Why is it so important to clear snow from your roof?

You know you should be regularly removing the snow from your roof, but do you know exactly why it’s so important? From the danger of roof collapse to the risk of leaks, here’s why proper winter maintenance of your roof is crucial to ensuring the structural stability of your home and the safety and security of your family. Owning a home comes with its share of responsibilities, and making sure it’s ready for winter is one of the biggest! From getting the patio furniture in storage to planning your snow clearing services, there are a few chores to take care of before winter hits. You trust a team of professionals to clear your driveway, but what about your roof? Whether you decide to take care of it yourself, or hire a specialized company, clearing snow from your roof should be at the top of your winter do-to list. How snow accumulation and… Continue reading "Why is it so important to clear snow from your roof?"

Snow accumulation – everything you need to keep clear apart from your roof

In collaboration with Promutuel Snow building up on your roof isn’t just a potential danger for you and your family—it’s also a risk for your property. There are limits to the weight of snow your home can take. The best way to clear your roof is to use a SnowPeeler, a tool specially designed to make the job easy. But your roof isn’t the only thing you need to keep clear of the white stuff. Removing snow and ice from strategic spots around your property is an essential part of home maintenance. This post reviews the areas you need to keep clear of snow and the best ways to do so. Step 1 – Clearing your parking space: how to go about it In winter, streets and alleys are often blocked by snow. Unfortunately, that can mean a wall of white stuff blocking your driveway when you get home from… Continue reading "Snow accumulation – everything you need to keep clear apart from your roof"

Snow on the roof: What’s covered by your insurance?

In collaboration with Promutuel The dangers of snow and ice buildup on the roof of your home are real. Even though Québec homes and infrastructure are designed to withstand our harsh winters, every year we see cases of sagging or collapsed roofs and other problems such as water infiltration once the snow and ice melt. What does your home insurance cover in terms of damage caused by snow on the roof? Get the answer to this important question as well as prevention tips to help reduce the risks! COVERED OR NOT COVERED? The cycle of heavy snowfall and ice, followed by brief thaws and then more frigid temperatures appears to be the new norm for Québec winters. The result? When large quantities of snow and ice build up on the roof, excess weight and yo-yoing temperatures can wreak havoc on your roof. If damage strikes, would you be covered by… Continue reading "Snow on the roof: What’s covered by your insurance?"

Top 5 Snow Shovelling Techniques to Prevent Back Pain

It seems after every snowfall, you can almost hear your neighbourhood’s collective groan about having to shovel snow…again. Snow shovelling is not only a time-consuming chore, but it also a pain in the back—literally. Did you know that, according to the American Journal of Emergency Medicine’s 2009 study showed that 4.15% of injuries treated in US emergency departments come from people wielding a shovel improperly or were near someone using a shovel? The most common injury? Strains, sprains, contusions and abrasions, including back pain. Back pain from shovelling snow can lead to months-long discomfort, diminished quality of life, lengthy rehabilitation and an increase in healthcare costs. So what’s a snow-bound shoveler to do to prevent back pain after shoveling? Consider these top 5 tips for warding off back pain from shovelling. 1- Warm up We applaud your eagerness to jump out of bed and head outdoors to take on that… Continue reading "Top 5 Snow Shovelling Techniques to Prevent Back Pain"

Top 10 Tips to Winterize Your House

Winter is about to rear its cold head and now is the time to start thinking about winterizing your home. Effectively preparing your home for the upcoming snow months doesn’t have to break the bank; there are many affordable steps, many you can do yourself, to protect your family, safeguard your home from damage, lower your utility bills, and keep insurance claims at bay. Here’s our top checklist to winterize your house. 1. Stock up on winter essentials Don’t wait for the first snow to hit to stock up on much-needed items, including an ergonomic shovel, snow rake, and rock salt or a no- abrasive calcium-based ice melt to keep your entrance and driveway slip-free. Emergency preparation is also key in the event of an extended power outage caused by a howling winter storm: make sure you have flashlights and a radio that work, canned food, bottled water, gas stove, warm blankets,… Continue reading "Top 10 Tips to Winterize Your House"

Top 3 Reasons Why DIY Trumps Snow Removal Services

We’re in the dead of winter (hello, polar vortex!). Depending on where you live, there’s a strong likelihood that snow is piling up on the driveways, sidewalks, and rooftops. Slips, falls, and roof damage are top of mind. As you consider the options, your time, effort, and money come into play. You confront the age-old question, “Do I clear the snow myself, or hire a snow removal service to do it for me?”. Three Reasons Why Do-It-Yourself (DIY) Snow Removal Makes More Sense  1.  Save money You pay a steep price for the convenience of snow removal services. Snow removal companies often charge per hour and even per snowfall or storm. What’s more, these companies can charge extra for such things as: Rooftop snow removal Long driveways, sidewalks, and walkways Types of equipment needed Response time Location (urban vs. suburban vs. countryside) Average snowfall per year 2.  Remove snow on… Continue reading "Top 3 Reasons Why DIY Trumps Snow Removal Services"

Can Snow Removal Put Your Health at Risk ?

When we think of extreme winter sports, activities like ski jumping, ice climbing and snow kiting come to mind. But with severe winter storms bearing down on Canada and the northern US, a potentially more dangerous activity emerges – snow removal! With each inch of snow accumulation, the risk of injury from falls, overexertion and even heart attacks increases. Shoveling - An Extreme Winter Sport?  Did you know: The risk of having a heart attack is higher in days after heavy snow, especially for men? Following 20 cm snowfalls, the risk of men being admitted to the hospital or dying increases by 16% and 34% respectively, compared to other days? This risk is even higher after two to three consecutive days of snowfall? These are the findings of a study published by the Canadian Medical Association Journal in which researchers at the University of Montreal made an astonishing, but… Continue reading "Can Snow Removal Put Your Health at Risk ?"

Top Signs That It’s Time to Remove Snow from Your Roof

Winter is in full swing. As usual, you can expect a weather cocktail of snow, ice pellets, freezing rain and possibly a downpour. Although most roofs in northern climates are designed to withstand the heaviest of snowfalls, it’s essential that you routinely remove snow from your roof to prevent ice dams, water infiltration, and even roof collapse. When should you remove snow from your roof? Here are some telltale signs that it’s time to start clearing your roof! Source: staydryroofing.com You Have a Low-Pitch Roof While all roofs need to be cleared of snow throughout the winter, shallow-pitch and flat roofs are particularly susceptible to accumulations and drifting. If you have one of these roof designs, it’s a good idea to remove snow a little more often than “steeper” sloped roofs. Source: nj.com After A Heavy Snowfall Whether you’ve just experienced a winter storm that dumped a massive amount of… Continue reading "Top Signs That It’s Time to Remove Snow from Your Roof"

Happy Holidays!

As we close the book on another year, we reflect on the success we’ve had in 2018 and recognize those that have made it possible. The past 12 months have been nothing short of an adventure! With this just being our second year in business, we’ve seen our Retail family grow to over 500 stores across Canada and the U.S. Since our inception, thousands of homeowners have trusted SnowPeeler to remove snow from their roofs safely. In November, we had the opportunity to audition for Dragons’ Den! We had interest from all six of the Dragons, ending with proposals from two! Through all the excitement, we’re humbled by the support of our retail partners and customers. Without them, our journey would have followed a much different path. In honor of their support, we’ll continue to deliver the highest quality of products and support possible. In 2019, we’ll turn the page… Continue reading "Happy Holidays!"

Winter! Who has it worse in Canada?

What are the snowiest cities in Canada? Those of us who live in the upper regions of North America have a love/hate relationship with winter. We enjoy the range of activities that the season brings from hockey and skiing to horse-drawn sleighs and sugar shacks! But as the temperatures plummet, the nights grow longer, and the snow starts piling up, we begin to ponder, “where could winter be worse?” While rankings abound regarding the snowiest cities in Canada, according to Expedia.ca, here are some of the most miserable cities in Canada with the most snow: 20. Terrace, BC 19. Placentia, NL 18. Gander, NL 17. Moncton, NB 16. Claresholm, AB 15. Burns Lake, BC 14. Thunder Bay, ON 13. Saguenay, QC 12. Fort Vermilion, AB 11. Kenaston, SK 10. Winnipeg, MB 9. Kenora, ON 8. Val-D’Or, QC 7. Moosonee, ON 6. Thompson, MB 5. Yellowknife, NT 4. Inuvik, NT 3.… Continue reading "Winter! Who has it worse in Canada?"