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4 Easy Ways To Save Flat Roofs & Prevent Ice Dam Formation

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Ah, winter. Snowflakes drifting down, white-covered landscapes, and… ice dams? Wait, ice dams? Yes, for homeowners with a flat roof, this might be a big winter woe. If not tackled properly, these icy nuisances can cause significant damage. But fret not! Here’s a guide on easy methods to save your flat roof from the onslaught of winter’s grip and to stop those dreaded ice dams in their tracks.

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1. Insulation Is Your Best Friend

A well-insulated roof is like a warm blanket for your home. By keeping the heat inside, it prevents the snow on the roof from melting due to heat escape. If snow melts and then refreezes at the edges of your roof, hello ice dams! Ensure your roof is insulated and cozy, to keep the snow in its fluffy state.

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2. Ventilation Is Key

Air circulation helps in maintaining consistent roof temperatures. Proper ventilation keeps the lower parts of the roof as cold as the higher parts. No melting means no water runoff that could freeze and form ice dams. So, let your roof breathe!

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3. Raking Off Snow

Now, you might think, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Removing snow using a roof rake prevents it from melting and refreezing. Simple, but oh-so-effective. But remember, always be safe! Use long-handled rakes while standing firmly on the ground.

4. Use The Right Ice Melt

Not all ice melt (ice dam prevention products) is created equal. Especially when it comes to your roof. Using salt or chemical-based ice melt might seem like a quick fix, but there’s a downside. These can cause corrosion and damage to your roofing material. Not to mention the harmful effects they have on the environment and any pets that might come into contact with them.

But here’s where it gets interesting. There’s an option that doesn’t carry these negatives: Safe Paw. This chemical and toxin-free ice melt is the knight in shining armor for your flat roof.

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Why Safe Paw?

  • Safe for Everyone: Whether it’s your kids playing in the snow or your pet exploring the garden, Safe Paw ensures there are no harmful side effects.
  • Melts at Extreme Temperatures: Even at a teeth-chattering -2°F, this stuff works its magic.
  • Durability: Its non-corrosive nature and long shelf life mean it’s a product that lasts.
  • Spreadability: With an excellent spread rate, a little goes a long way.

And here’s the real kicker. Once spread, the Safe Paw crystal works quickly, leaching out a deicing liquid which hastens the melting process. Within 10 minutes, Safe Paw granules bore through the ice, making it unstable. By penetrating the ice and snow’s molecular structure, it keeps water molecules from reforming into those pesky ice crystals. Neat, right?

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So, while winter might be a season of joy and merriment, it does bring some challenges for flat roof homeowners. But with these steps, and especially with the help of Safe Paw, you can sit back, sip on your hot cocoa, and watch the snowfall without a worry in the world. Safe Paw has got your back, and your roof!

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