Heat Roof Gutters and Problem Areas
Install Self-Regulating Heat Cable in Roof Valleys and Gutters
The top radiant heat providers recommend self-regulating heat cable for roof gutter deicing applications. Easy to customize and install, durable self-regulating heat cables can be installed in select, problem areas of your roof as well as in roof gutters and downspouts. Keeping the gutters free of ice buildup facilitates the unrestricted runoff of melted snow and protects your gutters and eaves from the damage caused by heavy snow and ice buildup.
Self-regulating heat cable (also referred to as heat tape and heat trace cable) is also commonly installed in roof valleys and along roof edges to prevent ice dams from forming. Ice dams typically cause the most problems for homes in cold weather climates. Warm air in the attic of a home will cause snow on the roof to melt. As the water trickles down the roof, it reaches colder eaves and refreezes, creating a barrier, or small dam. This process can repeat over and over during the winter months, causing undo stress on the roof as water seeps into tiny crevices and then expands as it refreezes, causing larger cracks and jeopardizing the integrity of the roof. Eventually, water finds its way into the home and causes water damage. Sometimes the water and condensation builds up behind walls and is not discovered until mildew and sometimes unsightly, toxic mold has formed. Mold can be a serious issue and sometimes require a professional mold removal and remediation service. However, not all mold damage in homes requires an inspection, so don't be lured into thinking that an inspection is manadatory. However, if you do not see signs of mold, but the smell of mold is present, then it is recommended to have your home tested. Needless to say, the potential water damage resulting from ice dams on older roofs can often be very expensive.
Keeping gutters and roof valleys clear of snow and ice dams goes a long way in terms of protecting your home. The best roof heating systems prevent ice dams and facilitate runoff by keeping gutters, edges and valleys free from snow and ice buildup. The roof deicing systems are fully automated, yet most also feature manual override capability. Investing in a quality roof deicing system is a wise investment in your home that can eliminate dangerous falling ice and save you possible repair costs in the future.
When searching for a provider, make sure you deal with one that offers a variety of proven products as well as professional system design services and installation support. Don't just find a vendor who provides heat cable. Sure, the lower costs may make this option appear more attractive, but keep in mind that INSTALLATION is the key. The heat cable from top suppliers may be similar in quality, so what you really need to evaluate are the services of the provider and competency and experience of the electrician who will be wiring the system. (Also double check the specs of the cable.) Industry leading radiant roof heating providers will likely know of several electricians in your area who have completed roof heating system installs in the past, so be sure to ask around as you are shopping for a roof deicing solution. Narrow your search down to radiant heat providers with a proven track record; one that offers installation support and complete system design / layout services. Deal with established companies that offer customer service more like that of an "installation partner" than a seller. (An excellent article on Finding the Best Radiant Heat Provider is also available on the PRWeb website.)
Determining the ideal heat cable and system components depends in part on the size, type and construction of your roof, and also on the overall requirements of the particular installation. Call and talk with a radiant heat expert to discuss your best roof heating options. You can also submit your project specs to radiant heat providers online to receive a free roof heating quote.