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Snow Roof Rake | Roof Snow Removal Tips

Updated on August 3, 2013

A Snow Roof Rake is Easy to Use and Cheap

One you use a snow roof rake you will never go back to shoveling snow from the roof by hand again.

Taking care of roof snow is a home maintenance chore that can be back breaking or easy depending on how you approach it. A roof rake is essential when clearing large amounts of snow because going up on the roof and shoveling snow down by hand is arduous and potentially dangerous.

A snow roof rake is a cheap and simple tool that will let you save your roof from massive snow buildup with the least possible effort.

One best seller is the Ames Snow Rake shown at right which has a 17 foot reach which is adequate for single level homes.

For speed and ease of use a rake wins over the shovel every time.

If you have a 2 floor home then something in the 20 foot length is what you need.

The bestseller in this category is the Suncast 24 inch Roof Rake which has a wide and pretty deep rake head. This is great for new and powdery light snow.

If you live in a region where the snow tends to becomes heavy, you may want to choose a cutting roof rake with glider pad.

CC image by withrow

Snow hanging over roof edge
Snow hanging over roof edge

Roof Snow Removal Rule nr.1 - Don't Wait

Rule nr.1 when it comes to removing snow from your roof is to do it often. Most people hope the weather gets warmer and the snow problem will take care of itself. Most of the time - it doesn't.

It keeps snowing, building up little by little and as the snow is melted by pressure and escaping heat from your home, all that snow starts gliding out over the roof edge.

This poses several dangers. Obviously, someone passing below might get it all on top of them, including the bottom layer of knife-sharp ice. Another hazard is that your drainpipes may get damaged, or even pulled down. A couple of tips about roof snow removal:

  • Do not wait until the snow becomes a problem.
  • Push and pull the rake instead of hacking with it.
  • Keep kids, pets and furniture at a safe distance from the falling snow piles which may contain heavy and sharp ice fragments.
Image by Emmip

Ultimate Snow Rakes with Gliding Mats

No more pulling and hacking - one push is all it takes

Snow can fall quickly and build up several inches in no time. The most lenient way to bring a lot of snow down from the roof is to use a snow rake with a gliding mat. This lets you cut big snow areas and guide them down in a controlled way on the glide mat. In a way, you could say that this technique is the opposite of the traditional way where you pull the snow down. With a snow cutting mat you push the rake up and simply let gravity itself bring the snow down. This is a quick way to deal with a lot of snow that requires less effort than a traditional roof rake.

Minnsnowta 36 inch Roof Snow CutterBUY

Avalanche Roof Rake Snow GliderBUY

How the Avalanche Roof Snow Rake Works

Aluminum Snow Roof Rake with Wheels

The most lenient way (for the roof and for you) is to simply push the snow remover up over the snow and rake it down. Once you get down near the rood surface, wheels may help keep the sharp blade of the snow rake from grooving the tiles.

Snow Joe Roof Rake With 21 foot Reach

This is a popular and lightweight roof rake. Made from aircraft aluminum the whole contraption weighs just 5 pounds.

Snow Joe RJ201M 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake
Snow Joe RJ201M 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake

A rubber lining on the blade helps protect the roof material from damage when raking down snow.

 

Roof Snow Removal Mistakes

This what you should NOT be doing when it comes to snow removal. These guys seem to have no respect of snow weight and ending up under a pile could lead to injury. Ice is also a concern because knife sharp fragments are almost always there nearest the roof surface. Another mistake is waiting to remove snow from the roof until it has gotten out of hand. They should have cleared the snow a couple of times while it wasn't so thick. Now they have huge piles near the building to deal with.

The Snow is Down From The Roof - Now What?

When you rake snow from the roof, it piles up on the driveway, patio and garden.

A normal house can accumulate a huge amount of snow which when you pile it together on the ground easily blocks the view and poses a potential hazard when it melts so close to the house foundation.

Snow Joe Ultra SJ620 18-Inch 13.5-Amp Electric Snow Thrower
Snow Joe Ultra SJ620 18-Inch 13.5-Amp Electric Snow Thrower

Moving all the roof snow with a shovel is extremely hard work and most home owners would be better off with a motorized snow blower like this Snow Joe 18 inch blower

 

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      julieannbrady 

      5 years ago

      Oh boy! First time I've seen a snow rake for a roof. We don't have a need for that in Florida, but now maybe a leaf rake!

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      anonymous 

      5 years ago

      Gosh I'd never known about these things, a bit surprising with living in the north for a lot of years! They're great!

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      MartieG aka 'survivoryea' 

      5 years ago from Jersey Shore

      Not a big fan of winter but it is on it's way - nice selection of rook rakes! :>)

    • Ahdilarum profile image

      Ahdilarum 

      5 years ago

      in this country, this is dream job.. reason - there won;t be any snow.

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