We Remove Ice Dams Safely with a Roof Steamer. Here’s Why.
When it comes to removing ice dams, Weathersafe Restoration, Inc. of Woodbury, MN knows steam is the best way to handle the removal of an ice dam.
To be safe on asphalt roofing material, the water temperature in the ice dam removal tool must be hot enough to change the output consistency from harsh water droplets to a gentle, directed cloud of steam. Usually, this change in spray happens around 240°F-250°F. However, that temperature can vary based on elevation, humidity and outdoor temperature.
Weathersafe Restoration uses a specialty steamer, called the Arctic Steamer. This steamer relies on high temperatures to produce steam and low pressure to ensure the roof is not damaged. An ice dam roof steamer is equipped with specific accessories to direct steam to effectively and SAFELY melt ice on asphalt roofing material.
DO NOT USE A PRESSURE WASHER
Pressure washers, with the pressure turned down or the heat turned up, are not adequate to protect the roof. Pressure from a typical washer nozzle is harsh and can remove of the shingle’s granules thus allowing the sun’s UV rays to prematurely deteriorate the roof.
Damage to shingles from a pressure washer isn’t always immediately evident. The damage shows up years later when those shingles start curling and are visibly deteriorated.
THE RIGHT EQUIPMENT FOR ICE DAM REMOVAL
Weathersafe Restoration knows that ice dam removal steamers are the right tool for removing ice dams. Our steamers DO NOT have a trigger gun to start and stop them such as the ones on pressure washers. Steamers that use a pressure washer nozzle are NOT effective on ice dams.
NEVER LET A PERSON REMOVE ICE DAMS FROM YOUR ROOF IF:
The machine is equipped with a “gun” that has a trigger handle and a nozzle that looks like this:
Do not remove ice dams from your roof if the machine is equipped with a gun that has a trigger handle and a spray nozzle that is yellow, red, green or white.
A ROOF STEAMER MUST HAVE AN OPEN GUN
No trigger—and a steam nozzle to be safe for your roof:
The Arctic Steamer gun, nozzle and extension wand safely remove ice dams from your roof.