Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

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Old 12-10-2008, 05:08 PM   #1
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Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

The title just about says it all.

We now have 4 feet of snow here and ice underneith.

What type of products don't affect EPDM...... Salt or another ice melter?

I see guys using the torch. Can't be good for the rubber though.

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Old 12-12-2008, 09:41 AM   #2
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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

Uh oh.

Nobody wants to touch this one.

We need to get some sleepers down but there is quite a bit of ice there now.

Is it safe to use an ice melter product ........salt.....or something else?

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Old 12-12-2008, 11:07 AM   #3
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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

Not sure what sleepers are doing on a rubber roof (probably my definition is off). I've put down a few roofs like that, but never fooled with 'em at all in cold weather. I'd be reluctant to even walk on them if deeply frozen.

Too much ice to shovel it off and hope for a sunny stretch to clear it? Tent it with tarps and run a torpedo heater? I think I'd call the manufacturer for recommendations on any use of salt/chemicals.
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Old 12-12-2008, 11:19 AM   #4
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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

Any method that does not include high heat, a scraping motion or chemicals!

Does not leave very many options!!!

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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

As long as careful with the torch, the water will prevent the torch from causing damage. Don't heat enough to boild the water from the melted ice.
Depending on roof size.
What about shoveling off the snow and if possible use a water hose to melt the ice & have guys follow with the use of floor squeeges to dry off the rubber.
As far as salt, check with manufac to be safe, it shouldn't hurt, if used to melt the ice enough to break up and rince off after. but ya know about assuming.
Building up North dealing with snow & ice we used water hoses & squeegees several times to keep the jobs going.

A lot depends on size of roof, how much time you have, and accesibility to water and or cost you want to put into clearing it off.

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Break up ice with a hammer and either sweep or squeegee it up.
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Old 12-14-2008, 05:11 PM   #7
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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

Yes, So I called FIrestone and they said no problem with using salt. Won't hurt the roof at all.

We are putting a wood deck on top of the epdm so we need the sleepers to reverse the fall of the roof.

We cover the bottoms of the sleepers with extra rubber left over so there is no wear thru issues.

Going to do it toomorrow. Hopefull it works good.
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Re: Best Way To Clear Ice Off New EPDM Roof??

How was the insulation under the epdm fastened? Better hope with adhesive or the deck will rip a hole through the epdm at the fasteners.

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