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Winter in the northern states means it’s colder than a well-digger’s bum, or the snow’s up to your waist, or both.  Heavy snow can damage your roof, especially if the eaves weren’t properly designed to hold the extra weight.  Also, if your roof isn’t getting enough ventilation, ice dams can form when the snow on the warm part of the roof melts and then re-freezes as it reaches the cooler eaves.  You’d have to be nuts to climb on the roof to remove the snow, but you can remove it while standing safely on the ground — with a roof rake.

Garelick’s roof rake comes with “shingle saver” poly rollers that keep the blade from contacting the roof and damaging the shingles.  Garelick makes the handle and the 7″ x 24″ blade from aluminum, so it’s lightweight — just imagine trying to lift and control a 21ft snow rake if it wasn’t.  The handle comes in sections and snaps apart for easy transportation and storage.

I’ve owned this rake for as long as I’ve had my house.  The overhang on my garage was constructed incorrectly, so anytime I get more than 6-12 inches of snow on my garage roof, I pull out the rake. It works as advertised — the rollers ride the roof, keeping the blade away from the shingles.  This does leave about 1/2″ to an 1″ of snow on the roof, but the point isn’t to scrape it clean.

Even though the rake’s made from aluminum, it can be pretty unwieldy when it’s snapped together.  The sections snap together with spring-loaded balls that do fit pretty solidly — when you lift the rake up towards the roof, the whole handle bows quite a bit, but the joints don’t flex.

Garelick’s roof rake will run you between $35 to $50 depending on whether you get the 16ft or 21ft handle.

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3 Responses to In The Winter We Rake Our Roofs

  1. steve says:

    I have one of these pre-rollers with a lousy plastic rake/. The bolts tore out of the rake and the joints come apart pulling four or more inches of snow.

    I now have a profession snow-rake (from MI) with adjustable rollers, a cloth surface belt and the rods are 1 1/4 aluminum and do not come apart

  2. Frank Townend says:

    Nice but the front edge of the roof on my house ranges from 30 to 40 feet off the ground. The peak is another 15 or so feet.

  3. Topgun says:

    Here in the wintry Northeast, I’ve used a snow rake many times on the eves of my Cape, which makes very quick work of getting that snow off the ‘ice dam’ problem areas. Flex of the handle is normal, and not a problem unless it’s breaking, as you’re placing the rake in position and then pulling it towards you, the force is pretty much linear. Just do it before the snow has had a chance to get old and crusty, as that will make it tougher to get the rake in the proper position against the shingles.

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