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Things You Shouldn’T Do When Thawing A Roof


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It’s the middle of a long winter. You’re tired of looking at the ice-covered roof on your cabin and are ready to get it off. But you don’t want to end up with more problems than when you started. Here’s what not to do when thawing a roof:

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Things You Shouldn’t Do While Melting Roof Ice

  • Using Salt/Chloride Ice Melt

Safe Thaw does not contain harmful chlorides or salts, making it one of the market’s most naturally available ice roof melt products. It is a urea-modified ice melt product that contains liquid ice melting crystals at the core with special glycol admixture and surfactants that keep any surface intact. It is non-toxic and safe for kids, pets, and your skin.

Safe Thaw is designed to quickly melt ice off the roof without damaging the surface area. It spreads evenly, does not require special equipment, and can be used on any roof material, such as asphalt or concrete.

  • Not Avoiding The Freeze-Thaw Cycle

The extreme cold can trigger a constant freeze/thaw cycle that will crack the roof surface, causing further cracks. Safe Thaw concentrates to melting roof ice and can be easily removed with the help of a shovel. It does not trigger a freeze/thaw cycle. Don’t use roof ice melt tablets, they’re hard to dissolve and leave residue. 

  • Using Conductive Solutions.

Salt contains sodium which makes it conductive. Safe Thaw is not non-conductive and non-corrosive, thus ensuring any metal structure or machinery on the roof or any beams and rods will not rust due to constant exposure. It has been created with safe chemistry. It does not stain the metal structures nor cause any damage. You can wipe the excessive product with a cloth.

  • Don’t Use A Heat Gun Or Torch.

Don’t use a heat gun because it will likely do more damage than good. A heat gun creates very high temperatures in a very small area, which can cause melting and even burning of your roofing material (like shingles). Not only that but if you don’t know what you are doing then there is an increased chance of burning yourself and starting a fire! Instead of using this method, try the next one on our list:

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Hopefully, this post has helped you to understand what goes into melting roof ice, and how to do it safely. Learning to thaw a roof is not an easy task and can take some time to master. However, with the right product by your side you can do it with ease. 

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