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?"

Winter is coming to Dragons’ Den

Starting from the early days at the family cabin, where we envisioned a better way to spend time than clearing snow from the roof with a shovel and ladder. To the present day, where we’ve expanded the factory to meet the demand for SnowPeelers.  PolarMade has been an adventure in the making and the next stop – Dragons’ Den! Fueling the Journey Growing a business is no easy task. It starts by making quality products that customers need. Then it takes working with great partners to make those products readily available. It comes down to long days, constant change, and lots of money. Out of the Snow and into the Fire! So, what better way to ensure the financial future of PolarMade, and at the same time, realize every entrepreneur’s dream than to audition for Dragons’ Den! Dragon’s Den is where aspiring entrepreneurs pitch their business concepts and products to… Continue reading "Winter is coming to Dragons’ Den"

Value: It’s less about dollars, more about sense

We live in a consumer-driven world. On any given day, the average person sees as many as 5,000 ads. With slogans such as, “more for less” and “you get what you pay for,” it’s easy to think that we make purchasing decisions based merely on price. But as we peek deeper into our buying behavior, we see that value is the motivating factor. Sense of Value Many of our buying decisions are purely emotional. It’s a primal response that results in the “impulse buy” and the “last-minute purchase.” However, there are times when we do our “homework” before pulling out the credit card. In these scenarios, whether subconsciously or not, we devise a purchasing strategy based on our unique sense of value. We’re contemplating the benefits we’ll receive minus the price we pay to arrive at our personal value equation. Choices - Advantage or Dilemma Choice can be a double-edged… Continue reading "Value: It’s less about dollars, more about sense"

Winter is coming – expect the unexpected!

We’re days away from dropping the puck to start the NHL’s regular season. That means 82 games in which anything can happen. It’s also a sign that winter is right around the corner and, as with hockey, we should expect the unexpected. Mostly Cold & More Snowy Source: Old Farmer's Almanac According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac, we should expect colder-than-normal temperatures and above-normal snowfall this winter. This may not have been the forecast we were hoping for, but it comes as no surprise. A Little Preparation As “Northerners,” we’re accustomed to harsh winters. We look forward to the change in seasons and take pride in our ability to conquer the elements.  We’ve found that with a little preparation in the fall, we can stave off significant issues in the spring. Before the first snowflakes fall, we’ll – Swap the shorts & tee shirts for pants & sweaters Rake the… Continue reading "Winter is coming – expect the unexpected!"