Fortunately, there are several “in-between” options:
Fixed scoop with short handle; snow is “lifted” and thrown; requires a lot of physical effort; can be dangerous when used from the rooftop; inexpensive
Similar in design to a garden hoe with a wide blade and long handle; snow is “pulled” off of the roof; requires physical effort; relatively inexpensive
Premium Snow Rake
Uses a cutting frame and vinyl slide; the cutting frame is “pushed” up the roof, snow flows down the slide; requires less physical effort – gravity does most of the work; moderately more expensive than traditional rakes
Electric/Radiant Heating Systems
Integrates heating cables/panels within the rooftop; when energized, melts snow; expensive to purchase, maintain and use (energy costs)
When considering rooftop snow removal tools, your budget and its ease of use are guiding factors.
But there are other points that should be considered — most notably, quality and durability. How is the tool constructed?
- Is it made with plastic, fiberglass or commercial-grade materials?
- Is it light or heavy?
- Is it corrosion resistant?
- Is it a quality-built product that will last or will you be replacing it every year or two?
When we designed the SnowPeeler, we took all of these into consideration. SnowPeeler is a premium snow removal tool that clears rooftops 2-3 times faster than traditional snow rakes. It’s constructed of commercial-grade aluminum, UHMW-PE and stainless-steel hardware. Its corrosion resistant, lightweight and incredibly durable — built to last many winters.
Maintaining your roof in the winter ensures the investment you’ve accrued in your home. Choosing the right snow removal tool for your roof is also an investment. It’s not just an investment of money, but an investment of your time and energy. Choose wisely!