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Roof Raking Tips

Updated: Jun 15


Homeowners with cedar roofs are often very proud of them, and with good reason. Cedar roofs are not only beautiful, but also unique – no two are ever quite the same. Homeowners must be willing to take on the responsibility that comes with cedar roofs, since they are more susceptible to rot, insect damage and degradation than other types of roofs.

It’s particularly important to care for your cedar roof during winter, and that includes getting heavy snowfall off your roof. A little bit of snow should be fine, but enough buildup could cause your roof to sag and even collapse. If you’re thinking about raking the snow off your roof, here are some tips to keep in mind.

1. Inspect the Roof

Ideally, this is something you will do before snow falls. Locate any protruding flashing or loose shingles that your rake might hook onto and tear off. Make sure your gutters are securely attached as well. Anything that can accidentally be pulled off or damaged through raking should be addressed right away.

2. Watch Out for Icicles

Icicles are big, pointy and heavy and can cause a lot of damage. Make sure you’re not standing underneath one while you’re raking or you could subject yourself to serious injury.

3. Know Your Roof

Be aware that the steeper the pitch in the area you’re raking, the faster the snow will come off. Be prepared.

4. Watch Out for Power Lines

You’re probably not thinking too much about power lines when raking your roof, but that rake can act like a big lightning rod. Make sure there are no power lines within striking distance of your roof rake, or if there are, be very diligent when raking in these areas.

5. Rake a Little at a Time

If you rake a little bit each day after a snowfall, you’ll make your life a lot easier. Remember, even a cedar roof that has its structural integrity can stand some snowfall. It’s huge buildup that you want to watch out for. If you remove a little each day, you won’t wear yourself out as easily, won’t risk bringing huge piles of snow down on yourself and you’ll still keep your roof safe.

In addition to all of the above, make sure you have a quality snow rake. Don’t be afraid to ask the staff at the hardware store which snow rake they recommend, or to look on line for review of snow rakes. Remember, the better the tool, the easier and safer the job.

It's understandable to want to take care of snow on your roof yourself, but the safest bet, especially if you have some serious snow buildup, is to hire a professional. If you’re located in the Hamptons or Fairfield or Westchester counties, Cedar Roof Coatings specializes in the care, maintenance and repair of cedar roofs. Get a free estimate for all your cedar roof care needs.


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