Contractors for roof snow removal?

snow hanging from roofJames asks a timely question via the Twitter:

You guys have been very helpful with plumbers, electricians and mechanics. Ideas on good contractors for roof snow removal?

Got a suggestion for James? Please share!

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why does the snow need to be removed from the roof,exactly?

It's a low pitch roof that's developed ice dams because of the constant freeze/thaw/refreeze/snow/rinse/repeat weather we've had. That leads to serious leaks into the house and walls.

Dave Mabb ( here in Saratoga cleared our driveway for us recently & told us that he's been doing a lot of roof-cleaning-off as of late. He's saved us on many occasions & is a really nice guy.

Go buy a snow rake for smaller jobs.

another great trick for ice dams: fill pantyhose or a tube sock with rock salt and lay it over the edge of the roof/dam. it melts a nice little channel for the water to escape. when i first heard about this method i thought it was ridiculous but it really works.

if it's a high roofline that you can't reach, you can have some fun by attaching the sock to some rope and throwing it up there grappling hook-style.

Never use rock salt on a roof! Use calcium chloride.

oh right, i just meant the standard salt melt magic mix whatever.

We ended up with Cousins Construction out of Schenectady. They were quick to respond, reasonable, and did a good job. Thanks for the answers!

how much should we pay hourly for shoveling a large commercial roof?

Good idea on the pantyhose ice dam method. Just to be clear: Magic Salt IS OK to use, right? Or is calcium chloride better? Sounds like, in general, Magic Salt is less corrosive and harsh.

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