Some roofs have an ice accumulation issue during the winter time. Heavy amounts of ice can not only damage the roof, but it can also be a significant safety issue for people walking in close proximity to the roof edge. De-icing cable, also known as the heating cable, can be very helpful in melting snow and preventing major issues from happening.
We install this cable in a zig-zag pattern, and it stays plugged in all the time. It turns on automatically when the temperature drop below freezing.
Does heating cable consume a lot of electricity?
De-icing cable turns on only when it is required and is designed to be highly efficient. The actual electricity use would depend on several factors, such as cable length, duration of use, weather temperatures, etc.
How long would it last?
A typical heating cable has a life span of around 5 to 10 years. A cable does not need to be replaced with the shingles and can be re-used after installing new shingles.
Are there any alternatives to heating cables?
It may be best to use snow guards on some roofs instead of using a heating cable. Although, snow guards would only break up the ice pallets into small pieces and would not melt the snow.
Please ask us for a free inspection, and our team can guide you in making a decision.