Roof and Gutter Heating Cable
Warmup Roof Ice and Snow Melting Cables
Some homes are predisposed to ice dams – and the leaks that can result from them. Lack of insulation, warm air leaks, and complex roof designs all contribute to ice dam formations. Preventing roof leaks requires addressing these issues and ice dams themselves, but that’s not always easy to do. This article will address roof and gutter heating cable.
Ideally, you’d be able to go into the attic and insulate the roof from the inside; but often this is too expensive or invasive, especially if the attic or underside of the roof is not easily accessible.
In this case you have two choices. You can treat the symptoms by using a roof rake to remove the snow every time it snows, or you can treat the root cause and install roof and gutter heating cables.
What Is An Ice Dam Leak?
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof (also called an “eave”) and prevents water from draining off the roof. Ice dams occur after a snowfall and get bigger after several days of freezing temperatures.
An ice dam leak occurs when water builds up behind the ice dam, works its way back up and under shingles, resulting as a roof leak.