This year's excessive snowfall totals have forced many Americans to spend their weekends performing a somewhat miserable task: clearing the heavy white stuff from their roofs.
As a result, the term "roof rake" has become a trending topic on Google, and demand for the tool of the same name, which helps clear potentially ruinous heaps of snow off sagging roofs, has exploded across the northern half of the country.
Essentially, a roof rake is a long aluminum pole connected to a flat piece of metal that is used to scrape away layers of snow. The device comes in handy for those homeowners not too excited by the prospect of getting up on top of a slippery roof with an old snow shovel in hand.
In states like Connecticut, where storm upon storm has deposited several feet of snow, roof rakes are said to be, according to the New Britain Herald, "going through the roof." And several stores across the tri-state area, including Home Depot, were reportedly sold out of the must-have item.
YouTube has its fair share of demonstration clips of roof rakes in action, and Surge Desk has a sampling.
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