Roof Deicing / Metal Roofs
Ice damming is a common problem on metal roofs. If you have a building with a metal roof, you may find that ice accumulates in the valleys and dormers, or near the gutters. In some cases, ice damming occurs when the angle of the roof is not steep enough. Rather than hoping ice damming doesn’t happen or working to address the issue every time it occurs, you can prevent it entirely by investing in a heated metal roof.
Many property owners opt to install a metal roof on their storage sheds and other buildings because these sturdy roofs are designed to withstand the harsh elements of winter. Metal roofs are considered to be the premier roofing material in cold weather areas where there is significant snow build up or ice accumulation over the course of the winter. While these roofs can definitely add strength and stability to your structure, they are still at risk of ice damming, and they can still be prone to water damage as a result of significant snow accumulation.
As a result, it’s very important that you invest in a heated metal roof system. To create a heated metal roof, a series of heated cables are installed along the perimeter of the roof. The metal roof heat cable will work to melt snow and ice upon contact, preventing ice damming. Heated gutter cables for metal roofs will not only improve the integrity of your structure, but they will make it a safer place for everyone.
When it comes to choosing a metal roof heat cable, you will find that there are two options available:
It’s important to note that constant wattage deicing cables are not recommended for use on metal roofs, so the best choice for you is the self-regulating deicing element. This is an innovative heating cable has a specialized core that becomes conducive in response to dwindling temperatures. Not only is this the most effective metal roof heat cable, but it is also the most energy-efficient option. It increases its wattage when the temperatures are colder, but it uses less energy as the temperatures warm. Essentially, it only works hard when it needs to, which means that you only pay for the energy when it’s absolutely necessary.
The self-regulating metal roof heat cable is the safest and most effective option for your heated metal roof. It works quickly to reduce ice accumulation and build-up on the roof, preventing water damage and eliminating any safety issues associated with ice damming in your building.
In order to determine how much metal roof heat cable you will need to purchase from Green Wave Distribution, you will need to measure your metal roof. These tips can help you calculate an accurate measurement:
In addition to measuring your metal roof, you also will want to create a map of the roof and identify problem spots where ice and snow accumulation typically occurs. This useful information will ensure that you and your contractor design a heated metal roof system that is customized to meet your needs.
The cost of your heated metal roof will depend on a variety of factors, including:
There are several accessories that you may want to consider purchasing in order to increase the efficiency of your heated metal roof. These accessories include:
Heated gutter cables for metal roofs will eliminate the risk of ice damming, allowing you to feel confident that your building is going to be protected both now and in the years to come. For more information about heated metal roofs and to learn more about our innovative radiant heat solutions, contact Green Wave Distribution today.
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