Use Roof Heating Cables to Prevent Ice Buildup This Winter

Roof heating cables are designed to keep your gutter system clear of ice through winter’s most challenging weather conditions.


Installing a roof de-icing system is an investment for your Utah home, protecting its value and structural integrity.

Why Ice Buildup Is a Problem for Utah Homes

Winters can be rough in northern Utah, and snow often piles up on rooftops. That’s not a problem in itself; however, snow melting into your gutters can be.

Mother Nature is fickle, and temperatures in Utah can rise and fall irregularly during the winter. As the temperature fluctuates, the melting snow can refreeze inside your gutters and downspouts. When this happens, the resulting ice can block the passageways.

In gutters and downspouts, ice blockages, commonly known as ice dams, can take a long time to melt, as they are protected from direct sunlight. And often, the water has nowhere to go.

As a result, it backs up and seeps under your roof shingles. This can damage your roof, its structural support and the inside of your home.

How Roof Heating Cables Work

Roof de-icing cables resemble extension cords. They’re moisture-proof and grounded, thanks to their heavy rubber insulation. The cables are typically installed around the edge of the roof, inside the gutters. Once in place, they’re essentially invisible, so they won’t detract from your home’s curb appeal.

For some Utah homes, however, contractors recommend installing heating cables along the roof valleys as well, to help minimize ice buildup there. Cables can also be wrapped around pipes that are prone to freezing.

Once switched on, the de-icing cables radiate heat to melt ice before it has a chance to build up and block your gutter system. This allows for proper drainage. Most roof de-icing systems have temperature sensors and timers for easy management.

Cost Considerations for Roof Heating Cables

Roof de-icing cables are priced by the linear foot. Consequently, the larger your roof, the more cable you will need. If some areas of your roof don’t tend to accumulate much snow, these may not need heating cables. However, trust the recommendation of your contractor.

Most professional roofing contractors can complete heating cable installations in just a few hours. But if your roof is steeply sloped, unusually high or has areas that are difficult to access, the work may take a little longer.

Winter is right around the corner, and once the bad weather sets in, it may not be possible to work on your roof. Knockout Roofing serves commercial and residential customers throughout the Salt Lake City area. Contact us today to request your free consultation and estimate for roof heating cables.