Does Roof Raking Damage My Roof?

Posted on March 22, 2019 · Posted in Roof Maintenance

In Maine, the snow can pile up quickly on surfaces. When it begins to accumulate on the roof of your home, you may recognize it’s time to take action. Snow can weigh as much as 60 pounds per cubic foot – that puts a lot of pressure on your roof to remain strong and structurally sound. One of the options many people use to remove some of this snow is roof raking. Should you? Will it damage the roof?

Removing Snow – Roof Rake or Not

To be clear, you should take steps to remove snow from your roof. However, you should never climb on a ladder in the winter months to do so. You also don’t want to stand under a heavy sheet of snow and ice that’s coming down off the rooftop. This is why roof raking is popular. It allows you to remain on the ground and out of the way, but still pulls down a significant amount of snow.

How to Roof Rake Snow Safely

The problem is, even the best roof rake itself can create a significant amount of damage to the shingles or tiles on your roof if you use it improperly. Here are a few tips to help minimize this risk:

  • Never place the roof rake directly on the rooftop. Always keep it as close to the top of the snow pile as possible, away from the surface.
  • Use a downward motion to pull off the snow, but don’t dig into the roof surface or scrape the roof as you move the rake.
  • You don’t have to remove all of the Leaving an inch or two is just fine for most roofs. This helps to protect the roof from the rake grating against the shingles and causing damage to it.

Other Tips for Snow Removal from Rooftops

It’s not easy to handle roof maintenance during the winter months. That’s why it is important to have this work done prior to the start of the heavy snow. In the meantime, consider these additional tips:

  • Don’t allow icicles to grow on the edges of the roof or the gutters. This can create a dangerous situation when they fall.
  • If your roof has a steep pitch, monitor it for falling ice and snow. This can cause significant damage to your property or injure someone if they are standing under the roof eave.
  • Work with a roofing company to ensure any damage is taken care of right away. If you spot a leak or an ice dam builds up, call the professionals for help.

At Horch Roofing, we never recommend that property owners climb on their roofs to remove snow or for other reasons. However, we do encourage you to give us a call if you need any type of help.

Considering Your Options

Working with a professional roofing contractor, such as Horch Roofing, you will learn more about the products that are right for your needs. Horch Roofing is Midcoast Maine’s largest and most experienced roofing contractor. We provide metal roofing, asphalt shingle roofing, EPDM rubber roofing, and seamless gutters for both residential and commercial roofing projects. We also offer free roof estimates or job estimates. Horch Roofing has been roofing homes on the coast of Maine since 2003.  We serve the communities of coastal Maine from our headquarters in Warren. You can call us at (207) 273-1111, visit us at 2414 Camden Road, or contact us online.