Heated Cables For Your Roof
Colorado winters are tricky. In an instant, the temperatures can plummet and the snow can begin falling relentlessly. While some places along the Front Range are worse than others, nobody gets off too easy.
One of the consequences of heavy snowfall and cold temperatures — especially combined with the chance of the intermittent warm day — can cause ice to build up in your gutters, forcing moisture under your roof and into your home.
Self Regulating Heat Cables
Uses a conductive core. This core becomes more conductive in colder weather, increasing the wattage used in response to dropping temperatures. As the temperature warms months, the core becomes less conductive, thus reducing wattage and energy usage. While these cables do adjust accordingly, they do not turn completely off by themselves so it may make sense to use some form of a controller or thermostat.
Constant Wattage Heat Tapes
Run at a constant wattage regardless of temperature. Have a single thin gauge wire that is undersized to carry the current and therefore heats up.
These type of heat cable cannot overlap as their excessive heat can melt the through the outer insulation allowing the inner wires to come in contact, creating a safety and fire hazard. These type of heat cables typically last a few years as the thin inner wire often fails, much like a light bulb filament.
Heating cables can be the right solution for mitigating ice dams and protecting your roof.