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Prevention tips

Weight of the snow

It's important not to let too much snow or ice accumulate on the roof of your house or on your balcony. Avoid a build-up on these structures to prevent them from buckling or collapsing.

As an owner, you're responsible for maintaining your home. Make sure that the snow or ice build-up doesn't present a risk to the home's occupants or to passers-by.

To prevent damage, watch out for signs that the structure of your roof is under stress, for example:

  • Cracks on inside walls.
  • Interior doors that jam or stick.
  • Unusual cracking noises.
  • Changes in the ceiling structure.

Entrust the task of having the snow or ice removed from the roof to skilled tradespeople. Make sure the company you hire has good liability coverage.

Find out more

Looking for other advice on how to avoid problems with snow or ice build-up? Check out the Régie du bâtiment du Québec web site.