sagging or straining in any way
  • You hear creaking and popping when you’re inside the building
  • Opening and closing doors becomes more difficult—the weight of the roof can make door frames a little compressed


Both snow and ice can cause issues for a commercial roof, but snow is definitely the more troublesome of the two. If you’re outlasting several thaw-and-freeze cycles, the weight of the snow can increase. Waiting for your insurance to pay for a collapsed roof might be one way of dealing with the issue, but it’s far from the best way.

Ice Dams

You’re probably wondering what an ice dam is in the first place—don’t worry, you’re not alone. Ice dams are formed when snow melts, runs down your roof, and freezes once more near the overhang, building a wall which traps more melted snow behind it. The best way to prevent ice dams? Get the snow off your roof! Make your hot roof (if that’s the cause) cooler, so that the heat is more evenly distributed across your roof.