Last Updated on August 31, 2020
Snow is heavy. It weighs about 20 pounds per cubic square foot, so anyone who lives in an area with extreme snowfall will need to find something to keep it from piling on their roof. That’s where roof rakes are handy.
Roof rakes come in all shapes and sizes. They’re made of a variety of materials, so how do you know which one to buy? We’ve reviewed a lot of them and have found eight that we think stand out above the rest. We’ll give you a quick rundown of each one, give you things to consider when shopping, and finally give you some safety tips for raking your roof.
|Best Overall||AVALANCHE SRD20||
|Best Value||Ames Telescoping||
The AVALANCHE! SRD20 Snow Rake Deluxe features an aluminum handle that snaps together quickly when you need to use the rake. It also breaks down easily to fit into the included wall-mounted storage unit.
The handle has a vinyl grip for a firm hold to help give you the best control. It can be extended to reach up to 20 feet and has a wide 24-inch blade to cut snow into small chunks before you pull it down. There are also wheels built-in near the edge to help keep the blade from scraping and damaging your shingles.
The AVALANCHE! doesn’t have any braces that connect the outer edge of the blade to the pole to give it more stability. Braces keep the blade from bending and breaking underweight. You may want to consider adding some of your own.
The pole is metal and can rust quickly. It’ll last longer if you dry it thoroughly after each use before hanging it up to store.
The Ames Companies True Temper Telescoping Snow Roof Rake has an aluminum handle with a non-slip grip to help you manage it efficiently. The telescoping handle only requires the push of one button to extend up to 17 feet.
The Ames True Temper line of roof rakes offers five different blade widths ranging from 26 to 52 inches. The blade, and the end of the handle, are made of sturdy poly material. The tip has a hole in it to allow hanging storage, without taking up too much space.
This rake works best when you cut the snow into small pieces to remove at one time. It doesn’t work very well when the snow gets really heavy. You’ll want to rake frequently so the snow doesn’t build up too much. Although this rake has a telescoping handle, it’s still straight and hard to get into corners.
Even though it can be tricky to use this roof rake at times, we found it to be the best on the market for the money. It does an excellent job of clearing your roof without damaging it and doesn’t take up too much room.
The Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake’s lightweight handle can reach up to 21 feet. The 24-inch blade is attached to Garelick’s patented shingle saver rollers. Although the rollers keep the rake from dragging on your shingles, they don’t roll very well on their aluminum axle.
When we got our Garelick Roof Rake, we found that not all the holes lined up as they should, and we had to play with some of the pieces to get them to fit correctly. The handle has quite a bit of flex, so it can be harder to handle than some other rakes, but it still gets the job done.
The Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Poly Blade Snow Roof Rake has an aluminum handle with three five-foot sections so you can make it five, ten, or 15 feet long. The anti-slip grip helps you maintain a firm hold on it, but the extensions aren’t the sturdiest. The handle has a lot of wobble, especially when you’re using all three sections.
This roof rake has a wide-angled head with a 24-inch polyethylene blade to help cut snow into manageable chunks and make it easier to remove. This rake works wonders on light, fluffy snow, but is challenging when snow is heavy and wet.
The Suncast 24″ Adjustable Roof Rake has a resin-coated aluminum handle. Four sections snap together to extend the handle from seven to 21 feet.
The lower part of the handle is curved to make it simpler to use. It also has a 24-inch non-stick graphite blade that glides along the roof effortlessly. It isn’t too difficult to get the snow to fall off the shovel, for the most part. It does tend to get caught in the scoop, putting extra pressure on the handle.
The Suncast Roof Rake is a multi-purpose tool. Not only does it get snow off your roof, but it also works to rake leaves in your yard.
This rake gets more cumbersome and challenging to use with each extension added. You may want to avoid putting the rake up onto the roof or taking it down around any windows.
The Suncast can be disassembled for trouble-free storage, but it’s hard to get it apart once used.
The Extreme Max 5600.3207 Roof Snow Rake has an aluminum handle with four extension rods that snap together quickly to reach up to 21 feet. It’s easy to maneuver with one or two extensions but can be quite challenging when using all four.
This roof rake has a 24-inch blade with rollers to roll down your roof smoothly without scratching shingles. They do get caught up with the edge, though. You may want to trim the corners off the blade to keep the wheels moving smoothly. Even when the wheels aren’t restricted, this rake still doesn’t work well with wet and heavy snow.
When we received our Extreme Max Roof Snow Rake, the holes in the handle didn’t all line up as they should, and the poles didn’t fit together well. They assemble quickly with a snap-button and should disassemble the same way. However, the tabs don’t release as they should, making disassembly almost impossible without two people.
The Snow Joe RJ205M Telescoping Snow Shovel Roof Rake has a 25-inch aluminum blade and an aluminum pole that adjusts from 6.2 to 21 feet. This pole is one piece that slides inside itself to store. To extend it, pull out the section you want and tighten the plastic coupling.
The couplings are challenging to handle when you have gloves on, and don’t hold very well. It isn’t unusual for the handle to collapse, requiring you to readjust it frequently. They tend to bind up in freezing weather, making it hard to collapse the handle back down.
This roof rake is excellent for removing light, fluffy snow. Trying to get heavy, wet snow or wet leaves off the roof may be too much and cause the handle to break.
The Goplus 20′ Snow Roof Rake has a telescoping, non-slip aluminum pole. This rake telescopes out to 21 feet and has twist-n-lock couplings to keep it in place. The wide 25-inch blade has a scoop that helps pull snow down off roofs.
This rake does get the job done, but doesn’t come without its misgivings. The illustrations in the instructions don’t match the wording, or the rake itself. Once we got it together, it was challenging to get a good enough hold on the couplings to get them tight enough to hold. We found that the Goplus didn’t work very well if there was too much snow built up, or if it was too wet and heavy.
Roof rakes come in many different sizes. The one to get depends on the size of your house. You want a handle that’s long enough to reach where you need it to, but not so long that you have trouble controlling it.
Length isn’t all you need. The blade width will determine how fast you can remove snow. If you have a large house, you’ll want a wider edge.
Roof rakes are labeled with two numbers to indicate handle length and blade width. A label that reads 21’ x 25” means the handle is 21 feet long and the blade is 25 inches wide.
Straight-handled rakes can get the job done, but they’re more challenging to handle since they have no give.
Bending handles work for any downward-sloping roof, and for getting into corners that aren’t reachable with a straight handle.
Telescoping handles allow you to easily adjust the handle length for more adaptability for different roof heights.
Be mindful of how the rake was made. Look for aluminum or plastic handles over metal, since they’re lighter and won’t rust. Get plastic or polyethylene blades that won’t scrape or damage your shingles.
You want your roof rake to last as long as possible, so get one that won’t bend where it isn’t supposed to, and won’t rust. The best ones have aluminum handles with polyethylene blades.
The rollers, wheels, or bumpers located near the rake’s blade are there to keep the rake from actually touching the roof’s surface. They protect both your roofing material and the rake from scraping and damaging each other.
REMEMBER TO ALWAYS WEAR PROPER FOOTWEAR IF YOU WALK ON YOUR ROOF.
When we reviewed roof rakes, we found eight that we think will work for anyone. Some are more expensive, can be easier to use, and last longer. The more economical ones are still good rakes for their price; they just aren’t made quite as well. You should expect some wobble in the handle. They also may not be able to handle wet, heavy snow. If you live somewhere that gets lots of heavy snow, pay a little more to get one that can handle more massive loads.
Determine how long you need your rake to be, and how wide the blade should be. The size of your house and the height of your roof determine what rake you should get.
Here’s a last look at our favorite models:
1. AVALANCHE! SRD20 Snow Rake Deluxe – Top Pick
2. Ames Companies True Temper Telescoping Snow Roof Rake – Best for the Money
3. Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake’s
4. Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Poly Blade Snow Roof Rake
5. Suncast 24″ Adjustable Roof Rake
6. Extreme Max 5600.3207 Roof Snow Rake
7. Snow Joe RJ205M Telescoping Snow Shovel Roof Rake
8. Goplus 20′ Snow Roof Rake
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