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 -25 degrees Fahrenheit.
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62%of customersrecommend this product24 of 39reviews
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62%of customersrecommend this product24 of 39reviews
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.
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 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
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.
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.
worked well at melting the snow in a little hockey puck shape, on the roof and where it rolled off the roof into the yard.. Not sure it did anything with the ice dams. Had better luck smashing them on the sidewalk and using them as regular salt
Pros: Light Weight
Cons: Limited Features
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Review 8 for Ice Melt
from Wisconsin, USA
great idea, poor results for an inch or more.
PostedMarch 30, 2014
No, I do not recommend this product.
Doesn't do all that great of a job. You need several tablets for a small area if the ice is thick. Well beyond what is recommended. The tablets appear to melt straight down. If you have more than an inch of ice, and the area around the tablet doesn't melt. It just gets covered back up by the next snow fall, or water from tablets melting ice on the roof higher up.
I also noticed area where there was just snow, the tablets would melt the snow, but there wouldn't be enough tablets based on recommendations to get the water off the roof. You'll end up with a mini ice rink on your roof. One more thing. If the snow hardens, the tablets just bounce off sometimes and roll off the roof if you are trying to throw them up to a second story roof.
Seemed to melt the snow at site of placement on roof, but wasn't necessarily a full fix for melting piles of snow on roof. That's understandable considering salt pack can't migrate to other parts without being broken apart/sprinkled.
The roof on the back of my house doesn't get much sun and I end up with huge ice dams. This year I used roofmelt and my ice dams melted very quickly. Very easy to use, just throw them up on the roof. Great product.
Pros: Easy to Use, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store
I suppose if you are a major league pitcher and can throw one of these things to exactly the location they should be in, they would be ok. After several attempts at placement by tossing I gave up. Because they are round, all simply rolled right back off the roof and fell into the snow. Being white, they were impossible to recover. I finally decided that perhaps finding a way to get them up there by putting them into a bucket at the end of a pole might work. I poured the pucks out only to see them roll off the roof. Finally gave up.
This product was recommended to me by a roofing professional after I was experiencing a roof leak caused by ice damming. It was sold out at many stores because of the bad winter storms we have experienced this year. Works great and solved my problem. I guarantee I will have this product ready to use every winter from now on.
Product is quite expensive for 14# of basically compressed salt. Easy to apply, no ladders, etc. needed. The salt discs had only minimal effectiveness and I did apply them prior any ice dam buildup. Built up anyway, maybe not as much as in previous years. I could purchase 50# of higher quality de-icer and throw it up on the roof with a scoop for less than half the price. There was a lot of crushed and broken salt in the bottom of the plastic bucket which became waste as far as the roof was concerned.
This product truly works. Just throw it on the roof randomly and it undercuts the ice and lets the water out. There is no backup of water. I have read other reviews on this product and I think that some do not understand the principle of how it works. They think it removes the ice dam. Not so. Saves me from climbing on the roof.
Pros: Easy to Use, All In One, Good Size & Weight, Easy to Store