There is a very hot item that isn’t on the market right now. It’s called a snow roof rake and the reason it’s not on the market is because all stores seem to be sold out.
I started a conversation yesterday with a buddy of mine about roof rakes and he mentioned that he went to Home Depot to get one the day before. They were all sold out. He said that the guys working there were trying to put together some rigged up models. I have been trying to avoid Home Depot lately, and since I kind of wanted a roof rake, I decided to head to the local Ace Hardware to see if they had any. Yeah…no. When I walked in, the guy working there told me they had a “list” of people who were waiting for them.
I have been watching a lot of people in this neighborhood shovel snow off their roofs. I haven’t really done too much because we don’t have icicles. I figured that we were in the safe zone. Well, as it turns out, it doesn’t matter if you have icicles or not, with the amount of snow we have been getting, ice still builds up on the gutter area. It’s just bound to happen.
Without a real roof rake, I was forced into searching the garage to craft something homemade. Here’s what I came up with:
I used the driveway sealer squeegee and an extension pole to work as a snow roof rake. I have to say, it worked great (I used the metal part face down, not the rubber part). An added bonus was that I could use one end of the squeegee as a hammer to bang the ice off the edge of the roof. worked like a charm; I only missed a few areas because I simply could reach them.
So, if you are experiencing an issue with snow and ice on the roof and you can’t find a snow roof rake, go back to the store and pick up a driveway sealer squeegee and an extension pole. It’s better than nothing and it does a pretty good job.