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Absolutely works as advertised!
on December 22, 2009
I just purchased this with overnight delivery after getting hit with the "Blizzard of 2009". We ended up with around a foot of snow, but it piled up on the front of our house. We had a problem with ice dams last year, so I wanted to remove the snow before we had to break out the buckets and sponges.
The AVA500 comes disassembled, but goes together in several minutes. "Snap" (pop-up) buttons are used to hold the four pole segments together as well as for attaching the frame. The vinyl roll snaps into the bottom of the frame.
Usage is trivial: assemble to the desired length, unroll the vinyl, put the wheels on the edge of the roof, and slide the frame up the roof.
Oh, and stand back - this product is appropriately named. The snow literally flies down the sheet and off the roof.
Roll the frame back towards you, and repeat on the next section.
You typically only need to go up a few feet to prevent ice dams, but given how easy this was, I probably went up around eight feet.
Another plus: the wheels on the frame will prevent any shingle damage.
It didn't have a problem with two-day old snow, which had packed and melted somewhat.
Only negatives I can see so far are:
- No easy way to wind up the roll (it's only eight feet, but still, a knob would have been a good idea)
- The vinyl will eventually rip and need to be replaced; it's reasonably thick but will eventually catch on something.