Heat cable is a great way to deal with our harsh climate and allows the ice dams to drain, preventing them from damaging your roof or gutter systems. They need to be installed on a dedicated circuit. Most installations are on the surface that require undesirable penetrations, but can also be installed underneath the roof system to prevent putting holes in a roof and is more aesthetically pleasing. Heat cable is usually installed in the gutter system and along the eve to alleviate ice dams. It is recommended to install a thermostatic control for your heat cables because they can get expensive to run otherwise.
Heat cable comes in two different types:
- Self-Regulating- Are the preferred cable type and can be custom fit to your home in different sizes
- Non Self-Regulating- Come pre-fabricated (cannot be customized), are relatively inexpensive, and last for about 2 years on average.
Regardless of which system you choose we are the best contractor to install it for you because we understand the importance between the roof ventilation, gutters and the functions that intertwine the two together. An electrician will generally not be as concerned about trying to keep holes out of your roof system where we will.