Use a Snow RakeThe best way to de-ice a roof is to prevent it from happening in the first place. A simple tool to buy for this job is a snow rake. This method allows you to remain safely on the ground while shovelling snow and ice from your roof. A good habit to get into, is to rake off your roof after every snow fall.
Install Heat CablesHeat cables are another good way to prevent ice dams from forming and to de-ice your roof. They are beneficial to be installed in problem areas where ice tends to form on your roof for instance, at the eaves of your roof. Other common areas for ice to buildup are:
- Low angle roofs
- In the valleys of your roof
- Around chimneys are skylights