December 18, 2013

Do You Need a Roof Rake?

Many of us have already seen plenty of snow and winter is not even officially here yet.  It may seem like forever before we can head back out and get the sprinkler systems going again, in hopes of having a lush, green lawn for springtime.

The sprinkler system is likely away for the winter season, but if heavy snow is going to be a common occurrence over the next few months, there is something you may want to add to your tool shed: A roof rake.

Cities and towns should take care of plowing the roads after a snow storm. As for your driveway, that’s why you have that snow shovel.  But what about the roof of a home? Heavy snow can cause problems if left on a roof.  This is where a roof rake may prove to be invaluable.  

It’s a good idea to get the weight of that heavy snow off of the roof. Removing the snow from the roof will also help prevent ice dams.

A roof rake is not exactly the same thing as the rake you use for your garden or lawn.  A roof rake is a steady piece of metal or plastic about 16 to 20 inches wide on an extension pole. You can find roof rakes at most hardware stores, or you look up a local roof rake retailer online.  It’s a good thing to go to the store and ask questions if you are a first-time roof rake buyer. 

The roof rake is designed to help make it easier to remove snow from the roof.  Being on a snow-covered roof can be very dangerous.  Using a ladder can also be dangerous. A roof rake allows you to stay on solid ground and remove some of the snow from the roof. It’s still important to watch for fallen ice and avoid power lines. Again, if you have never used a roof rake before, head to your local hardware store and talk to a trained associate to determine if a roof rake is a tool for you this winter.


Phil Goold is a retired landscaper of 30 years. He loves being outside more than anything else, except maybe pie. He enjoys connecting with other landscapers and gardeners because everyone brings something new and fun to the table. Connect with Phil on Twitter and Google+.

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