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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noayhozay

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#21
Jan 6, 2009
 
A more inexpensive option is to simply use very coarse calcium chloride salt/granules or small pellets. Just get up on a ladder(providing you are physically fit and feel safe about it)and spread the granules onto the problematic areas of your roof. Besides being a cheaper option, this method provides for an overall more uniform, thereby effective application.
dave

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#22
Dec 2, 2009
 
if you do your homework and look calcium chloride is not good for roofs and or your lawns for this is no different than the salt on the roads and we know what that does to things the best is still the roof rake and remove snow from edges before it melts also if you have alot of ice on the edged check your insulation.
Big O

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#23
Dec 2, 2009
 
Ice dams result from poor insulation allowing heat escape, which melts snow and forms the ice dams. Check your insulation first . . .

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#24
Dec 4, 2009
 
We used urea fertilizer to melt the ice off the roof. It is eco friendly and works well.

We haven't had much trouble with ice dams for the last couple years since we had more insulation added to the attic.

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#25
Dec 4, 2009
 
I used the Roof Melt tablets for a few years and they worked fine no problems but they are not the solution. Yes insulation and venting is an answer but not always practical and does not always solve the problem. I have always had problems in valleys on the front of the house so I had roof heat wires installed that help more than Roof Melt. I just put them up on the back myself last week and have them on now and they seem to be working fine. You can get it at Reillys but it might be too late now, Roof Melt is then the next best bet and much better than nothing. I have put a lot of it up on my back roof and have not seen any adverse effects on the shingles.

I have used fertilizer in the past but getting it up there is the problem. The beauty of the tablets are their baseball like quality for roof tossing while freezing your butt off.
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Dec 4, 2009
 

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Jennifer wrote:
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.
Calcium chloride is just a salt, they put it in "low sodium" salt for eating, I think it may have a few disadnavtages, like staining or powder, but thats not so bad.If it works it works.!!

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Dec 5, 2009
 
GR Pete wrote:
The beauty of the tablets are their baseball like quality for roof tossing while freezing your butt off.
LOL...so true!

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Dec 6, 2009
 
Red_Fist wrote:
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Calcium chloride is just a salt, they put it in "low sodium" salt for eating, I think it may have a few disadnavtages, like staining or powder, but thats not so bad.If it works it works.!!
You are correct that it is just a salt. But the calcium chloride itself shouldn't stain as it will dissolve and wash off with precipitation. So you might see some dried salts on the roof until it washes off. If you get any permanant residue it is because the calcium formed an insoluble precipitate with an anion other than chloride. What would concern me the most is using any salt on a roof promoting corrosion to metal components of the roof (nails, drip edge, fascia, gutters) especially if they are compromised in any way, or if your roof is somewhat old.
Daryl

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Dec 28, 2010
 
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?
I think that the damage to the metal flashings would be far more severe. These products are very corrosive to metals as is evident on our vehicles. Take care and inspect for damage if used regularly. Bad flashings will cause problems with both ice and rain.
Not Happy

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Jan 3, 2011
 
As a female in her 50's, climbing on the roof was not a option. I did clear away the edges of snow build up, and from there placed the snowmelt tablets to help remove ice buildup. The result was nothing for 4 days. The December Minnesota winter then started to warm and rain for the 5th day. The tablets did not even disolve with the rain. Looking up on the roof you saw a mushy tablets still in place. This was the worst experience and a big waste of money. My 2nd bucket was returned to the store with a BAD REVIEW.
gordon coates jenison mic

Grand Rapids, MI

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#31
Jan 10, 2011
 
I have had this product on the roof now for four or five days. So far I have not seen any efect by it. As of now, i'm not satisfied with it.
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gordon coates jenison mic wrote:
I have had this product on the roof now for four or five days. So far I have not seen any efect by it. As of now, i'm not satisfied with it.
Do what we do.
Buy a keg or two.
Invite a couple dozen of your buddies over for a roof party.
Serve beer.
Take away ladder so they can't down and inside to pee.
Point them to edge of roof.
Works every time.
Make sure insurance is up to date for the one or two that'll fall off.
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All you really need is keep the very edge, like 6 inches from the edge clean, maybe a 2 inch of snow left behind it don't need to be down to the shingles and it will scrape the shingle if you get that close, not good.

The salt will create ice damns as it melts then at night instead of fluffy snow it turns into ice, rather counter productive.

Now if there is a nice wad of ice already, remove excess snow, add a bunch of roof melt , then keep the snow from building too high afterwords.
Randy O

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Jan 12, 2011
 
Jennifer wrote:
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.
Jen, Where did you get this product from and #2. I live in a large house in wyoming and have a build up of ice and snow by my chimney. Thanks Randy O

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Flint, MI

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Jan 23, 2011
 
I'm going to try the ice melt tablets today. I think I'm developing ice dams in a valley on my roof as I see some small stains in my ceiing. I can't complain too much as my roof is 15 yrs old so I've gotten good mileage out of it. Too late to get any roof work done in late January. Its 10 deg outside... brrrr.

I called all over and found one place that has it. If I get ambitious, I might also steal some of the wife's panty hose and fill it with calcium chloride. Getting it to the roof will be the challenge. But I read that all you do is tie to a rope and toss the rope over the house and pull it up. Easier said than done. I have a 2-story house.

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#37
Jan 23, 2011
 
Found ice melt pucks at Rylees Ace. But also got a roof rake at Home Depot. Threw the pucks on the 2nd floor roof and used the ice rake on the garage and 1st floor porch rooves. The rake worked great. It took off the snow down to the shingles. The one I got has 4 5' poles making it a 20' long pole. I'm thinking of setting up my extension ladder just enough to reach a ridge on my 2nd floor roof that I want to rake.
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Jan 25, 2011
 
gaga2 wrote:
Found ice melt pucks at Rylees Ace. But also got a roof rake at Home Depot. Threw the pucks on the 2nd floor roof and used the ice rake on the garage and 1st floor porch rooves. The rake worked great. It took off the snow down to the shingles. The one I got has 4 5' poles making it a 20' long pole. I'm thinking of setting up my extension ladder just enough to reach a ridge on my 2nd floor roof that I want to rake.
I tried that to so I could reach the peak. I was raking snow off the roof, and it let go and almost took me off the latter. I now have a rope tied to the end of the rake, and throw it to the peak, and pull it down from the ground.
Joshua

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How about the environmental impact? Has anyone thought how we might be further damaging the earth? WHat is this product doing to the immediate ground cover and how is it effecting the ground water and soil composition?
gaga2

Grand Rapids, MI

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#40
Feb 2, 2011
 
Josh, if u r referring to the roof melt its made of calcium chloride and some are urea. Urea is fertilizer.

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