Roof Heating Options
Roof Deicing Systems are Easy to Customize and Install
Heat the Entire Roof - If you choose, and you have the budget and feel the necessity, you can heat your entire roof and eliminate any accumulation of snow and ice. This is not a widely used roof heating application, but it is possible. Most structures in climates that receive significant snowfall feature steep roof grades to reduce snow accumulation and heavy weight loads. Older buildings and structures with flatter roofs are typical candidates for the installation of an entire roof deicing system. Heating the roof can extend the life of a roof by not only eliminating snow and ice buildup and heavy weight loads, but also by eliminating water damage due to ice dams.
Heat Roof Valleys - Ice dams are the biggest culprit when it comes to roof and water damage. Ice dams are formed when heat from the attic causes the underlying snow to melt and trickle down the roof and valleys. When the water reaches the colder eaves, it slowly refreezes, causing an eventual buildup of ice and water along the roof edge. More water reaches the dam where it pools and refreezes. The water seeps into any small cracks and crevices of the roof and then expands as it refreezes, slowly degrading the roof. Eventually, this can lead to water seeping into the home where it often causes significant damage before it is discovered. To eliminate this threat, many homeowners install roof heat in the roof valleys and/or along edges to allow an unrestricted path for the runoff. Low-voltage roof heating systems are ideal for heating roof valleys. These systems feature a thin polymer heating element that can be installed under the roof surface to effectively melt snow and ice. These roof deicing systems are versatile, affordable and easy to customize, allowing you to heat almost any size or shaped area to protect your home.
Heat the Roof Edges - Perhaps the most popular roof heating technique is that of heating the roof edges. This helps to ensure that ice dams will not form. There are different ways of accomplishing this, but one effective method is to use self-regulating heat cable that is channeled into attractive aluminum panels. The heat cable warms the aluminum which then distributes the heat evenly and effectively to melt all the snow and ice at the roof's edge. This helps to enhance safety as well as eliminate heavy icicles that often damage roof gutters and downspouts.
The most popular solution is to install a thin, low-voltage heating element discreetly under the roofing to provide heat for the roof eaves. The flexible 9- or 12-inch wide panels are easily rolled out and installed under the shingles or metal. The only exterior evidence of these roof heating systems (besides no snow at your roof's edge) is a small snow sensor mounted on the roof (or nearby).
Heat Gutters and Downspouts - Self-regulating heat cable can also be installed directly in gutters and downspouts to facilitate runoff and eliminate heavy ice and snow damage to your gutters. These gutter trace systems can be easily installed in existing gutters and roofs, making it possible to retrofit roofs affordably and efficiently. Constant wattage cable is also available. Call a radiant heat expert to learn what is the best roof heating system for your home.
Keep in mind that you have many options to choose from when it comes to roof deicing, and for the most part, these systems are not difficult to install. Reputable radiant heat providers will not only provide top quality, proven products, but professional system design as well as installation support. Avoid dealing with any radiant heat companies that do not offer these services.
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