The Roofmelt Ice Melt is designed to eliminate the need to climb onto roofs while melt snow. The tablets help prevent roof damage by melting through ice dams and allowing water to drain safely. They work effectively in temperatures down to -25Â°F.
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56%of customersrecommend this product65 of 116reviews
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56%of customersrecommend this product65 of 116reviews
We had a terrible winter, with significant ice dams on our new home. These melted the ice dam from below, allowing water to drain off the roof. I ordered extra to have on hand for the future. The picture below is the ice dam that fell off my roof after melting from below. The roof melt tabs melt through the ice, to the roof and then drains under the ice instead of backing up into the attic.
Pros: Easy to Use, Accurate
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Review 2 for Ice Melt
These work great, if you can put a hockey puck on your roof.
These pucks work great, but you have to use them sensibly. Get up on a ladder and set them on the roof, or toss them up like a mini frizbee so they land flat side on the roof, or toss them up into fresh snow so they won't slide.
I've been using them for several seasons, and as long as I remember to get them on the roof, I have no ice dam problems at all. The occasional toss comes flying off the roof, but if one breaks in half i toss it back up, or crush it on the sidewalk. At the end of a bucket, take the broken bits, and pour them into a doubled up old sock or panty hose and set it on the worst valley on your roof.
Purchased this product after we sustained tremendous interior damage from a ice dam within the box gutter in December, well we had twice the amount of ice and snow in Jan and Feb, and NO ice dams since using this. Very each to use - they are slightly smaller than hockey pucks and have a good weight to them. Very easy to lobe them up to the 3rd story roof into the ridge and box gutter. Wish I did this in December!! Oh and very roof friendly, no residue or salt stains which we were concerned since the roof is only 3 years old!
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Long-Lasting
We where lucky enough to have Home Depot selling it for the regular retail with free shipping. A good amount of sellers prices doubled or almost trippled during the bad snow here in New England. The product does work. ( we did roof rake as well) We had part of an ice dam fall off our roof and we were able to see the water channels the tablets created. My only compaint is they are hard to get on roof. (we have 3 floors) The best way I have found is an under hand toss. Just aim away from windows they could break them. I think if we were able to get them up there right after the storm the results would have been better. I ended up buy 3 more totes for next year!!!!!!
Pros: Easy to Store, it does work
Cons: Difficult to Use, need a good underhand toss
Don't waste your time or money on this product. I emailed the company's customer service as well as VP Tom O'Malley and told them I had a bad batch of their product. Mr. O' Malley did not respond but customer service asked for my address so they could send me a container to return the product for testing. They never did send me anything. So, poor product, poor customer service equals poor company. The product didn't melt jack. I tried it on the ground in a pile of snow to make sure. Again, do not buy this product.
Had used them before about two years ago...... Worked as advertised..... I use a 16Ft extension pole, was for painting ceiling, with a measuring cup attached to the end..... The way I can drop the " pick " right where I want it, while being on the ground.... I try and drop them a few inches above the ice dams.... Works well for me.......
The ice melt works great on the roof. It melted the snow and ran down the gutters. then the solution opened the downspouts. Also it was quite fun to walk around the house and trow the pellets up on the roof. I felt like a kid.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store, kind of fun to apply
Like most things these days, this was a nice idea poorly implemented. In theory, it sounds great, in reality. Not so much. The biggest problem is, getting it in the right place on your roof. If you have a low enough roof, you can reach up, or stand on something to get it into position, then it works pretty well. Of course, if you can reach it, there are other cheaper ways of getting at the ice. For higher roofs, it's a balancing act. Most of the ones I threw up there either missed, or else rolled back down my roof and shattered, wasting the tablets. At what they charge for these things, that ain't cheap. Another issue is I wish they came in a container that I didn't need to use a crowbar to open
The roofmelt pucks melt through ice until they reach the roof. They then sit there and presumably release salt which runs downstream, eventually melting through so water can flow off your roof. However, an ice dam with a 3-inch vertical hole in it can still stick very tightly to your roof. Once the puck has sunk into the snow or ice, you can't see what it's doing, so it's very hard to know if you're making a difference. After our epic Boston snowfall, I put a lot of energy and a lot of pucks into getting the bottom 3 feet of my roof clear of ice, and water was still leaking into our house. Only then did I toss some pucks farther uphill, into the ice I couldn't reach, and then the leak stopped. The ice is still there. I think the roofmelt did the trick, but I can't be sure, and I won't know for sure when I'll need to throw some more in the same area. In short, this product melts ice, but it's hard to know how to use it, because you can't see it doing its job.
Cons: Difficult to Use
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Review 11 for Ice Melt
Useless and overpriced
PostedFebruary 21, 2015
No, I do not recommend this product.
This stuff is overrated and overpriced!
The main problem is unless your extremely lucky they fall back off the roof into your garden. Because they are stupidly designed as round they roll back down off the roof into your garden.
Over 50% of what I threw up rolled back off. The idea is to avoid ladders and throw them from the ground. No chance. Even when I got a ladder they still roll off.
If you want something that works get much cheaper calcium chloride and fill them into women's tights. When you throw them they'll stick!!! Good luck
It's very imporant to know that this product is specifically for melting a channel through an ice dam and won't melt all the snow on your roof. If used to melt a buildup of ice on the roof with no ice damming to catch/concentrate the runoff it will probably just cause more icicles to form.
Throwing them onto your roof as instructed is very difficult. These roof melters are shapped like a 2.5" diameter by 1.5" thick hockey puck, so if you have a steep roof with no snow cover they will slide/roll off. I have several in my lawn - they burned their way through the snow/ice down to ground/pavement in about an hour, so they have pretty good melting power.
I got up on a step ladder and lighly tossed them to the roof - much more effective. The ones that I placed along the eves of my roof worked great and melted a path down my roof and all the backed up water has drained, no new icicles/dams have formmed. Ones that landed away from the path of drainage did not dissolve and are sitting on the roof with a 6 inch bare spot around them and appear to be out of the game. If you have severe ice buildup (like I did) you will need 2-3 per spot to build up enough de-ice power to cut their way through. I'm going to try placing a row along my gutters and see if they can cut a path down. The pucks I placed over the downspouts appeared to have opened up a path for water to flow.
Being on sale at 10 bucks a bucket makes it worth it - I would have been PO'd had i paid 20 as it will take all 5 buckets I purchased to get my roof straitened out.
Pros: good melting power, works as instructed
Cons: Difficult to Use, requires multiple applications
Used a lot of product, 4 buckets for a cape cod size house( 1 tablet/sq. foot.). That's about $80 worth of tab's. When they melt, the footprint is smaller than 1 foot, thus you need to repeat application! They don't melt fast & they are overrated based on the information they don't tell you; you find out only after you purchase them & learn the hard way. For these to be acceptably effective, you need at least 4 applications, & that is very costly to the average home owner. They are not what they are cranked up to be!
Pros: Easy to Use
Cons: Limited Features, need more than led to believe
A few people recommended I try these tablets to break up some of the ice covering the roof of the back of my home that doesn't get sun. After roof raking, it became a sheet of ice. Because of that, these slide right off, hit the ground and break - useless. What tablets I was able to get onto the roof in the snow drifts, didn't melt at all. I realize it's not supposed to completely melt every square inch of ice, but it didn't do anything.
At almost $20 a bucket, save the money and check whether or not your attic is adequately/properly insulated. That's the problem behind my ice dams. I thought this product would help me in avoiding damage until I can re-insulate. The product was completely useless to me.
It did melt areas but most of all the ice was way to thick for it to do a complete job. I was very satisfied with the job that it did do. This was the worst winter I had seen in the 20 yrs i lived here and wish i would have gotten this earlier than i did. I felt if i had it would have done a much better job.
This product came in big tub filled with pellets about half the size of a hockey puck. I placed some near the edge of the roof about a foot above the gutter. It melted the snow and created a path to the gutter. Some of the other reviews stated that it did not even melt the snow. I'm not sure what they were referring to as this product worked well for me.