The Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Rake is our best snow rake and this particular tool takes good care of your eaves and roofing by brushing off snow using this snow rake. Moreover, when it comes to its parts, the shovel head is very large and is also equipped with shaver rollers to keep your shingles safe. As for the stability, it is made from high quality aluminum material that is very easy to carry around and highly durable. Moreover, it does not damage your shingles. The snow rake measures 21 feet in length and in reach and the blade spans at a width of 24 inches and has a thickness of 7 inches.
Our step-up pick is the Ames True Temper 1634500 Snow Rake and this snow rake the assembly is not much of a problem with this snow rake. And moreover, the handle is made from sturdy aluminum while the blade is made of poly material that is very lightweight but also durable. As for the total reach, it can extend up to a distance of 17 feet. And in addition to that, the blade measures 22 by 6 inches. All in all, this snow rake is extremely easy to handle due to its design.
The budget pick is the AVALANCHE! SRD20 24-inch Deluxe Snow Rake and it is totally ideal for high ledges and roof peaks. This snow rake also has couplers that have a snap-on mechanism. When it comes to weight and convenience, the snow rake is definitely super easy to carry at any occasion due to weighing only 5 pounds. Moreover, the snow rake also has wheels so your roof stays safe from getting scratched. Last but not the least the handle is made from super lightweight but sturdy aluminum material.
A Little Background
Before we get on with the topic of snow rakes, here is some background information that might interest you.
Snow rakes are unlike regular rakes because they have softer edges that will not damage your roofing. The uniqueness of a snow rake is the fact that it acts like a snow pusher with a softer edge. Compared to a leaf rake with sharp serrated teeth, a snow rake usually has a smooth appearance because of the fact that it is only used to scrape out snow from your roof without the danger of your roofing coating getting damaged. Snow rakes are specialized tools that are different from regular rakes and garden tools and are particularly used only during the winter season for taking out snow from the roof top or any tall or high places in your home or establishment. It is like a long and extending selfie stick or window cleaner but is designed to take away snow from higher places.
When it comes to removing snow on your roofing, snow rakes are the most ideal because they can extend up to longer lengths to shove away snow from your roof top. Just like a telescoping selfie stick that you might often use with your family and friends, a snow rake has a telescoping handle that allows the snow rake to be extended up to its maximum length so you can reach the farthest areas possible with the snow rake to clean up snow from that places. The snow roof is very easy to operate and adjust depending on the size and the mechanism of opening and closing the snow rake. In fact, the snow rake can also be retracted like a telescope so you can minimize its space and store it anywhere you like.
Snow rakes are usually very soft in material and they should not damage the roof coat. This is why even if the snow rake’s handle part is made from sturdy aluminum, the snow rake has a shovel part that is usually made of high density poly material that will not damage your roof top due to the fact that it is very soft but not too soft that it would not scrape snow out of the roof. It is sturdy but not as much that it could potentially ruin the paint of your roofing, which can be bad if you have just painted it or if it has some certain texture that might be ruined with aluminum scrapers and shovels that might not be too safe for your roof when it comes to taking out ice from the roof part of your house. This is why you need to have a very soft but sturdy snow rake to pull snow deposits gently from the roofing part of the house or establishment.
Snow rakes also have telescoping handles so you can reach further with the rake. The telescoping function of a snow rake makes it easy to reach through higher places. You have to be very careful when it comes to pulling out snow from a sloped area. This is because of the very fact that when snow hits the ground due to gravity and a sloped area, it can potentially slip right in through your face and can cause you to stay out of focus, especially if you are on a ladder. Always watch for the incoming ice and snow deposits before you move on to the next snow deposit and do not pull to hard or the snow will come into your face. It takes sometimes just a gentle yet strength filled pull to drive snow from your roof top. Also, do check out the design and steepness of your roofing – some roof systems are steeper than most and this can make snow deposits fall out much faster than most roofing systems which can be threatening and alarming if you want to clean your roof with a snow rake, so be careful.
It is important to get snow off the roofing of your house because it can potentially damage the roofing of your house, cause corrosion and act like rain falling heavily on your roof top. Remember that snow is just frozen water and anything that is in liquid form can become rust on your galvanized steel roofing system. Even if it is not galvanized steel roofing, it might also make the roofing materials crack over time because of the weight of the snow over your house and this is why it is important to get the snow out before you feel something drip inside your house from the ceiling.
How We Picked
In choosing the best snow rake, we considered the following factors so that your roofing will stay safe during the winter:
The snow rake must have a lot of durability to withstand thick ice. This is important because you are scraping out thick snow from the roof and this can be a rigorous experience which needs a lot of care and attention.
The snow rake should have a telescoping handle so that it will able to reach further on a sloped high roof top. Telescoping handles can extend up to 20 to 30 feet on the average for a snow rake.
The snow rake should have a light weight because it can have an impact in straining your shoulders and hands if you carry a very heavy snow rake. However, the weight of the snow rake should not impact its durability.
The snow rake must have a good grip on its handle so that it will be just fine for your operation. This makes the snow rake easy to carry around even with the weight of the snow over you while working on the snow removal process.
The snow rake should be easy to fold down when not in use. The telescoping handle should also be retracted easily. In some cases, snow rakes can also be disassembled easily for travel or transport or for compact storage when the winter season ends.
Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Rake
When it comes to the best snow rake, we chose the Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Rake. On the size of the snow rake, it measures 21 feet in length and in reach. As for the blade of the snow rake, the blade spans at a width of 24 inches and has a thickness of 7 inches. With the great features of this snow rake, it definitely helps you prevent ice dams on your rooftop so it is a great preventive maintenance tool for the winter.
The snow rake by Garelick is very useful and efficient such that it takes good care of your eaves and roofing by brushing off snow using this snow rake. And moreover, unlike cheap and badly-made snow rakes out there, this high quality snow rake does not damage your shingles. As for the length, it is also available in 16 feet length of rake. Very adjustable and easy to assemble and take down for storage, the snow rake has a total of 4 snap sections.
As for the durability of the snow rake, it is thoroughly made from high quality aluminum material that is very easy to carry around and highly durable. And when it comes to the safety of the snow rake, the shovel head is very large and is also equipped with shaver rollers to keep your shingles safe. The snow rake is very convenient as it is super lightweight at only 6 pounds. Moreover, has or the design, the Garelick Aluminum Snow Rake has a very rugged build and design that will be worth your money and time in the long run.
Flaws but Not Dealbrakers
Most products out there have their own flaws but these are not very much to break the deal. For example, the Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Rake has its own set of shortcomings, such as the fact that you may have to purchase stainless steel bolts and nuts to replace the original ones included so that it will be more durable in the long run, but this is just a cheap fix and will make the snow rake very functional in the long run.
Ames True Temper 1634500 Snow Rake
When it comes to our step-up pick, we chose this high quality snow rake, the Ames True Temper 1634500 Snow Rake. As for the structure, you should know that this snow rake is extremely easy to handle due to its design. When it comes to durability, the handle is made from sturdy aluminum while the blade is made of poly material that is very lightweight but also durable. In terms of the snow rake’s ease of maintenance and versatility, it greatly helps you clean up your rooftop from snow which takes its toll using its weight on your roofing durability.
Having a high reach, the Ames True Temper Snow Rake can extend up to a distance of 17 feet due to its long length. When it comes to the blade part of the snow rake, the blade measures 22 by 6 inches and this is why it is very versatile in scraping out snow from your roof top. The Ames Snow Rake is ideal for landscaping purposes as well due to its flexibility.
Handling this snow rake by Ames is not a problem because of the very fact that it is very super lightweight at only 4 pounds. Moreover, the snow rake is also very strong and durable overall. In addition to that, the assembly is not much of a problem with this snow rake.
AVALANCHE! SRD20 24-inch Deluxe Snow Rake
When it comes to our budget pick, we chose the AVALANCHE! SRD20 24-inch Deluxe Snow Rake which can reach up to a distance of 20 feet so it is significantly long and great for taller buildings and higher roof tops and houses for its usefulness. When it comes to the durability and quality of the material of the snow rake, the handle is made from super lightweight but sturdy aluminum material.
On the issue of comfort and convenience, you do not need to worry about this snow rake due to the fact that the end grip is made from high quality vinyl. In addition to that, when it comes to the mobility and smooth operation of the snow rake, it also has wheels so your roof stays safe from getting scratched. On the design of the snow rake, you will definitely find it useful due to the fact that the rake head measures 24 inches in its width so you can reach a lot of areas with its design.
Ideal for high ledges and roof peaks, the AVALANCHE! SRD20 Rake has a quick connect design so it is very versatile and unique among snow rakes out there. In addition to that, the snow rake has a total of 5 sections, each at 4 feet in length so it is very easy to put together. In regard to the nice features of the snow rake, it also has couplers that have a snap-on mechanism.
And what’s more, the snow rake by AVALANCHE also has a mounting bracket for your convenience and for storage so it is very easy to maintain. The snow rake is also super easy to carry at any occasion due to weighing only 5 pounds so almost any person can use it for their roof top. The snow rake is a great preventive maintenance tool because it also prevents your shingles from getting damaged due to its convenient wheels. Adding to its convenient features, the blade is also nonstick so the snow will not mess up your operation. You will definitely find value for your money with the snow rake by AVALANCHE.
Best Extendable Snow Rake
ProValue 96716 Head Snow Roof Rake
When it comes to the best extendable snow rake, we chose the ProValue 96716 Head Snow Roof Rake which has a total of 3 sections in the rake. As for the blade part of the snow rake, it has a total width of 24 inches so it can reach a lot of wide areas and is a great snow rake for small, medium and fairly large roof tops that need to be cleaned of snow.
The ergonomic grip of the aluminum handle can be extended to your liking so it is very convenient in the long run, even when you get tired of using the snow rake and extending your arms to drive out snow from the roof top. What’s more, the snow rake by ProValue is also very super lightweight at only 4 pounds of weight. As for the total reaching area, the snow rake is very convenient such that it can extend up to 16 feet in length.
As for the blade material of the snow rake, you can be assured of the durability because of the fact that the blade is made from sturdy aluminum. The snow rake for roof tops by ProValue is a proud American product. As for the durability and flexibility of the snow rake, the handle is made from aluminum as well so it is very lightweight and durable. In addition to that, braces cover up the aluminum blade for extra durability and snow raking power. All in all, the ProValue Snow Roof Rake is very sturdy through cold weather so it will be definitely a great addition to your tool shed during the winter.
Best Telescoping Snow Rake
Suncast SRT2100 21′ Telescoping Snow Rake
As for the best snow rake with telescoping ability, the Suncast SRT2100 21′ Telescoping Snow Rake is our big winner. This snow rake is very useful and unique and it can be used for two-storey homes and the like. As a unique thing about this snow rake, it has a telescoping feature that lets you reach higher areas with this roof rake. Moreover, when it comes to durability and versatility as well as safety, the blade prevents sticking due to its nonstick material and coating.
All in all, the snow rake by Suncast has a high reach due to the fact that it has an extendable height of up to 21 feet in length. When it comes to its unparalleled durability, its super heavy duty build makes this roof snow rake very dependable. The Suncast Telescoping Snow Rake is ideal for removing tough snow so it is very dependable for any snow and winter clean up activity. And moreover, the snow rake is also very easy to handle due to the fact that the aluminum handles are super sturdy and has a diameter of 1.6 inches. In addition to its flexibility, the handle also helps to reduce flexing so it is super durable.
As for the design of the snow rake, the bottom section of the roof snow rake has been coated with resin to give you a fine and convenient grip and you gain a lot of comfort in the long run. The SRT2100 by Suncast has a curved measurement of 7.4 inches by 24 inches so it is very good snow rake to consider for its size and its price. The blade also has braces to effectively rake snow off your roof or building. The snow rake also has cam lock mechanisms when it comes to extending and locking the telescoping poles of the snow rake.
Snow Rake with Super Wide Design
MinnSNOWta 36″ Roof Razor Snow Rake
Our best super wide designed snow rake is the MinnSNOWta 36″ Roof Razor Snow Rake which has a total width of 36 inches so it can be used for bigger roofing and wider spaces that are in need for a very tough roof snow rake for the winter. With this snow rake, simply let the gravity do all of the work when you rake with this snow rake. Moreover, it is very secure and safe to use on any roof and will not be too flimsy to use. Adding to that, the heavy duty construction ensures that it will last for a long time.
The snow rake by MinnSNOWta is not too heavy to carry on your roofing so it will reduce strain on your hands and shoulders. In fact, the innovative design is unlike most snow rakes out there so it is one of a kind in assisting you in driving out snow from your roof top. The MinnSNOWta Razor Snow Rake uses a unique mechanism which pushes the head of the razor upward and the snow slides all the way down the chute of the snow rake. Moreover, this is ideal for most roof tops that have meticulous coating.
Best Lightweight Snow Rake
XtremepowerUS 15-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake
The XtremepowerUS 15-Foot Aluminum Snow Roof Rake is our best lightweight snow rake which has a very solid construction but despite that, it is very lightweight and easy to carry around. Very safe for your house or establishment, it does not damage your roof top due to the design that keeps the snow chunk away without causing any scratch to your roofing. On durability, the aluminum material is guaranteed safe for your roof top and also very lightweight and resistant to corrosion.
When it comes to size, the blade spans at a length of 25 inches and a thickness of 6 inches while the handle and the overall snow rake can be extended up to 15 feet and has a total reach of 21 feet. The handle has a total of 3 sections and the rake also has some handy instructions for easy assembly. The telescoping mechanism keeps it storage ready when not in use.
Best Poly Blade Snow Rake
Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Roof Rake
With the Garant GPRR24U Yukon 24-Inch Roof Rake, the poly blade is coated in a blue finish that will be easy to spot on your rooftop and the blade also measures 24 inches. Also, the handle is made from aluminum that is super lightweight on the hands. In fact, the handle itself can also extend up to 16 feet. Also, you can also purchase a replacement blade separately.
Moreover, your roof will be totally safe with this smooth yet effective snow rake. It can be used to remove snow from awnings, roofs and tarps. The Garant Yukon Roof Rake has a total reach of 16 feet. In addition, the ergonomic handle will keep your shoulders fine for hours of dragging snow out of the rooftop. The handle is also resistant to moisture so it will not slip on your hands and it will not get snow sticking on it. Super lightweight at only 4 pounds, the handles are also very easy to connect and put together. Depending on your solar panel’s sensitivity, it might also work as a snow cleaner and snow remover.
Unique Snow Rake with Curved Design
Kaufmans Roof Rake
The Kaufmans Roof Rake includes 3 handles which measure 5 feet each and can be slipped together. The sheet metal is made of high quality material. You can also do reverse traveling when cutting through the snow because of the fact that the rake has a curved design which is unique compared to most snow rakes. It is a great maintenance tool for your roofing without damaging it.
Best Aluminum Snow Rake
Midwest Rake 96322 Snow Roof Rake
The Midwest Rake 96322 Snow Roof Rake has a very stylish design as a snow rake. The aluminum material is truly remarkable and is made of industrial strength material and is of aircraft grade so you can be sure that it is of high quality. A grip helps you keep comfortable while raking up snow from your roofing. The telescoping handle has a total of 4 pieces.
The snow rake can extend up to 16 feet in length and reach while the blade has a width of 22 inches. Very easy to assemble and very functional, it is also greatly durable. If you are looking for a long rake then do not hesitate to buy this awesome snow rake.
When it comes to choosing the best snow rake, we chose only those with the best quality in mind and those that will not potentially damage your roofing when it comes to driving snow out of the roof.
Other Frequently Asked Questions
In terms of snow rakes, here are some frequently asked questions that you might wonder about.
Q: How do you remove snow from your roof top using a snow rake?
A: According to WikiHow , removing snow from a roof top using a rake is quite simple. First, you need to buy or borrow a snow rake from any store or source. Next, you need to assemble the snow rake as it should often come in bits and pieces that you can easily put together to form a long snow rake. Always consult the instructions when assembling the snow rake together.
Start removing snow from your roof using the snow rake. Begin with one section, at a distance of 2 to 4 feet and then pull down and let the gravity do the job. Repeat the process for another section of the roof top. You also need to step, reach and rock so you shake up all of the snow on the roof downwards. Finally, when all is said and done, you can look at your finished work after removing all of that snow on the rooftop.
Q: What are some of the safety tips that one should employ when using a snow rake?
A: According to Popular Mechanics , make sure you watch for icicles as it falls. People can get killed and injured with sharp icicles from the eaves of your roof so always make a thorough inspection of your roof from afar and up close first before attempting to rake in snow. If you have flowers, shrubs and other important items down below, you need to be careful not to accidentally pour snow over them.
Make sure you pull gently if your roof’s pitch is very steep or else the snow can slide towards you at an alarming rate. If your roofing is near some power lines, make sure you stay away and steer clear to avoid getting injured
Wrapping It Up
Overall, the Garelick 89421 21-Foot Aluminum Snow Rake is our best snow rake that will be useful for pulling out snow deposits from any home’s rooftop.
Jen Miller is a former electrical engineer and product specialist with more than 20 years of product design and testing experience. She has designed more than 200 products for Fortune 500 companies, in fields ranging from home appliances to sports gear and outdoor equipment. She founded Jen Reviews to share her knowledge and critical eye for what makes consumers tick, and adopts a strict no-BS approach to help the reader filter through the maze of products and marketing hype out there. She writes regularly and has been featured on Forbes, Fast Company, The Muse, The Huffington Post, Tiny Buddha and MindBodyGreen.