With fall and winter come all kinds of weather elements, such as leaves, snow, and ice. These accumulate quickly and could mean damage to your metal canopy. It is incredibly important to remove the mountains of snow, ice, and leaves that can accumulate on your canopy to keep it in great shape. This may seem like a daunting task that requires an excessive amount of work, but it can be fairly quick and easy with a few of the following suggestions.
Seek a Professional
Not only is snow a threat to your canopy, but it can damage your roof as well if the accumulation is excessive. Additionally, if you wait too long to remove snow from these surfaces, it can potentially melt and then refreeze into ice, causing an even bigger problem to fix. The easiest way to rid yourself of this problem is to hire a professional to remove the snow from both your roof and your canopy. While this is also the most expensive option, you can rest easy knowing that a professional is getting the job done, and you are not left with the task of climbing up on your roof and putting yourself into potential danger.
Invest in a Roof Rake
It is very easy to grab the closest broom or rake to start brushing leaves off of your canopy, but these could cause damage to the finish of your canopy and are not the most effective option. Instead, invest in a roof rake, which is specifically designed to get the job done. This is especially helpful if you have a large accumulation of snow or ice on your canopy. When you get close to the surface of the canopy, however, you may want to switch to a gentler tool, such as a snow broom.
Use a Snow Broom
A snow broom is designed much like a normal push broom, but it is attached to an extended or telescopic pole so that you can safely remove damaging snow or ice from your canopy without having to pull out the ladder. This is a great tool to finish up with, as it is not going to scratch the finished surface of your aluminum canopy.
Removing leaves, snow, and ice from your canopy is an important part of seasonal maintenance. You can hire a professional to get the job done without labor on your part or you can invest in just a few simple tools to remove the debris on your own. Either way, you are sure to keep your aluminum canopy looking great and in good condition throughout the winter weather months.