Last winter was mild. We were lucky. Minimal snowfall. Minimal freezing and melting that can cause hazardous conditions both on the ground and on your roof. Will we be lucky again. Who knows. But just in case now – not when there is already ice buildup on your roof – is the time to consider a roof deicing system.
How these systems work is simple. You have snow on the roof. The system has cables that heat up and prevent melted snow from refreezing and forming ice dams. The best systems are set to turn on automatically, so there is nothing for you to do.
Benefits of Roof Deicing Systems
- Safety first. Ice dams can form icicles that can fall from the roof and hurt people. When the ice melts on the ground and refreezes, people can fall and hurt themselves. So, this is not only a safety issue, it’s a liability issue.
- Protects the roof. Your roof deicing system will minimize the risk of water damage to your roof, also eliminating the cost of roof repair and extending the life of your roof.
- Prevents damage inside the house. If the shingles are damaged and the roof leaks, water can get into your home, potentially damaging your ceiling and any possessions that may be nearby.
- Energy-efficient. These systems require very little energy. Automated systems run only when needed and almost all the energy goes toward melting snow. This also translates to low cost; you can generally melt snow on a 300-square-foot roof for around $0.35 an hour.
- Fully automated. These systems have sensors that detect precipitation and temperature, so they operate only when needed. Set the temperature (recommended around 39 degrees or so). The sensors will then alert the system to power the heating cables and warm the roof and gutters at exactly the right time. When the work is done, the system shuts off.
- Limited space. These systems require very little space. They are controlled by a small device mounted outside, or a control box that can be mounted on the garage wall.
Tips for Purchasing a Roof Deicing System
- Make sure you purchase a system large enough to cover the roof AND eaves.
- While there are manual systems, it makes sense to purchase an automated system so you do not have to guess when to turn the system on and off. There are Wi-Fi systems available, but you won’t need that if you have an automated system.
- Do not sacrifice the above for this, but, if possible, purchase cables that will blend in with the roof and gutter.
- While many of these systems claim they are easy to install, installation is best left to a professional.
Contact Ravinia Plumbing, Sewer, Heating & Electric for Roof Deicing Systems
Ravinia Plumbing’s licensed electricians can recommend and then install a roof deicing system customized to your home. We’ve been in business since 1928 (that’s 95 years!), and we’ve made a name for ourselves as one of the most trusted and reliable plumbing, sewer, heating, and air conditioning, and electrical companies in Chicagoland. Contact us today to schedule an appointment.