While many homeowners in cold climates believe that having a roof deicing system is only necessary for large commercial buildings, the truth is that these systems offer a number of benefits for homes as well. By installing a roof deicing system, you can keep your home warmer and safer during the winter months. In addition, you can also save on your energy bills by preventing ice dams from forming on your roof. If you are considering installing a roof deicing system this winter, Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric shares some of the benefits you can expect to enjoy.
Ice Dams: A Winter Threat
During the winter when we get a lot of snow, you may have noticed strange icicles forming on your roof. These are called roof ice dams, and they can cause serious damage to your home. Roof ice dams form when heat from your house melts the snow on your roof. The melted water flows down to the edge of your roof, where it refreezes. This cycle repeats itself, causing the ice dam to grow larger and larger. Eventually, the ice dam can cause the roof to hold water which can get under shingles which then leaks into your home. In extreme cases, the weight of the ice dam formation can even cause your roof to collapse.
How do Roof Deicing Cables Work?
Since our area gets a lot of snow and ice, you may be familiar with roof heat cables. But how do these cables work, and are they effective at preventing ice dams? Roof deicing cables are wires that are installed along the edge of your roof. They generate heat, which melts some snow and ice that builds up on your roof allowing a path for the water to drain off the roof. This can help to prevent ice dams from forming, as well as icicles.
There are two types of roof deicing cables: self-regulating and constant wattage. Self-regulating cables adjust their output based on the temperature, so they use less energy when it’s warmer and more when it’s colder. Constant wattage cables provide a consistent level of heat, regardless of the temperature.
Both types of roof deicing cables are effective at preventing ice dams and icicles, but self-regulating cables are generally more efficient and longer lasting. If you’re considering installing roof deicing cables on your home, self-regulating cables are the way to go.
Benefits of Installing Roof Deicing Equipment
One of the worst feelings is waking up to a frozen windshield or having to shovel your car out from under a foot of snow. But what’s even worse is dealing with a roof that’s caved in from the weight of the ice and snow. Luckily, you can work to prevent this type of damage by installing roof deicing cables.
These cables help to channel water from melting snow off the roof. As a result, you can avoid the costly repairs that are often necessary after a season of severe ice dams. In addition, roof deicing cables can also help to prolong the life of your roof by preventing the formation of ice dams.
Protect Your Home This Winter
It’s important to consider all your options for keeping your home and family safe and warm during the winter. Installing a roof deicing system is one way to protect your property from the dangers of ice dams and snow accumulation. Contact us today to request an estimate for the installation of a roof deicing system for your home.