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"I want a roof rake to clear snow from my roof"

With all these snowstorms, there has been a ton of snow and ice accumulating on my roof. I've been told a roof rake is needed to remove snow from my roof. What exactly is a roof rake and why do I need it?

wanted by: jheyun (49) in Needham, MA 02492 +
updated on: March 5, 2012, 4:23 p.m. (5 years, 9 months ago)
posted on: Jan. 31, 2011, 12:19 p.m. (6 years, 10 months ago)
tags: exterior gutter ice dam roof roofing shovel snow
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What is a roof rake?

A roof rake looks like a big, 24-inch wide, hoe with a light, telescoping aluminum handle that allows you to reach up on your roof and pull down the snow. The handles can typically extend to 16-feet or more to allow a great reach up your roof. Some models have extra extension poles to allow for even greater reach.

If your roof is high off the ground, you might be best leaving the raking to a professional, though. The cold, icy conditions and the weight of snow coming down off your roof can easily knock you off a ladder, adding injury to the insult of the snow.

Roof rakes are good preventive medicine in the winter, removing the weight of the snow from your roof and awnings to prevent structural collapse. By removing the snow, you will also prevent or minimize the formation of ice dams, which are quite difficult to remove one they have formed.

Roof rakes have to be constructed so as to not damage the tiles or shingles under the snow. Many have non-metal blades or small plastic "runners" on the bottom of the blade to prevent them from scraping and digging into your shingles.

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Re: I want a roof rake to clear snow from my roof!!!

Just read this handy little tip in the Boston Globe online re: 34 roof collapses in MA through yesterday: "People who hear cracking sounds or see buckling in their roofs should leave the premises immediately".

Also heard on NPR this morning that any snow on your roof acts like a sponge when the rain comes, keeping the rain on the roof and stressing it further. Nice, can I borrow your roof rake when you are done with it?
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