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Snow Removal for Flagstaff

snow blowing a driveway in Flagstaff Arizona

We offer residential snow removal and commercial snow removal for the Flagstaff Arizona area.

Driveway and Sidewalk Snow Removal

Snow blowing in Flagstaff Arizona with a Honda snowblower
  • Heavy-Duty Snow Blowing for driveways and sidewalks
  • Snow Shoveling by hand for sensitive areas
  • Snow Removal from Decks and Porches
  • Annual Service Contracts Available

We offer heavy duty snow-blowing and shoveling of driveways, sidewalks and decks. 
Snow blowing is preferred over snow-plowing because it is lower impact, resulting in less chance of damage to surfaces and landscaping.  

It is highly recommended to call for snow removal BEFORE a big storm - we operate on a first come, first serve basis!  For guaranteed snow removal service, consider an annual contract.  We will come remove the snow when it reaches a certain depth.

Snow Removal from Sidewalks is the LAW:

Flagstaff City Code (8-03-001-0004)   "...Any such person who fails to remove the snow, ice, or other obstruction from the sidewalks as promptly as reasonably possible, but in any event no later than twenty-four (24) hours after the accumulation of snow and ice, shall be deemed guilty of a misdemeanor. Such persons are jointly and severally liable for such responsibility, both criminally and administratively..."

Deck Snow Removal

In heavy snow years, Flagstaff has seen numerous decks collapse under the weight of snow and ice.

Several of the decks were not engineered properly nor built to code, but even a modern deck that is built to code can collapse under the weight of heavy, wet snow..

We can clean the frozen snow and ice off your deck and inspect it for proper construction.  We can also perform repairs or improvements to your deck or home that are needed to bring them up to code.

Residential Rooftop Snow Removal

pile of snow resulting from removing the snow from a roof in Flagstaff Arizona

It is cheaper to shovel the roof than to repair drywall and paint damage later due to leaks!

We use only plastic edged shovels for rooftop snow removal to help protect the surface.

For ice dam removal, we offer high-temp water/steam removal service. 

Commercial Roof-top Snow Removal

Bookmans roor collapsed under snow

  • Partial or complete snow removal
  • Snow Density and Weight measurement
  • Drain Clearing
  • Ice Melt application

During heavy snow years several commercial roofs in Flagstaff have collapsed under the weight of snow and water including the City ice rink, Hastings, Bookman's, and JoAnn Fabrics.

Snow Weight and Density Testing

Highwood Construction offers Snow weight/density testing.

Roofs and Decks in Flagstaff are only designed to hold about 4 feet of medium density snow.

Snow that falls from the sky has a density between 5% and 15%.  But once it is on the ground or on a roof, it can quickly reach a density of 50% due to thawing and refreezing.  Snow that has reached this density needs only be about 20" thick to collapse a roof in Flagstaff that has been built to code!  Additionally, any rain after a snowfall will be absorbed into the snow piles making the snow much heavier.  This type of snow loading, explains in part the collapse of several commercial roofs in Flagstaff, including the Hastings bookstore. Bookmans, and the Flagstaff Ice Rink. 

 

DISCLAIMER:  Removing snow from roofs is dangerous to roof surfaces.  Rooftop snow removal  and ice dam removal service should only be used to avoid the chance of greater damage occurring to the interior of the home or business due to leaks from ice dams or to avoid the possibility of roof collapse.  Removing snow from a roof can cause loss of granules from composition shingles as well as incidental nicks and scratches resulting in minor cosmetic blemishes.  Additionally, Ice dam removal should only be requested if the ice presents a clear and present danger of causing physical harm to person or property.  When a large chunk of ice falls it often damages composition shingles by taking a piece of the shingle with it. The customer must understand and agree that roof top snow removal and ice dam removal are emergency services intended to protect person and property.  Snow and ice removal is a temporary fix, intended to lessen the snow load on the roof and decrease the formation of icicles and ice dams on the roof.  Any damages from snow loads or ice build-up, or the removal process are not covered by Highwood Construction.

Ice Dam Removal:

picture of ice dam

Ice dams form on the eves of roofs and can cause water to back up under the roofing and into the building.

ice dam on a house in Flagstaff AZ

The ice dam in this picture caused leaking into the house above the window. The leak damaged the drywall and window sill.

After we removed the snow (as seen in the picture above) we then removed the ice dam and installed heat tape.  Additionally we installed flashing above the window to help prevent future leaks.

Ice dams cause water from melting snow to puddle and be diverted under shingles and into the home. They also block gutters and drains on flat commercial roofs, turning the roof into a virtual swimming pool!

Rates:

Residential with annual contract: $90/hr + $15 trip charge

Residential  "on-call":  $90/hr + $25 trip charge

Residential rooftop (up to 8/12 pitch): $120/hr

Commercial Flat Roofs:  $90/hr

Snow weight/density test:  $500

Ice dam melting: $150/hr + $300 set up fee

Plowing:  $200/hr

Mini-Track loader: $150/hr

 

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Serving Flagstaff and Northern Arizona

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