Best Roof Snow Rakes

Updated November 2022
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Avalanche! Snow Roof Rake
Snow Roof Rake
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Our home improvement expert notes that this high-quality snow roof rake stands out for its convertible heads and lightweight build.


Snaps together with ease, so users don't have to spend time assembling it. Arrives with an adapter to attach the heads to standard or specialized heads. Weighs little, reducing fatigue on the user's end. Durable and long-lasting.


Some users wish the length was longer.

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Garant Yukon Snow Roof Rake
Yukon Snow Roof Rake
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Best for Light Jobs
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Delivers a terrific blend of affordability, convenience, and quality.


Wide-angled head makes it simple to remove snow. Anti-slip grip. The 24-inch polyethylene blade is strong and durable. Aluminum handles are lightweight.


Designed for moderate roof snow removal only.

SNOWPEELER Premium Roof Rake for Snow Removal
Premium Roof Rake for Snow Removal
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This extendable snow roof rake boasts some user-friendly features.


Combines a durable blade and a 20-foot length with a "snow slide" that helps prevent snow from blowing. Divides into four 5-foot segments. Easy to use.


Pricey. Some longevity concerns, as pole can reportedly break with heavy-duty use.

Snow Joe Telescoping Snow Roof Rake
Snow Joe
Telescoping Snow Roof Rake
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Simple Yet Solid
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A lightweight twist-and-lock telescoping roof snow rake that can adjust from up to 21 feet.


Only weighs 5.7 pounds and features a durable handle for a sturdy grip. Oversized blade allows for quicker clearing. Also works on wet leaves and debris.


Locking mechanism freezes up when it's cold, making it hard to adjust.

Signstek Snow Roof Rake
Snow Roof Rake
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Most Versatile
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This roof-snow removal rake is designed to work on all types of roofs without damaging them.


The wheels and snow cutter on this model can handle everything from metal roofs to cedar shake roofs. Like other brands, it has a 21-foot reach. The convenient, easy-snap connectors require no tools to assemble.


This model is slightly heavier than the other options on our shortlist, which could make it harder to operate.


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Buying guide for Best roof snow rakes

If you live where snow is plentiful, you probably are stocked with shovels and other tools to clear snow from pathways, driveways, your car, and areas around your home. But have you ever given thought to your roof?

Snow building up on your roof can not only add stress to the roof, eaves, and gutters, but can also lead to ice dams, a condition that can result in water damage inside your house. Climbing up on your roof with a shovel is one way to take care of snow build-up, but you run the risk of damaging the roof or hurting yourself.

Roof snow rakes are an easier and safer way to remove snow from your roof. With these tools, you can take care of the situation from the safety of your lawn or driveway. Roof snow rakes also minimize the possibility of doing damage to your roof, particularly if it is topped with shingles or a similar material.

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One foot of compacted snow averages around 30 pounds, meaning the fluffy white stuff can pile up and add some serious weight on your roof pretty fast.

Roof snow rakes design and construction

A roof snow rake’s purpose is pretty straightforward: pull snow off your roof. Its basic design mirrors this simplicity, with two components – a pole and a blade – forming the backbone of the majority of roof snow rakes.


The materials used in the pole’s construction should be both lightweight and rust/corrosion-resistant. Aluminum (and to a lesser extent, fiberglass) fills both requirements. Comfort and ease of use can be added by going with a padded or anti-slip handle.

A long length (generally 15 to 24 feet, or 4.5 to 7.3 metres) is an essential part of any roof snow rake, and this is achieved at the pole level in one of two ways: either through a segmented pole, or a telescoping one.

  • Segmented. This allows the pole to break down into several equal-sized lengths (usually three or four). The rake will be easier to handle with fewer segments, so if your roof is accessible with fewer, leave off a segment or two when using it. Segments should easily connect and disconnect, yet remain strong when joined together. A simple button-locking system is standard here.

  • Telescoping. Instead of segments that can be completely separated, a telescoping pole contains all segments within it. You can choose what length you want, and then secure the pole so it stays at that length (usually with a twist and lock system). Because it involves fewer parts, a telescoping system can be easier to store.

Expert tip
When storing your metal roof rake, dry it with a towel then wipe interlocking or moving parts with a 3-in-1 oil or cooking spray to keep it lubricated and prevent rust.
Beth Allen
BestReviews Home Improvement and DIY Expert


Usually 24 to 25 inches in width, the blade is the "shovel" end of the rake that attaches to the pole. It is often constructed from plastic or aluminum, and some have a graphite covering that allows them to slide easier over the roof. A wider angle will allow you to remove more snow at a time, but can also add to the “bulk” factor. The blade should also be lightweight, as the heavier it is, the harder it will be to use.

Support struts

Some form of support struts are also generally used to secure the blade to the pole. These should be rugged and hold the blade firmly, while not infringing on your snow-removal efforts.


As mentioned, this isn’t a complicated product design-wise, but you will be facing some form of light assembly when the rake first arrives. For the majority of rakes, assembly should just be a matter of bolting the support struts to the blade and then to the pole. When it first arrives, verify that all hardware is included and read the directions carefully.

Note that you will also need to be “assembling” the rake every time you use it, particularly if it is made up of segments. Take a few minutes to put the rake completely together and take it apart, so you’ll know what you are doing before the snow flies.

Special features

A couple of special features that you will find with some roof snow rakes include wheels and slides.


Wheels on the blade of a rake help to protect against roof damage. With wheels, the blade never touches the roof. If your blade has wheels, they should be rugged and attach securely to the blade. Wheels work best on metal roofs.


While rarer than wheels, slides are available as an integral part of some rakes. This tough, plastic sheet creates a smooth surface that sections of snow can slide down, giving you more control of the process.

Expert tip
Roof rakes can be used to gently remove heavy snow from hedges and shrubs weighed down by snow. This prevents branches from breaking and splitting. 
Beth Allen
BestReviews Home Improvement and DIY Expert

Roof snow rake prices

There isn’t a whole lot to differentiate one roof snow rake from the next, and this is reflected in the tight price range. Rakes start around $40, with more expensive models going for around $70 to $80, occasionally more. Higher-priced rakes can be lighter, or offer a higher quality design or construction. Rakes capable of reaching a higher roof can also cost a bit more.

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Did you know?
Roof snow rakes work best for pitched roofs and are less effective for flatter roofs or those with a lesser pitch.


  • If you have an extra-long roof and will need additional pole segments, be sure that you can easily purchase them from the company or seller.

  • A top-heavy 20+ foot metal pole and a live power line is a recipe for disaster. When using your roof snow rake, know where all power lines leading into your house are and steer clear of them.

  • Soft roof snow rakes are a special type of rake that can be used safely to clear off solar panels and more delicate surfaces such as awnings.

  • Never use a roof snow rake while on a ladder. The combination of wet ladder rungs, a bulky rake, and snow cascading off the roof is a dangerous one.

  • Roof snow rakes equipped with wheels are recommended for metal roofs, as the wheels will allow the rake blade to float over the seams of the metal roof.

  • The easiest way to remove snow from your roof is by raking it in layers. Start at the bottom of the roof and pull off a foot or two at a time, slowly working your way up the roof.

  • Some roof snow rakes are designed with a slight curve in the pole near where it attaches to the blade. This curve gives users a better angle on the snow, allowing them to cut deeper into it.

  • Before you purchase a roof snow rake, inspect your roof carefully so that you are sure you will be able to use it. Roof defects like loose or curling shingles, or flashing that can hook the rake, can leave you unable to effectively use a rake on it.

  • Try to clear your roof off before the snow from a storm has a chance to “set” and compact. If you rake the roof soon after a snowfall, chances are the snow will slide off more easily.

  • While it may seem harmless, the rush of snow sliding off your roof while raking can be heavy and even harmful. Be sure that other people and pets (not to mention yourself) are standing away from the eaves when you are raking snow from your roof.

  • A curved blade can help to scoop snow better.

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Even a minor amount of snow can form an ice dam, particularly during extremely cold conditions. If you have a history of ice dam problems, keep your roof clear of even minor snow accumulations.


Q. What are ice dams?

A. Ice dams occur when ice builds up at the edge of your roof, trapping melting snow behind it. As the water accumulates, it can leak into your house, damaging your shingles, roof, walls, and ceilings. Once formed, ice dams can be difficult to remove without damaging your roof. Keeping the eaves and lower portions of your roof cleared of snow is key to stopping the formation of ice dams.

Expert tip
Keep in mind that roof rakes are designed and best used to pull snow down rather than push it from an upper window or roof break.
Beth Allen
BestReviews Home Improvement and DIY Expert

Q. Will a roof snow rake damage my roof?

A. Roof rakes are designed to minimize roof damage, but you should still be careful when using them. Try not to slam the rake down on the roof, or pull too violently on it to free snow. Additions like wheels can keep the blade of the rake from ever touching the roof, and the choice of blade material — plastic over metal — can also help.

Q. What kind of maintenance do roof snow rakes require?

A. A roof snow rake requires little maintenance. You should check your rake before each use to verify that all bolts attaching the blade to the pole are tight. Other than that, just be sure that it is either broken down or retracted and stored securely after each use.

Q. Which is more effective: a roof snow rake, or heat cables?

A. Heat cables are lengths of heated wire that are attached to the eaves of your house. When they are plugged in, they can help keep ice dams from forming. Heat cables are expensive to buy and use, and if you aren’t going to install them yourself, you will need to pay someone to do it for you. Once installed, they aren’t super durable and aren’t really effective in removing heavy snow. If you are worried about ice dams, we recommend a roof snow rake over heat cables.

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