Now that winter is here, Connecticut will most likely get several snowstorms. Snow that accumulates on a roof can melt, run down to the eaves, refreeze, and form ice dams. It can also weigh down a roof and possibly cause it to collapse. After a large snowstorm, you should rake snow from your roof to avoid these problems. There are some specific features you should look for when shopping for a roof rake.
Your roof rake should have small rollers, bumpers, or wheels near the blade. This is important because they will keep the rake from scraping against the surface of the roof. If you choose a roof rake without rollers or bumpers, the blade will drag on the shingles and tear off granules that provide fire resistance and protect the roof from the sun’s UV rays. If the granules are removed, that will dramatically shorten the life of the roof. Without rollers or bumpers, the roof rake could tear shingles off the roof completely.
Look for a roof rake that is made of plastic, not metal. Plastic is lighter and easier to handle. If the rake slips or you scrape too hard, plastic is less likely than metal to damage the roof. If you decide to get a metal roof rake, make sure it has plastic or rubber bumpers on the blade.
Choose a roof rake with a slight bend in the handle. This is easier to use and will let you move the rake vertically. A straight rake can only be moved back and forth.
A telescoping slide feature can help you remove more snow from the roof because it will let you reach higher. You can use a straight roof rake if you only want to remove snow from valleys and overhangs.
Buy a couple of spare extension rods when you buy your roof rake. They will help you reach farther and will come in handy if the roof rake breaks, which happens frequently.