Ice & Snow Removal



Craftsman Home Remodeling provides exceptional, high-quality, snow removal and de-icing services in order to ensure all our customers properties are safe from any accidents due to ice build-up and excess snowfall.

Our crew is well-trained and ready to help you with any snow and ice problems you may have this winter. You can count on us! A job well done is essential to our success.

With many years of experience providing Snow Removal and Ice Control services, Craftsman Home Remodeling is your #1 snow removal company in the Rochester, NY area.


Why do I need roof snow removal?

Snow can be beautiful, however, having too much snow on your roof is not a good thing to have. When snow piles up, it gets heavy presenting a huge danger to your roof and to your home.

As many of you know, snow can get heavier the longer it sits. Snow melts and then turns to ice. When additional snow falls, it repeats the process of melting and freezing. When this happens, it is adding additional weight to your roof. Excess weight on your roof can cause leaks and even cause parts of the roof to collapse.

You may remove the snow yourself, however the cost of hiring a company to handle your roof snow removal far outweighs the consequences of having a collapsed, leaky roof or potentially falling off your roof. Either way, it is important to address the problem right away before the weight of the snow and ice causes structural damage.

Home with Ice Dam

How much snow is safe for a roof?

Average weather conditions in the Rochester, NY area could result in excessive roof loads on homes and buildings due to the accumulation of snow and ice. In recent years, ice storms have hit the area leaving heavy snow and ice on many roofs. Large snowfalls can also add to the total weight trusses and rafters must support.

Because of this ice layer, snow which has recently fallen on the roof is not sliding off like it normally does in the winter. Since it’s likely the ice layer will not melt until spring, each additional snowfall this winter will intensify the problem. Therefore, snow removal is imperative during the winter months in the Rochester, NY area.


How much weight can most roofs take?

Snow loads for homes and buildings in Rochester, NY are generally around 20 pounds per square foot. So how much does snow weigh? Well, it depends. First, let’s see how much water, or ice in the solid form, weighs.

A one-inch layer of water or ice weighs approximately five pounds per square foot. Meaning a roof designed for a 20 pounds per square foot snow load could theoretically hold up four inches of ice.

How much snow is that? Meteorologists often estimate that about 12 inches of snow is equivalent to one inch of water. Using that “rule of thumb,” a roof should hold up to four feet of snow or less depending on how wet or packed the snow is.

Keep in mind, some roofs are older than others and may not be able to withstand the weight of snow and ice for extended periods of time. For safety reasons, a professional should come and assess the snow and ice on your roof for removal.

What do you do if you have too much snow on your roof? The simple answer is to get it off as soon as possible. Generally, there is some time between a large snowfall event and possible structural damage. Unfortunately, the best way to remove snow from a roof is to physically get up on the roof and push the snow off with a shovel and/or broom.

Obviously, there is the safety concern of falling off while working on a snow-covered and icy roof. It is important to use special ladders, safety ropes, and snow removal tools, which is why a professional crew is highly recommended.

That is why you should use a snow removal company like Craftsman Home Remodeling. Our snow removal experts will examine the snow and ice on your roof to ensure you don’t incur any damage.


Many things can affect the amount of snow that builds up on your roof:

  • Roof pitch – snow cannot slide off a roof that has a pitch of 3/12 or less easily
  • Drifting – wind blowing snow around other buildings and trees can create huge snow drifts and uneven snow loads
  • “Lean-to’s” or roofs on other lower buildings, may “receive” snow or ice sliding off another roof from above
  • Shingled roofs don’t shed snow as easily as metal roofs
  • There may be roof valleys or roof areas that collect a lot of snow

Low Slope Roofs

Commercially designed standard roofs are usually engineered to withstand more weight than a residential roof. Sadly, many older roofs are not designed to withstand the weight of a heavy snow or ice storm.

Craftsman Home Remodeling will send a professional snow removal technician to estimate your roof issue and make sure that you and your customers are safe.

Due to the possibility of fire, putting heaters in the attic is generally not recommended for flat ceiling buildings. In addition to the fire hazard, it can be difficult to produce enough heat to get the job done as well as the possibility of creating ice dams along the building’s eaves.

Melting the snow would only create more ice and more weight. Snow and ice removal would be the only safe solution.