Roof Shovelers in Demand

Updated: 03/04/2014 6:13 PM
Created: 03/04/2014 4:26 PM
By: Renee Passal

The outrageously cold and snowy winter means non-stop work for Denon Perrin and his crew.

The 19-year-old took over a roof shoveling business from his father recently. 

"We've got 200 clients this year. Now we're on the second removal from some homes. And some of the people who didn't want us to shovel before, are calling us now," he explained.

He's taking business classes at Fond du Lac Community College online. But during the day, he and the crews are spending hours and hours getting the unwanted white stuff off the roof. "Ranch houses tend to have the build-up worse, because they're flatter. But steep roofs sometimes get bad ice dams."

"Sometimes people will see us working, stop, and ask us to come to their house next. Also, word-of-mouth advertising is working really well," he said. 

One woman stopped at his job site, and asked if they'd come down a few blocks and shovel off her garage. The homewner told us she thinks the garage is bowing in from the snow.

Another man who worried about his garage is Dean Bloomquist. He called and had crews come out on Saturday, to get rid of about three feet of snow on his home and garage.

His advice to people? "Just get it done. You'll sleep better at night. I can't afford a new garage, so I decided to have help with the snow."

Perrin said no job is too small.  He's seen a few cave-ins this year, and warns homeowners that you don't really get a warning for one. "It just happens, and then you have snow on your kitchen table."

Perrin's number is: 218-393-5916

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