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Installing Roof De-Icing Heat Cable in Valleys

What is a Valley? First things first. Let’s clear up the obvious question. A valley is simply a drainage line between two intersecting roof planes. A roof valley is no different than a valley in a mountainous landscape. It’s a low spot between two or more high spots. Valleys fall into two classifications, open and […]

Installing Heat Cable on Dormers

Heat Cable Power Supply from Junction Boxes When possible, it’s great to have the power sources as close as possible to the heat tape installation area. In the case of a dormer that means installing the junction box under the eave (See Point 1). The wisdom being that because dormers are often isolated architectural features […]

How to Install Heat Tape On a Standing Seam Metal Roofs, Part One

Options for Metal Roof Heat Cable Clips Historically, there have been two methods for installing heat cable on standing seam metal roofs: 1) Glue clips to the surface or, 2) Use compression-based roof clamps that grip onto the standing seam. Both are valid approaches but both have their drawbacks. Option one leaves nasty adhesive behind […]

7 Questions to Ask Your Heat Tape Installation Contractor

We’ve discovered there are many contractors around the country who call themselves heat tape ‘experts’ despite the fact that they know very little about the topic. If you are hiring someone to install heat cable on your home, here are some tips to ensure the best outcome possible.

How Hot Does Heat Cable Get?

One of the most common questions we get asked is about how hot heat cable gets. People are naturally concerned about whether or not heat cable will pose a potential threat to a wide variety of things, including roofing material, plastics, dry leaves and more

Ultimate Guide to Ice Dam Prevention Methods

In terms of ice dam prevention there are no truly “cheap” solutions. Homeowners must choose from the lesser of three evils: 1) Spend a lot on architectural enhancements, 2) Spend a lot on professional roof shoveling or risk a lot doing it themselves or, 3) Spend a fair amount on heat cables.

Heat Cable Roof Clip Index for Every Roof Type

Use this visual index to choose the right heat cable roof clip for your application. There’s more than one way to skin a cat and there is likewise usually more than one way to install heat tape on any particular roof system. Call us if you need help and don’t find the answer below

Comparing Constant Wattage and Self-Regulating Heat Cable

There are two basic families of heat tape used for roof and gutter de-icing and pipe freeze protection in North America: Constant Wattage and Self-Regulating. We have laid out the primary differences below to help you understand the pros and cons of each system

9 Common Ice Dam Locations

Here are the most common locations where ice dams do and do not happen on residential properties. This will help in terms of understanding where the most common heat tape installations occur so you can create a targeted approach to ice dam management

How Ice Dams Cause Leaks 1

Ice dam basics. Let’s look at a cross-section to discuss the physics. This diagram illustrates the movement of water as it leaks through the roof system and into the home. We also introduce the concept of the “origin zone” (the leading edge of ice dams where leaks originate)