Winter months are approaching quickly, and that means snow will be on walkways, driveways, and rooftops. Rooftops can be one of the dangerous places for snow and ice buildup during the winter. Filling icicles and sheets of ice can pose a danger to pedestrians below, not to mention the damage that ice dams can cause to structures. Runoff that pools behind ice dams and refreezes can eventually damage roofs, and lead to interior problems as well, such as water damage and mold and mildew. Roof de-icing is a great way to offer safety and assurance to customers during the often extreme conditions of the winter season. Roof de-icing systems from ProLine are commonly installed on hotel roofs and other commercial structures to enhance safety and protect roofs. The systems are versatile, fully automated, and energy efficient.
Roof de-icing systems typically consist of a contactor panel, an activation device, and a heating element. Each system from ProLine features state of the art, unique heating elements that allow for complete customization when installing a roof de-icing system. Most systems are self-regulating and fully automated, so when the sensor detects the appropriate temperature and precipitation, it will activate and keep the area clear of snow and ice. This convenience makes it a great option for any business or home looking to ensure pedestrian safety and prolong the life of the roof. Roof de-icing systems will prevent ice dams that form when snow and ice melts, runs down the roof, and refreezes along the colder roof eaves. These dams can cause roof leaking that can lead to expensive water damage. Ice and snow buildup can also happen in gutters, downspouts, and roof valleys, destroying your gutters as well as the roof. Installing a roof de-icing system in these areas or along the edge of a roof is not only extremely popular, but an effective choice for eliminating potential problems. Installing a roof de-icing system along the edge of a roof – or any area – will assure proper drainage and help to prevent damage.
ProLine’s self regulating heat cable is an excellent choice for a variety of roof de-icing applications. This industry leading cable is not only effective, but energy efficient. It is UL recognized, and features an irradiated conductive core that will increase the output of heat as the temperature outside falls. This core is protected by a UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer outerjacket that is rugged enough for any environment, and the sturdy cable is available in a variety of lengths for quick and easy installation. Self-regulating heat cable is extremely versatile and can be easily installed in any area of the roof, gutters, downspouts, and oddly shaped areas. ProLine’s self regulating cable is one the most recommended roof heating solutions available today, and is a great investment to offer any home or business owner.
ProLine also offers a pre-terminated self-regulated heat cable. This single-point connection, 120V 6-watt cable comes pre-assembled, and can be installed and plugged directly into a standard outlet or GFCI power plug. The cable is available in 50, 75, or 100 foot lengths. The main benefit of pre-assembled self terminated cable is its quick and easy installation, which requires no special skills or tools. The heat trace cable can also be used for industrial applications, including hazardous or corrosive environments.
Another convenient option for heat trace solutions on rooflines, gutters, downspouts, or even pipes is ProLine’s constant wattage heat cable. This cable is also pre-assembled and can be plugged into a regular outlet, but has a parallel heating core. This core produces a uniform thermal output over the entire length, and power output remains the same in any temperature, unlike self-regulating heat cable. With just a single power point, heat tracing systems can be installed along lengths up to several hundred feet. Constant wattage cable can be easily installed, making it a good choice for small trouble spots or industrial and even most chemically hostile environments. This cable is also used for process heating to control the flow of viscous materials.
If heat cable isn’t your first choice for the application at hand, ProLine also offers an industry leading low-voltage roof de-icing system. This system is different from self regulated heat cable, as the heating element is a semi-conductive thin polymer panel that can be cut, stapled, and nailed on site. Low-voltage systems are most often used for melting snow and ice under shingle and metal roofs. With the low-voltage de-icing system, transformers step down from high-voltage to low- voltage while controlling a different section of the roof de-icing system. The low-voltage system is also self-regulating, so when the temperature rises, consumption of energy decreases, assuring energy efficient performance. ProLine’s low-voltage roof-de-icing system is available in multiple widths, (3, 6, 9, or 12 inches) making it versatile enough for any roof de-icing project.
ProLine’s array of products makes offering roof de-icing systems for your customers easy. Industry leading, versatile self-regulated heating cable is the most popular and efficient choice for most customers, but heat trace cable can also be paired with other roof de-icing systems (such as the low-voltage system) to assure that each customer receives the systems that best fit their needs. Working with ProLine also means industry leading customer service; which includes system design, free installation training, and technical support. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business this winter and provide safe, efficient roof de-icing for your customers, ProLine offers a selection and prices that can’t be beat. If you are ready to get started with roof de-icing for your business, contact a ProLine customer service specialist today at 866.676.9276.