How To Remove Snow From the Roof and What Tools Do You Need?

You’re in a rush to get out the door and you don’t see any snow on the roof… but wait, did it snow overnight? Is there a chance that melting snow got on the roof? If so, you may have a problem that needs to be addressed. Or maybe you have no idea why people kick off snow from their roofs – well, here’s your answer. 

Snowstorms can be beautiful, but they come with some pretty big headaches. One of the most daunting tasks after a snowfall is removing the snow from the roof of your house. It’s dangerous work and it’s important to know how to do it safely and effectively, so you don’t risk any injury or damage to your property. In this blog post, we will explore how to remove snow from the roof as well as what tools you need in order to do so safely and effectively.

We’ll also discuss why it’s important to keep an eye on your roof during winter months and what signs you should look out for that indicate that a professional may need to ask for help. So let’s start.

Is it safe to remove the snow?

Yes, but be sure to take proper precautions when removing snow from your roof so as not to do damage to your house. Make sure you have the proper tools and equipment before attempting to remove snow. Also, be sure to work slowly and carefully to avoid injury.

What type of roof do you have?

If you have a sloped roof, you will need to remove the snow using a shovel or roof rake. If you have a flat roof, you will need to use a broom or brush to remove the snow. If you live in an area where it snows frequently, you may want to invest in a snow removal tool specifically designed for the type of roof at your house. This will make the job easier and help prevent damage or replacement to your roof.

Gathering the necessary tools

To remove snow from your roof, you’ll need a few supplies,  it’s important to use the right tools for the job. If you try to remove snow with a leaf blower or other similar tool, you’ll likely damage your shingles and may even cause them to fall off your roof. Here is a list of tools that may be necessary for removing snow from your roof:

  1. Roof rake: This tool is designed specifically for removing snow from roofs. It typically has a long handle and a wide, curved blade that allows you to reach the snow from the ground.
  2. Ladder: A sturdy ladder is necessary for accessing the roof. Make sure the ladder is long enough to reach the roof safely and that it is positioned at a safe angle.
  3. Snow shovel: If the snow on the roof is too deep or compacted to be removed with a roof rake, you may need to use a snow shovel to carefully remove the excess snow.
  4. Ice melt: If there is ice on the roof, you may need to use ice melt to help loosen it and make it easier to remove.
  5. Gloves: Wearing gloves can help protect your hands from the cold and from any sharp edges on the roof.
  6. Warm clothing: Make sure to dress appropriately for the weather, including wearing a hat, coat, and boots to keep warm.
  7. Protective eyewear: Wearing goggles or other protective eyewear can help protect your eyes from snow and ice.

Clear the area around the ladder

If you’re going to be removing snow from your roof, it’s important to clear the area around the ladder first. This will help you avoid slipping and falling while you’re trying to maneuver the ladder. Start by shoveling any snow or ice that has accumulated around the base of the ladder. Be sure to clear a path that is at least 3 feet wide so that you have enough space to safely move the ladder. Once the area is clear, you can set up the ladder and begin removing snow from your roof.

Assuming you have a ladder tall enough to reach your roof, follow these tips to set it up safely:

  • Place the ladder on level ground, and make sure the legs are fully extended.
  • If possible, have someone hold the ladder steady while you climb.
  • Climb slowly and make sure to keep your body centered between the rails.
  • Wear gloves to protect your hands from the cold and wet.
  • When you’re finished, lower the ladder slowly and carefully back to the ground.

Remove the snow

The first step in removing snow from your roof is to make sure that you have all of the tools that you need on hand. This includes a ladder, a shovel, and an ice scraper. You should also have a pair of gloves and some goggles, as well as anything else that you may need to protect yourself from injury.

The next step is to clear off any debris or snow that has accumulated on top of your gutters and downspouts. If these are clogged with leaves or other debris, they will be unable to do your job properly and water will build up on your roof instead of flowing away.

Next, remove any large sheets of ice from your roof with an ice scraper. These can be purchased at most hardware stores, though you can also use one side of a kitchen knife for this purpose if necessary. You should also remove any loose shingles that have been dislodged by the weight of heavy snowfall or strong winds during storms.

Clear Snow from the gutters

It’s important to clear snow from your gutters so that melting snow doesn’t cause problems with your roof. You can use a variety of tools to do this, including a shovel, a garden hose, and a brush. Use a soft-bristled brush to remove any remaining snow and ice from the gutters. Once you’ve cleared the gutters, you can use a garden hose to rinse them out.

Apply Melting Agent

After necessary snow has been removed snow from your roof, you’ll need to first apply a melting agent. You can use a variety of different products for this, but we recommend using calcium chloride or magnesium chloride.  You’ll get this product at most hardware stores. Once you’ve applied the melting agent, you’ll need to wait for it to work. This can take anywhere from a few minutes to a few hours, depending on the product you’re using and the temperature outside.


Removing snow from your roof can be a dangerous process, so always use a ladder to reach the roofline if you can. If you cannot use a ladder to access your roof, be sure you have someone with you who can assist you in case of an emergency. If the snow is extremely deep or has built up into significant drifts on your roof, it may be best to wait for warmer and drier weather before attempting to remove it. To know how to plow a driveway properly, you can read our blog.

Joxan Williams
Home Maintenance Expert | | Website

I'm a licensed home maintenance contractor with over a decade of experience, dedicated to preserving your home's value. My expertise includes roofing, gutter installation and repair, fencing, pool maintenance, deck and patio construction, plumbing, appliance repair, lawn care, painting, garage doors, windows, sump pumps, and steam heating systems.