A roof rake is a type of rake that lets you remove snow and ice from your roof. If you leave the snow on the roof for too long, it will melt and then turn into ice dams. These can damage your roof and gutters, so it is important to remove the snow when you're able to. Here are some helpful tips for using a roof rake.
Use the Right Rake
Using a roof rake all starts with selecting the right rake for the job. Do not use a roof rake where the blade of the rake is made of metal or any material other than plastic. Plastic is the only material that can remove the snow effectively without damaging your roof. The handle is often made of metal as it gives you more stability and control, but the blades should be plastic. Also look for a roof rake that has wheels or rollers on the blade portion, since they help to elevate it slightly and keep it away from direct contact with the roof.
Work in Small Layers
When you are removing snow from the roof, you most likely will not remove all of the snow from one area in just a few pulls. This is difficult to do and just makes your job harder. Instead, work in smaller layers around the roof so you are removing an even amount of snow from each area. Otherwise, you might pull all the snow from three corners, and then give up and not finish the job. Work in layers of about a few inches at a time, then repeat the process until you have removed all of the snow.
Work From the Bottom Up
It might seem like working from the top is the way to go, but this is not the most effective way to use a roof rake. You want to start from the bottom of the roof and work your way up as you go along. You will start by raking a few feet of snow that is closest to the edge. After raking those few feet, walk forward to the next area of snow, and continue the process. Keep going up to the top of the roof as you remove snow. Not only is this an easier method, but it prevents snow from falling down into your gutters and causing ice dams.
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