TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT: Roof Melt

TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT: Roof Melt

There are 74 comments on the WZZM Grand Rapids story from Jan 30, 2008, titled TRY IT BEFORE YOU BUY IT: Roof Melt. In it, WZZM Grand Rapids reports that:

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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Richard

Jenison, MI

#61 Mar 21, 2014
Madison wrote:
Fill panty hose with any kind of ice melt and throw it in the gutters. The weight keeps it up there and it works.
Doesn't the ice melt kind of make your crotch itch and burn though?
gaga2

Grand Rapids, MI

#63 Feb 10, 2015
Old but good topic. If you want to check that Roof Melt works, just spread some on ice on your driveway or sidewalk. It melts the snow. It is no different from the Calcium Chloride granules you buy in a bag.

I still use it but only on spots I cannot reach with the roof rake.
SNOWDIN

North Andover, MA

#64 Feb 10, 2015
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.
Just a little trick in helping get the pucks where you want them. Duct tape a red solo cup to the rake end of your snow rake, drop in the puck,lift the rake up to where you want it, rotate, and out it drops. This cuts down on trying to catch a falling white puck before it disappears in the snow bank, sure you'll have a few rollers getting away, but you can get most of them right up behind that dam where they can get to work
gaga2

Grand Rapids, MI

#66 Feb 11, 2015
SNOWDIN wrote:
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Just a little trick in helping get the pucks where you want them. Duct tape a red solo cup to the rake end of your snow rake, drop in the puck,lift the rake up to where you want it, rotate, and out it drops. This cuts down on trying to catch a falling white puck before it disappears in the snow bank, sure you'll have a few rollers getting away, but you can get most of them right up behind that dam where they can get to work
Thanks for the tip. Unfortunately, the way my roof is laid out that valley area is tough to reach with the pole. But I do have a mean pitching arm so I don't mind making that throw.
winteristoolong

Westwood, MA

#67 Feb 14, 2015
Doesnt work. Dont waste money
winteristoolong

Westwood, MA

#68 Feb 14, 2015
I used several of these tablets in one area where a large ice damn existed. It didnt do anything besides make a hole the size of the tablet in the ice. You would have to use the whole bucket on a little ice damn for it to even do anything. Waste of money and time.
Retired13

Tonawanda, NY

#69 Feb 16, 2015
Thanks for your review. It was helpful in deciding weather or not I would by this product. I also have an ice dam and trying to get rid of it. My next step is to use the panty hose method and hope for good results .

Since: Jan 11

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#70 Feb 16, 2015
When temps dip down to single digits like we have now no type of ice melting product - except maybe electrical heat tapes - will work.
Snowstruck

Auburn, MA

#71 Feb 27, 2015
It doesn't work
CATHY

Olean, NY

#72 Mar 28, 2015
DO NOT BUY STAINS SIDING BRIGHT ORANGE, NOW HAVE TO PAINT..NEVER NEVER BUY ROOFMELT AGAIN
CATHY

Olean, NY

#73 Mar 28, 2015
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.
Did he tell you about the possible staining?

Since: Jan 11

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#74 Mar 28, 2015
That is strange. I have use Roof Melt for the past 3 years and have not had stain issue. Rood melt is calcium chloride and is white from the get go. Maybe there was something in the roof that caused it to stain like rust.
Margriet Knubben

Yarmouth, Canada

#75 Jan 26, 2016
I used Roofmelt to avoid ice builtup on our roof. It does not do anything, complete waste of money. After the sun sun melted the snow and the ice, the leftovers of the tablets were still on the roof.
(Besides that you almost kill yourself opening the user unfriendly container.)
T Mike

Two Harbors, MN

#76 Jan 30, 2016
Roof Melt sounds good in principle and easy, safe usage application. Follow instructions 100% and applied tablets twice three days apart during a period of 25 to 35 degree weather. Results were poor at best. Might work exceptional well in the mid USA but northern Minnesota not so well. Bought a roof rake and solved my problem in one hour. Out $20 BUT learned a valuable lesson PLUS I now have a nice black heavy duty bucket.

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