Thermal Heat Panel Systems and Heat Cables
Thermal Heat Panel Systems protect against ice build up that can damage shingles and create water leaks in your roofs and walls.
A Problem That Won’t Go Away?
Unfortunately, most homes have water and ice dam issues because of inherent design problems that homeowners must manage effectively to protect their homes. Recurring ice issues may occur if your home has any of the following:
- Skylights: Skylights allow heat loss, causing melting on or around the skylight. Ice builds up as the melted snow moves away from the skylight area.
- Vaulted Ceilings: Vaulted ceilings usually translate into less insulation that, in turn, equates to more heat loss. This creates melting above the rooms that have vaulted ceilings, then freezing on the edges of the roof, away from the room footprint, where the roof overhangs. This freezing will cause backups as more, and more snow melts from heat loss.
- Poor Attic Insulation: Warm attic air melts the snow on the roof and the water refreezes along the colder edge of the roof. The ice traps water behind it, allowing the water to seep back under the shingles and leak through the roof.
Fortunately, there are good solutions to solve ice dams.
Controlling The Process…Protecting Your Home
There are two primary ways to eliminate ice dams:
- Heat Panel Systems—A heat panel system melts snow and eliminates ice build up and the problems they can cause.
- Heat Cables—A heat cable that can be run through gutters and downspouts eliminates ice build up.
A combination of these two products melts snow and ice, never allowing the build up. The Heat Panel System can be equipped with a variety of controls to assist in managing the process including:
- Thermostat Control—A thermostat senses temperature and is set to run continuously at temperatures of 35 degrees and under.
- Dual-Sensing Control— Dual-sensing controls sense a combination of moisture and temperature. It engages when the temperature is at freezing or below AND there is moisture and snow present.
- Manual Control—A manual control system is hard wired to a light switch in your home and the system relies on you to turn it on and off. If you travel for extended periods, you have to decide how to run the system.
“Providing a way to protect your home against water and ice damage to your shingles and roof protects the interior of your home against water damage and mold,” says Dave Catherman, Owner, Gutter Glove Ice. “Ice dams cause shingle, gutter and downspout damage in addition to causing water back-ups from melted snow seeping under shingles and leaking into homes causing stains, mold or other larger structural issues.” Ice dams are of serious concern to homeowners and need to be addressed as soon as they appear.