Snow Rake

by Jane VanOsdol on January 21, 2011

With so much of the country already exceeding their normal snowfall totals for the year (and we’re only at the end of January), it’s a good reminder for us to make sure we’re properly maintaining the outside areas of our homes. Being vigilant about this can help prevent a nasty accident or serious damage to your home.

Many of you snow-weary homeowners are already aware of the danger that a heavy snowfall poses to your home. With so many states on the receiving end of massive winter storms that have been dumping one, two, and even three feet of snow at a time, it’s important to follow some basic tips to help keep you and your home safe in the winter moths. Today we’ll consider how to protect your roof.

Get the Snow Off Your Roof

Snow removal is of primary concern when it comes to your roof. The weight of heavy snow from one massive storm, or the accumulation of snow from several smaller storms can cause too much weight to build up on your roof. The last thing you need to happen is to have your roof collapse.

There’s a right way and a wrong way to go about removing the snow from your roof. The wrong way involves you climbing onto a snowy, icy roof and trying to remove the snow without slipping and sliding off the roof. The right way involves the use of a handy tool made just for this purpose.

Roof Rakes

A snow roof rake is exactly what you need to safely remove excess snow from your roof. Roof rakes are available in lengths from about 16 to 21 feet. Depending upon the height of your roof, you will most likely need to position a ladder securely under the roof and climb up a few steps to attain a proper height to rake your roof.

You don’t need to remove every last flake of snow. Actually, it’s best to leave a light covering of snow on the roof so that you’re not damaging your roof by raking the shingles. (Rakes have a blade at the end.)The Garelick company makes a roof rake that comes with two tiny rollers on either side of the blade to prevent the blade from ever coming in contact with the shingles.

Remove enough snow to relieve the weight on the roof. If you receive frequent snowstorms, it’s best to check the roof daily. It’s much easier to keep up with this job on a regular basis, rather than trying to do it all at once. Just remember, whatever snow you clear off the roof will land on your sidewalks and driveway. So only clear off in one sitting what you can handle shoveling. If you have a snow blower, it will make your job that much easier.

Keeping up with snow removal can be a challenging task. If you have any health issues, call in a professional snow and ice removal service to make sure that both you and your home are protected from Old Man Winter’s onslaught.

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