How much to pay for someone to shovel snow off the roof?
February 14, 2010 1:25 PM Subscribe
We live in the D.C area and have had ice dams on our roof and its starting to cause leaking problems. Nothing drastic, but some water is starting to drip inside of our windows. I put some Deicer in socks and threw them on the gutters to try to clear a path for the water to go, but that seems to be taking forever. Our neighbors have some guys shoveling snow off their roofs and they said they would do the same for us for $500. Is that too much to pay? Our house isn't that large, its a split-level home.
The other issue is that they are using snow shovels, and wouldn't that do damage to the roof? They also have told us they would use hammers to clear the gutters, and I have no idea if that is a good or bad idea.
We've called some roofers from checkbook.org and a lot of them were closed, we got in touch with one person who said that he doesn't think its a good idea to use a shovel, and that he recommends to wait it out and if it gets worse to remove the gutters. But online I've read that removing the gutters is a bad idea, which makes me doubt the roofers advice.
I know I'm a little bit all over the place, but it's just so confusing what exactly to do. I'm just worried they might cause additional damage and are trying to weigh the cost of the $500 vs. the potential damage of just waiting it out. Any advice would be appreciated.