What is a roof steamer, roof ice damn steaming, why do I need it and how much does it cost?
A roof steamer takes regular, cold tap water and heats it to 300 degrees. This steam is forced through a delivery hose and wand where it is focused into a thin, low-pressure column used to cut through ice.
A high-temp pressure washer is identical to what one might find at a self-service carwash with warmed water in the system.
A steamer is entirely different than a high temperature pressure washer. The two are frequently confused despite the fact that they have little in common. Steamers are expensive, specialized machines and unlike pressure washers, have few uses other than ice removal. Nothing is faster or safer to use than a true steamer when it comes to getting rid of unwanted ice.
If the gun on the machine being used has a trigger, it is NOT A STEAMER. It is a high-temperature pressure washer.
Here are some of the differences between high-temp pressure washers and steamers:
- Pressure washers take a long time to remove ice.
- Pressure washers can easily damage cold, brittle roofing materials.
Roof Ice dam steaming is the process of converting cold water into gentle low pressure steam and directing the spray of steam through a special nozzle to melt through and underneath the ice dam to remove it from the roof and gutters.
Why do I need ice damn steaming service?
- You have signs of water or moisture in your home.
- You’ve got ice on your siding or under your soffits.
How much does it cost?
The ice dam steaming price range can vary greatly from one location to the next and from one company to the next. We have seen prices for a 2 man crew range from $350.00 to $850.00 per hour with a two hour minimum. Most companies charge from the time they arrive to the time they pack up. Average jobs take 2 to 6 hours.
Check with your insurance company to see if they will alleviate some of the cost.