Clearing rooftops of snow

By Brandi Bailey

February 13, 2014 Updated Feb 13, 2014 at 8:18 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) People have spent hours shoveling off sidewalks and roadways, but what about rooftops?

Snowfall can put up to 60 pounds per cubic foot of snow on your roof making it important to remove.

"Your main thing is to get the first three to four feet. If you get that then, the sun will hit it and it will melt it," Kovarik True Value Hardware Store owner, Joe Kovarik said.

Students dismissed from school early started hitting the streets to help neighbors.

"We just got out here so it only took like five minutes but we're probably going to be coming out again," said Zach Mason.

"Helping people out that are old maybe just do something nice for them," said Christian Carlini.

With the combination of the current winter storm and last weeks accumulation that could mean up to 2,000 pounds of snow.

Removing the snow may seem like a daunting task but you don't have to remove it all.

"You've got old snow and you have new snow and old snow is worse because there's more water so that cubic foot is now compressed down to 8 inches," Kovarik said.

Kovarik says its roof rakes and shovels are flying off the shelves.

It's important to look for sagging in your roof. That could be an indication that it's going to collapse.

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