Roof Heating Cables — Do You Really Need Them?

Roof Heating Cables

Roof heating cables can save money on ice dam repair and keep your gutters working throughout the colder months. But they are not necessary in all cases — some homeowners may see a larger payoff than others. How can you tell if your roof would benefit from professional heating cable installation?

Do You Have an Aging Roof?

If your roof is coming to the end of its useful life, you probably are starting to save money for a complete replacement, but it is a big, expensive project. Your roof may be able to last a few more winters, giving you a chance to save all the money necessary to pay for a new one.

A sure way to make certain you don’t regret your decision to put off your replacement project is to make a smaller investment in heating cables. Aging shingles may suffer under the weight of heavy snow and ice, possibly allowing leaks that could have been prevented if cables were in place to quickly facilitate melting snow and proper drainage.

Did You Have Ice Dam Problems Last Year?

Certain areas of the country are prone to heavier winter precipitation than others. If you live in an area with significant snowfall and consistently low temperatures, winter is the most difficult season your roof will have to endure. Chances are you had ice dams last year, which may have taken a toll on your gutters, shingles and roof decking.

You may have spent hundreds or thousands of dollars sealing leaks, painting stained drywall and replacing destroyed insulation the next spring. Why go through that process again, when heating cables can significantly minimize damage?

Know the Costs and Trust Professionals for Installation

Don’t make the mistake of assuming roof heating cables incur costs only at the time of installation — you will be required to pay for the electricity that keeps the heat circulating at the time of need.

Also, remember that heating cable systems are electrical devices — they should be installed by a professional. Not only would you put yourself at risk of electrical shock by taking on the project yourself, but climbing onto a home’s roof is a dangerous job best done by roofing contractors with the appropriate equipment and training. Additionally, roof heating cables must be stabilized through ground fault circuit interrupter outlets and spaced in a way to provide maximum effectiveness.

If you are interested in protecting your roof against the dangers of ice and snow this winter, contact Knockout Roofing for professional installation of roof heating cables on your home or commercial property, and count on receiving a free consultation and estimate before work begins.