Hiring a professional to remove snow is the easiest way to handle inclement winter weather for many Americans. Reputable professionals can offer expert snow removal through the use of multiple types of tools. However, many Americans opt for removing their own snow and ice. Shovels, snow blowers, and plow are the most common means of doing this. However, what is the best way to go about removing snow? Let us take a look at how these tools stack up.
Shoveling may be best used on small areas that machines or trucks are unable to reach. Your porch, for example, may accumulate drifting snow in piles that hinder access. Your exterior stairs may as well. Shoveling is also the cheapest option when it comes to snow removal. There are many different types of shovels available today. If you choose to shovel snow, make sure you have the right tools and know the proper techniques. A simple, straight wooden handled shovel with a plastic scoop is ideal. Some models come with a metal lip. While these lips provide a sturdy means of scraping ice, they can damage your asphalt, concrete, paver or wood surfaces and are not recommended. However, shoveling is likely to take you much longer than blowing or plowing. It is also the most likely to lead to injury or stroke.
A snow blower is another option when it comes to removing snow. They are much more expensive than shoveling, but the self-propelling kind makes snow removal almost effortless. A snow blower can be used on many of your surfaces but make sure you attach a rubber lip to keep from damaging them. Many Americans invest in snow blowers when they have more than a few feet to shovel. Medium to longer driveways can be easily cleared in half the time it would take to shovel them.
Plowing is ideal for driveways and parking lots, or any other large surface areas where you need snow removed for vehicle access. Plows come in several models and can be put on the front or rear of your vehicle, depending on the type you have purchased. A plow attachment should only be used with vehicles that are outfitted with the appropriate tires and four-wheel drive as the momentum behind the plow is derived from your truck’s ability to grip the ground. Plows are the most expensive option for the do-it-yourself snow remover. But they are also the easiest and fastest method.