7 Best Roof Rakes To Remove That Snow | Reviews & Buying Guide

A roof rake is a flat-headed rake with a long handle, which may be extended depending on the model, designed to allow a homeowner to remove snow from the roof while standing on the ground.

It’s really effective as a simple tool for protecting the structural integrity of your roof or parts of it. It’s also an ice dam prevention method, roof-raking being the easiest way to keep snow off your overhangs and out of the lower parts of your roof valleys.

Affordable and widely available, this tool is a must have for all home owners living in areas where winters are snowy. Invest a little money today to avoid potentially huge costs tomorrow.

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Buying Guide and Useful Tips

Although there are many different models, the best roof rakes should have the following features.

First of all, the rake should have rollers, wheels or bumpers as a part of the blade of the rake. These are important because they keep the blade rake off of the surface of your roof.

Without the rollers, the blade would drag directly on the shingles as you move the rake up and down your roof to remove the snow. This might damage the shingles or scrape the granules off your roof and the rollers prevent this from happening. This goes for the most often used roof cover in the USA – asphalt shingles.

These top surface granules block ultra-violet light which would otherwise cause the shingles to deteriorate. They also provide physical protection of the asphalt and give the shingles their color. Some shingles have copper or other materials added to the surface to help prevent algae growth granules provide fire-resistance and protection from the sun’s UV rays.

Scraping these granules can drastically shorten the overall life span of your roof. Also, without the rollers or wheels, there’s a good chance you will catch the tabs of the shingles during the snow raking chore and tear entire shingles from your roof.

Another useful feature of the best roof rake for your buck as well as for the task at hand is a slight bend in the handle. It allows you to move the handle vertically as you rake the roof, while a straight rake handle would only let you push the rake back and forth. A slightly bent roof rake is more maneuverable and easier to use.

As for the materials the best roof rakes are made of, plastic is better than metal. Plastic is lighter in weight, and if the rake slips or if you accidentally scrape too hard, you’re less likely to chip or otherwise damage a shingle or scrape off the granules.

Granules are the small, pebble-like bits of a shingle. Granules provide most of the protective qualities of shingles, and make the rough texture of most shingles. Plastic is gentler on the granules and shingles and equally efficient for roof raking.

If you decide to buy a metal roof rake for reasons of durability and sturdiness, make sure it has rollers or either plastic or rubber bumpers on the blade of the rake for protection of your shingles and granules

Another feature you should look for is a telescoping slide feature, or extension feature and compatibility of your best snow roof rake handle. As a matter of fact, a protractible roof rake is the only feature which will enable you to rake all the snow off your entire roof. It allows you to reach the farthest parts of your roof, up near the peak. Straight ones are all you need, though, if you’re only removing snow from the valleys and overhangs of your roof.

You can better understand and evaluate roof rake features and benefits by taking a closer look at the some of the best roof rake models we included in our snow roof rake reviews.

7 Best Roof Rakes

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Avalanche - Original Roof Snow Removal System AVA500 with 17-Inch Wide Cutting Head and 16-Foot Quick Connect Handle

Avalanche - Original Roof Snow Removal System AVA500 has been a leading roof snow removal solution because it's easy to use and very effective. According to Avalanche roof rake reviews, Avalanche snow roof rake products successfully prevent ice dams forming on your roof and they also make roof raking an easy chore.

Check out this short video to see how efficient and easy to use Avalanche system is:

Avalanche - Original Roof Snow Removal System AVA500 features a patented cutter frame for amazing roof snow removal at a fraction of a time compared with a traditional roof rake. Our roof rake review backs this claim.

It has 1.5″ wheels to protect shingle roofs and the plastic slide measures 17″ x 12′. The slide is held by a 16′ lightweight fiber-glass handle in four 4′ sections. The snap-on coupler system allows for easy storage and the product weighs a total of 10 lbs which will greatly reduce back strain and make it easy to handle Avalanche AVA500.

This system is heavier than most aluminum roof rakes but most of the effort you roof raking using AVA500 is pushing it up the roof, once per pass. By comparison, the roof rake needs constant effort to tug some snow down and then push the rake back up.

Lifting the Avalanche off the ground and onto the edge of the roof can be awkward due to the weight and you may notice that the pole handle bends a little. Once it’s up on the roof, it works well. The snow does indeed break off in chunks and comes sliding down quickly. You’ll feel like doing way less than you used to with your old roof rake.

The snow slides off effortlessly in large sections and the fabric-shoot conveniently deflects the snow away from the house. The wheels protect the shingles and don’t get stuck, even in heavy snow.

You’ll find the extensions easier to insert and remove than in most traditional rakes and removing snow will definitely go easier on your back than pulling snow off with a conventional snow rake. This is by far the best roof rake system for fast and easy snow removal.

Without additional extensions you may only comfortably reach the lower sections, depending on how big your roof is. The unit and trailing fabric are a little cumbersome to move from one area to the next. According to Avalanche roof rake reviews, the purchase of additional extension might be necessary in some cases.

Things We Liked

  • Simple but efficient roof raking system
  • Patented cutter frame with 1-1/2-Inch wheels 1
  • 7' x 12' plastic slide and 16' lightweight fiberglass handle in four 4' sections
  • Snap-on coupler system for easy storage
  • Easy assembly with no tools needed

Things We Didn't Like

  • Additional extensions need to be bought separately, if necessary



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Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake With 24-Inch Blade

Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake features exclusive, patented "Shingle Saver" rollers. This unique snow flake roller design is easier to use because the blade never touches the roof's surface, preventing damage of shingles while making it easier to remove the snow from your roof.

This roof rake will help you to safely remove snow from roofs and prevent formation of ice dams. Ice dams cause water to back up under shingles as the snow melts which causes damage to your roof, ceilings and walls. Removing snow also relieves unnecessary weight on the roof which can damage the eaves.

Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake does a really good job of clearing the snow. You can I use it with just one pole to get the lower roof parts and use one or more extension poles for the rest of the roof.

It is really easy to use. It's light-weight, easy to control, and the wheels glide over the roof easily without damaging shingles. It will certainly prevent ice-dams without too much strain on your back.

Although it’s lightweight, it can still be a bit awkward to lift up on top of your roof because it is so long. What you can do to make this easier is put up the rake head on the roof first and then add more extensions to the pole while getting it up higher on the roof. This might be your best snow rake as regards simplicity of adding extensions.

Things We Liked

  • 21-foot reach using 4 easy snap together sections
  • Won't damage shingles using rollers
  • Blade measures 24-inch x 7-inch for fast raking
  • Lightweight and easy to set up

Things We Didn't Like

  • The rollers could be better quality



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AVALANCHE! SRD20 Snow Rake Deluxe 20 with 24-Inch Wide Rake Head 20-Feet Quick Connect Lightweight Aluminum Handle

AVALANCHE! SRD20 Snow Rake Deluxe 20 has a 24-Inch Wide Rake Head and a 20-foot quick connect lightweight aluminum handle. It offers a fast and easy way to protect your home from destructive ice dams and snow loading.

At 5 lbs. the Snow Rake Deluxe 20 is quite easy on your back and shoulders. The 24in. wide plastic rake head removes a generous swath of snow with each pull. Two easy-rolling wheels keep the rake head at a safe distance from your shingles preventing damage to your roof.

This model will help you reach up to 20-feet with a quick connect and the lightweight aluminum handle. The vinyl end grip makes the raking an easy job to protect your home from destructive ice dams.

The rake uses a 24-inch-wide rake head for reaching the hard-to-get areas near roof peaks and high ledges while the built-in wheels prevent damage to your roof. Once you’ve finished raking, it’s easy to store the rake away using the included mounting bracket.

Pole comes in five 4-foot sections with snap on couplers and is solid built and the usual Avalanche quality. The roof rake reviews confirm that this rake is strong enough if you use it properly, but do remember that even the best roof rake isn’t made for fighting with ice.

On the sloped roof, you should first remove deep snow from the bottom of the roof and gradually work your way to the top. The most important part of the task is to get the soft snow off the roof so it doesn't keep melting and sending water to pile up behind the ice dam or, better still, not to allow an ice dam to form in the first place.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight aluminum handle with vinyl end
  • Reaches up to 20-feet with a quick connect
  • Built-in wheels prevent damage to roof
  • Easy to store with included mounting bracket

Things We Didn't Like

  • Not the easiest rake to handle when fully extended



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Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Poly Blade Snow Roof Rake

Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Poly Blade Snow Roof Rake removes snow you’re your roof, awnings and skylights. This roof rake has a light and resistant polyethylene blade that won’t damage roofs. It has an anti-slip, ultra-light aluminum handle which is designed to provide you with minimum strain and discomfort.

The wide angled head for easy snow removal is maneuvered using a set of 3 sections of 5-feet ultra-light aluminum handles. This roof rake requires complete assembly, but it's not difficult.

The rake is very light-weight, which is good as you're balancing it at the end of the 16' handle length and pulling it down against your shingles. The only downside for some of you might be the handle length. The total of about 16 feet isn't very long so you’ll be able to rake only the lower sections of your roof.

For higher sections, don’t try using this rake from a ladder unless you have someone to hold the ladder for you. At this length, Garant GPRR24U Yukon is okay if you have a low roofline, or a very good and sturdy ladder plus someone there to hold it. Otherwise, go for a longer handle rake.

If the length works for you, you’ll be pleased to hear that the rake itself is well made and can stand up to some pretty rough raking in spite of it being made from plastic. If you learn to take small chunks of the snow on the roof, this rake makes quick work of clearing the snow, and it will not damage your roofing material.

The construction of the whole unit is very good. A nice feature is that the three piece handle comes with a rough finish so that the grip is much better when raking. It won't slip out of your hands.

Again, assembly is simple and easy and the instructions are clearly written and illustrated. You can order replacement parts for this rake, if needed. The three pieces of the handle easily interconnect and disconnect and some of you may find this a much better system than a handle that telescopes in and out.

Things We Liked

  • 24-inch blade does a good job
  • Polyethylene won’t damage roof top
  • Wide angled head for easy snow removal
  • 3 sections of 5-feet ultra-light aluminum handles
  • Anti-slip grip a useful feature

Things We Didn't Like

  • For the higher ones you might a longer handle



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Garelick 89416 16-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake With 7-Inch by 24-Inch Blade

Garelick 89416 16-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake features a 7-inch by 24-inch blade and a 16-Foot reach using aluminum handle with 3 easy Snap together sections.

This model also features exclusive Garelick patented "Shingle Saver" rollers as well as the design which makes this rake easy to use as the blade doesn’t touch the roof's surface, which prevents damage of shingles. It makes roof raking less of a job and more of a healthy exercise.

Garelick 89416 16-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake also does a great job of removing the snow from your roof just as Garelick’s 24-foot model but with a slightly shorter reach: you’ll be able to rake the snow from the lower roof parts but for the higher parts of the roof you’ll need a longer handle rake.

This model is also really easy to use being light-weight, easy to control, and having the wheels to glide over the roof without damaging the shingles. It will also prevent ice-dams on lower parts of your roof.

Ice dams can cause water to back up under shingles when the snow melts which would cause damage to your roof. In addition, raking snow off your roof also relieves unwanted weight on the roof to prevent damage of the eaves.

Things We Liked

  • 16-foot reach using 3 easy snap together sections
  • Lightweight and easy to set up unit
  • The blade measures 24-inch x 7-inch for fast raking
  • Lightweight and easy to set up

Things We Didn't Like

  • According to this roof rake reviews, the rollers could do with design and quality improvements



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Extreme Max 5600.3207 Shingle-Saver 21’ Roof Snow Rake with 24” Blade

Extreme Max 5600.3207 Shingle-Saver 21’ Roof Snow Rake with 24” blade will help you rake the snow off your roof without damaging your shingles with metal-on-shingle contact.

This tool comes with shingle-saver technology as the only contact between the rake and your roof is that of the shingle-saver rollers.

At a total length of 21', the Shingle-Saver Roof Rake is perfect for removing snow from lower pitched roofs and up to two-story houses. The angled blade makes it easy to reach corners which are more difficult to get to while providing a firm grab at almost all angles.

The 7" x 24" blade offers solid snow removal efficiency at a size large enough to cut through the thick snow that may build up you roof. The aluminum construction makes it lightweight for maneuverability but the rake is still strong enough to pull through even the thickest snow.

When you’ve finished raking or if you don't need the entire 21' length, simple snap-button disconnects easily to collapse the rake into much smaller pieces. This makes it easy to maneuver as well as store away.

Things We Liked

  • 21-foot reach with 7” x 24” inch blade
  • Lightweight aluminum makes it easy to maneuver
  • Angled blade offers more use in less space
  • Easy snap-button for quick assembly and disassembly

Things We Didn't Like

  • The rollers don’t spin well enough



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Snow Joe RJ204M 21' Twist-n-Lock Telescoping Snow Shovel Roof Rake with 6" by 25" Poly Blade

Snow Joe RJ204M 21' Twist-n-Lock Telescoping Snow Shovel Roof Rake comes with 6" by 25" Poly Blade will help you prevent damage due to the heavy snow load on your roof and save you money on otherwise costly repairs later on.

This handy, easy to use and affordable roof rake will efficiently help you remove snow, wet leaves and other winter debris from your roof while standing safely on solid ground.

Snow Joe Model RJ204M features an innovative Twist-n-Lock telescoping pole that quickly and easily adjusts from 6.2 feet to a lengthy 21 feet for even greater overhead reach.

At only 4.8 pounds, this rake is ultra-lightweight, durable and easy to handle. Its over-sized poly blade rake head measures 6 inches by 25 inches for maximum raking power.

The only thing that does make getting the snow off the roof a little tough with this rake is when the snow is wet and sticky. The snow can stick to the head of the rake and make it heavy to reposition on the roof easily in order to keep shoveling.

If you need to lift it up and let it drop on your roof with a little force to get the snow to fall off, be gentle and use minimum force so as not to damage the shingles.

Overall, in just minutes you’ll have the rake fully extended or collapsed, without problems with it in freezing temperatures. It feels lighter to handle, and, as an additional benefit, the section closest to the rake has added flexibility. This increases maneuverability and you’ll be able to position the rake more easily as confirmed in our Snow Joe snow rake reviews.

What's more, along with the pole improvement this new version uses small screws that are tightened with an included Allen wrench to attach the braces to the plastic rake. This is a system which appears less likely to loosen and will help maintain structural integrity of the tool.

The assembly requires attaching three screws to two braces and one nut and all necessary hardware is included. This is another solid and lightweight tool for removing snow off your roof where ice dams tend to build up. Easy to telescope in and out to get the proper length, this rake comes at a great price and will, hopefully, be of great help.

Things We Liked

  • Lightweight and easy to use
  • Twist-n-Lock telescoping pole quickly adjusts to 21 ft for extended reach
  • 6" by 25" Poly Blade

Things We Didn't Like

  • No rollers on this model