TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT: Roof Melt

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I headed out to Grand Rapids' Heritage Hill to test a product called "Roof Melt." It's a hockey-puck sized calcium chloride tablet you're supposed to be able to throw up on your roof and prevent the damage that ...
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Tammy-kent city

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Jan 30, 2008
 
I used the ice melt tablets on our roof 2 years ago. If the snow is not fluffy and deep, the tablets will not stay on the roof. When I did get them on the roof, there were no results and instead purchased a roof rake. I would not recommend them or purchase them again.
Kevin Zahniser

Monroe, MI

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Jan 30, 2008
 

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My wife and i lived i a mobile home about six years ago. We tried the Roof Melt tabs on our porch cover and a few problem areas where ice dams formed. It took a day or two but the ice dams and the porch cover were freed of the large ice formations and there was still some calcium cloride left over for future ice and our problem was solved. I contacted a roofing contractor berfore we purchased the roof melt and he wanted $350.00 to rid our roof of ice. We could not and still cant afford that kind of money so we went to Northshore hardware in North Muskegon,and they suggested the roof melt and they were right. Do you think the roofer you asked to rate this product had a conflict of intrest. I mean how much work is he gonna loose if he recommends a product that makes him obsolete?
Kevin Zahniser

Monroe, MI

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Jan 30, 2008
 
Tammy-kent city wrote:
I used the ice melt tablets on our roof 2 years ago. If the snow is not fluffy and deep, the tablets will not stay on the roof. When I did get them on the roof, there were no results and instead purchased a roof rake. I would not recommend them or purchase them again.
How did you use a roof rake to get the ice dams off? I now have a roof rake for the house i live in and yes they are a good prevenative measure but if ice is already there and there is no snow to hold the tabs or any calcium cloride product for roofs in place then im afraid the old hammer and chisel is the only alternative, Then i suggest a roofing contactor as if damage occurs its their responsability.
Michelle Mauricee

Richland, MI

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Jan 30, 2008
 

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We love Roof Melt. This is our second year using this product and have found it very effective. Maybe not in the few hours you tried but over afew days it really eats away at the ice build up. We use it above downspouts and in crevices and valleys. Thhe rain tends to melt it too quickly but just use additional cubes. I also use it at my shop WASH 'N WAGS for the alluminum overhangs. It prevents the large ice chunks from crashing onto cars.
Maybe you should go back and visit that house to see if it had any effect. Especially during thawout.
Jennifer

Grand Rapids, MI

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Jan 30, 2008
 
About the product, I used it and it works. Calicum chloride, I also use on my driveway and it's better than rock salt and works in alot colder temps. Concentrated Calicum chloride (like the tablets) will work on the ice and snow. It's also good not to wait to the last minute if you have a severe problems to start the tablets, catch it before it gets really horrible. Also, I think well enough of the local retailer that sold it to me that they would not sell it either if they didn't think it would work.

Since: Mar 07

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Jan 30, 2008
 
Hmm? Interesting that most of you liked this. I thought that rather odd that Lauren and the other guy could rate this as poorly as they did after only 5 hours of it on the roof. I mean, my gosh, it's freaking frigid out there. Even I wouldn't expect this to work immediately! May have to check into it more.
Melly

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Jan 31, 2008
 

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Try calcium chloride tied in the leg of a pr. of panty hose and lay it on the roof. As things melt it will roll down to the edge.
Sue H

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Jan 31, 2008
 
We tried this product and thought it was a waste of money. Wish we would have kept the receipt to return the unused portion.
Marie

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Jan 31, 2008
 
Cork wrote:
Hmm? Interesting that most of you liked this. I thought that rather odd that Lauren and the other guy could rate this as poorly as they did after only 5 hours of it on the roof. I mean, my gosh, it's freaking frigid out there. Even I wouldn't expect this to work immediately! May have to check into it more.
Exactly. There was no comparison to other ice melt products either and the gy was a roofer. Roofer's want you to call them not take care of the problem less inexpensively by using a product like roof melt.
Marie

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Jan 31, 2008
 
Cork wrote:
Hmm? Interesting that most of you liked this. I thought that rather odd that Lauren and the other guy could rate this as poorly as they did after only 5 hours of it on the roof. I mean, my gosh, it's freaking frigid out there. Even I wouldn't expect this to work immediately! May have to check into it more.
Exactly. There was no comparison to other ice melt products either and the guy was a roofer. Roofer's want you to call them, not take care of the problem less inexpensively by using a product like roof melt.
Dave

Holland, MI

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Jan 31, 2008
 
I have used it on my roof with great results, and I crush up some tablets right in the bucket and use it on my wooden deck and stairs.

I think it's great.
Taxpayer

Grand Rapids, MI

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Jan 31, 2008
 
Another happy story from the Giggle Girl (one of them, anyhow) on WZZM
Dave

Coldwater, MI

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Jan 31, 2008
 
Marie wrote:
<quoted text>Exactly. There was no comparison to other ice melt products either and the guy was a roofer. Roofer's want you to call them, not take care of the problem less inexpensively by using a product like roof melt.
I went to their website at roofmelt.com and it says their product is patented. I checked a couple others and they weren't patented.

I was pretty impressed by all the information available on their site.....
Lynn

Boulder, CO

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Feb 1, 2008
 
First, and most importantly, I have been using Roofmelt for the past couple of years and I am thankful the $$ it has saved me. I have been there, done that in dealing with destruction from ice dams and over priced "roofers" - Roofmelt has proven to be a much better fix. Secondly - I enjoy the Try It Before You Buy It segment - BUT PLEASE – when you pick someone to help you test a product, make sure they are truly unbiased. Your credibility is on the line.
Jennifer Kovak

Detroit, MI

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Feb 3, 2008
 
I totally disagree with this article. I just picked up a bucket of roof melt because of the ice dams I was experiencing these past 2 weeks. I threw a few up on the roof and then decided to throw a couple more up a half hour later. Yes, the ice was thick and built up so it took more than I originally threw up there the first time, but it did work! And it's been the most effective thing I found yet. I am very happy with this. Its like sidewalk salt.....you put a little more where the ice is thicker.....but it melts the ice! I'm not sure if it took the man who wrote the article a little longer because perhaps it was really cold that day, but it worked really good for me and it was 16 degrees out. Also helps a lot to insulate your attic for those who have real problems. But this product is great and I will keep buying it.
Rosiesmom

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Feb 3, 2008
 

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I'm still on the fence about this one. If I wait much longer to decide, it will be spring, and I won't have to worry about ice.
More opinions, please!

“Dude, Where's my car?”

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Works or not, I guess my concern would be what Calcium Chloride does to shingles after several years of use. Does anyone know?
Carol NE Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids, MI

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Feb 4, 2008
 
I tried this product also. I did not see where it helped at all. I still have icicles and about 3 inches of ice right on top of my porch roof. I would not waste my money and buy any more. I will try crushing them up and using them on the steps though. It is an expensive product for that though. I wish I would have read this sight before I bought them.
Mark

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Feb 5, 2008
 
Calicum chloride is what all the de icers are made of, this is just easier to use as a tablet.

I went to roofmelt.com and looked up all sorts of information.

It works for me and I will continue to use it. Five years now and no damage to any part of the roof....

Since: Feb 08

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Feb 5, 2008
 
Hurley35 wrote:
Works or not, I guess my concern would be what Calcium Chloride does to shingles after several years of use. Does anyone know?
Good point, not to mention the product may void the warranty on those "lifetime" shingles.

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