AOK has been known for almost 2 decades for our good old catchphrase “40cm of snow on a 24 ft. surface- weighs 12 tonnes!” Still true and quite frightening when you think about that weight sitting on top of your home. After a significant of snowfall whether it be delivered in one blast of wintery weather or over an extended storm lasting several days- that is the ideal time to call for service which will inevitably save you money.
How? Why? I will now explain. It snows: you have accumulation on your roof of let’s use our factor of 40 cm and say your roof is 24 ft so you have 12 tonnes. It sits, you wait for the sun to take some away naturally. Depending on the shape of your roof, it’s components or lack there of, the buildings position around trees, continuing accumulation, etc… this may not occur until well into spring. Within just a week or two – you no longer have snow up there you now have ice. From down below it may look like snow it may even look like it is less in measurement- but make no mistake, it is hard crusty, condensed heavy frozen snow and you are sitting with pretty much the same weight it was to begin with immediately following the snowfall. It is much like if you build a snow man in your yard. After a week go out and try to poke a hole in the thickest part of your snowman.
Often mother nature can’t make up her mind much like what our region has experienced so far, this winter you end up with a condensed hard and crusty version on top of your rooftop - much of the time with solid ice growing under this by the day. Nicer days cause snow to soften, attempt to melt then freeze with the first bout of negative temperatures. We follow the weather carefully in all of service regions and urge everyone to take advantage of the most favorable times to have service completed on your roof. At AOK we take into consideration many factors when assessing and pricing each individual service, each service is so very different. We remain top of the list in our industry with unparalleled service techniques and safety procedures designed to protect our team along with your home & belongings, reasonable rates, timely and co-ordinated service mapping, there is always a greater safety risk to our team and your investment when ice is present, simply put a greater risk all around. Services completed after a semi thaw and refreeze are more difficult to begin with, add more accumulation to that and the job just became a great deal more involved.
The physical stress on the team, as well as the equipment, the increased service time required to get the job done all increases when you wait. Don’t second guess yourself, waiting can and often results in increased wait times, leaks causing interior damage and all too often an Insurance nightmare of paperwork, assessments, repairs and increased premiums.
If you think you may require service or even if you are not certain Just give a call - we are here to help. We can help assess the situation and lay out any available options for you - always free and no obligation.
With this info in mind and with the expected weather we are being warned of expected snowfall in the region throughout February you have the knowledge to know when it is a good time to make that call.
Be prepared and always be safe!