How To Safely Remove Snow From Your Roof

Yay! The first snowfall of the year! Isn’t it always so beautiful? Until it starts to build up on your roof, causes damage, and dangerous icicles start forming … Your excitement probably quickly turned into annoyance as you wonder; “how am I going to get all that snow off my roof!?”

By following these tips, you’ll know when and how to safely remove snow from your roof so you no longer have to worry about weight build-up and very sharp and heavy icicles!

How Do I Know It’s Time To Remove Roof Snow?

It’s important to remember that the weight of the snow is the most important factor, not the actual depth.

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​If you know the square footage of your home, you’ll be able to do the math. A good rule of thumb to go by is; if you’ve got six to eight inches of snow on your roof, it’s time to get it off, especially if it’s a low-pitched roof.

Why Is It Important To Remove Snow From My Roof?

There are many ways snow can cause damage to your home:

​Don’t Go On The Roof!

​When it’s time to remove the snow from your roof, do not go up on the roof. This should always be left to a professional contractor. It’s too risky at any time throughout the year, which is why professionals wear harnesses and tie themselves off. With the proper tools and equipment, you’ll be able to reach and remove the snow safely and efficiently.

Clear A Path Around Your House First

What is the most efficient way to remove snow from your roof? A snow rake. They’re lightweight, easy-to-use, and can extend as far as you need it too (you may need to purchase extenders to attach). Although it may not be as easy to use on a low-pitched roof, you’ll still be able to remove some snow and that’s always better than nothing.

Some of the best snow rake tools can easily be purchased on Amazon or at Rona, Lowes and Home Depot like:

These products are easy to put together, they save your back, they’re lightweight and require little effort, and they have wheels that prevent the scraper from ruining or damaging your roof/shingles. These products can extend to reach any part of your home, even if it’s two or three storeys, which is great for removing icicles forming too. They also have a plastic sheet attached that allows the snow to follow a safe path down to the ground instead of right back at you! It’s best to ensure your kids and dogs are inside while you remove the snow.

If you’re looking for a cheaper roof rake that doesn’t have wheels, just be sure to leave a small amount of snow left on the roof so you don’t scratch or damage the shingles. These roof rakes can be purchased for under $100:

Helpful tip: Don’t add salt to your roof to get rid of snow. It will ruin your shingles and your grass, plants and bushes when it falls off.

Exercise Caution Around Power Lines

​Roof rakes are made of aluminum. When aluminum and power lines get together … it’s not exactly a party. We don’t need to get into the details, but just as you should be cautious with ladders and power lines, roof rakes can be equally as dangerous.


Colin Thomas MacMillan

Colin Thomas MacMillan, CEO of Riverwood Landscape, boasts over 8 years of expertise in landscaping and 3 years in transportation and logistics. A prominent figure, he serves as a board member for the Waterloo Chapter of Landscape Ontario and has been a vital part of the community for five years. Recognized for his insights, Colin has contributed to major industry events, including LeadsCON 2023. His entrepreneurial journey in landscaping began post-high school, driven by a lifelong aspiration and self-taught skills. Outside work, Colin's interests span history and video games, and he's dedicated three years to learning German, reflecting his commitment to personal growth. His professional ethos emphasizes a resilient, people-first approach, advocating for mastering current tasks and prioritizing quality in business and client relations. An avid reader of industry articles and an active networker, Colin's dynamic approach to professional development cements his status as a leader and an inspiration in landscaping and logistics.

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