Roof Raking & Ice Dam Prevention

What is Roof Raking?

roof rake 2Roof Raking is the removal of three to four feet of snow from the gutter line up the roof.

For every six inches of snowfall, you should have the roof raked. This aids in the prevention of Ice Dams and potential damage to your roof and home.

Are you starting to see icicles hanging from your gutters or roof? Do you see the solid sheets of ice on top of your roof? Are you seeing leaks inside the home from the ice dam? Feeling like you’re running out of options? Not to worry! All County Window Cleaning offers Roof Raking and Ice Dam Removal services to help remove snow and
ice from the roof protecting your home from further damage.

What is an Ice Dam?

An Ice Dam is an ice build-up on the roof which may cause water damage to the home. Ice Dams can lead to electrical fires, mold or even roof collapses.

Business and home owners can tell they are looking at an ice dam when they see ice on their roof. Many times ice dams have icicles coming down off the roof and gutters.

How do Ice Dams form?

how-ice-dams-formIce Dams occur with a lot of snow fall and freezing temperatures.

Ice damns form because of:

  1. Poorly insulated attics that melt the snow on your roof, which then refreezes into ice.
  2. Heavy/wet snow which is partly melted, so once it lands on your roof and the temperature drops, it becomes ice.
  3. Temperatures that fluctuate from warm days to frigid nights, causing the snow that melted during the day to freeze over at night.
  4. Clogged roof vents. This causes the roof deck to become hot and melt snow, which refreezes, and becomes an ice dam.

How can we help?

All County Window Cleaning uses long roof raking poles that allow us to reach the edge of your roof up to 2 stories high.  We remove the snow from the bottom 3 feet of your roof.  This allows the roof to be exposed and keeps ice from building up.  If there is ice already, it gives the ice a chance to melt in warmer temperatures.  The snow acts as an insulator, so if it’s allowed to stay on the roof, it will continue to build up.

How long will it take?

Roof raking typically takes an hour or two to do most houses.

Why Get Roof Raking?

Roof Raking removes snow that will potentially melt and refreeze into an ice dam. This process is less expensive and less labor intensive than ice dam removal.

Why choose All County Window Cleaning?

All County Window Cleaning’s main priority is safety for all parties involved. We protect everyone as well as your assets by following a very strict safety program. By using steam to remove ice dams, it is a much safer process for everyone.