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The Best Roof De-icing Systems

Finding unique, effective solutions for hazardous winter problems can be tough for contractors. From falling icicles and frost erosion to heavy snow and ice damaging property, home and business owners can be inundated with problems throughout the winter. One of the more costly concerns that many home and business owners may overlook is the ice dam.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along roof eaves. These dams form when heat that has escaped from the home into the attic melts snow on the roof. The bottom layer melts, and runoff trickles down the roof where it reaches the colder eaves and refreezes. Over time more runoff reaches the dam. The water pools behind the ice ridge where it can seep into tiny cracks or imperfections in the roof. When the water refreezes at night, the expanding ice can eventually damage the shingles and roof. Over time, water may find its way into the house, leading to additional costly problems, such as mold and mildew inside the home.

Roof with heated valley and edges
A roof with heated valleys and edges.

For contractors looking to offer safety and value to their customers, roof de-icing is an invaluable option. Roof de-icing systems can prevent snow and ice from forming on problem spots on the roof, as well as facilitate runoff by protecting gutters and downspouts.

At ProLine Radiant, there are multiple industry-leading options available for clients. The most often recommended is the top-of-the-line  ProLine RoofHeat STEP low-voltage roof de-icing system. This uniquely constructed system consists of a thin (3/64 inch), semi-conductive polymer heating element that is sold in easy to work with rolls, available in widths of in 3, 6, 9, or 12 inches. The elements can be cut on site and nailed or staple through, making installation quick and easy for any size project.

Low-voltage heating element

ProLine’s lightweight (.23 lbs per foot) low-voltage heating element is polypropylene fused so that it is protected from water, alkaline, and salt damage, and can be installed discreetly under various types of roof shingles as well as metal roofs. The low-voltage heating element is also self-regulating, so when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases. This prevents the element from overheating and ensures energy-efficient operation. Each transformer powers a specific section of the roof, and “steps down” high-voltage to low-voltage (60 volts or less), and monitors the power output to the heating element, assuring optimal performance.

ProLine recommends the STEP Touch thermostat as the activation device for the low-voltage system. This advanced thermostat is designed with a user friendly interface, and is compatible with smart home systems. It also stores all settings in a permanent memory for instant recovery in the event of a power failure. The roof de-icing system can be easily customized to meet the customer’s specific roof heating needs.  ProLine’s roof de-icing experts evaluate each project and recommend the appropriate components and system configuration for every customer.

The versatile low-voltage de-icing system can be installed under shake and asphalt shingles, and is even safe for heating metal roofing. Installing the heating panels along roof eaves is the ideal way to prevent ice dams, but the system can also be used to heat roof valleys and problem areas. The 3-inch heating element can be installed in downspouts and gutters to prevent heavy, potentially damaging ice buildup. The low-voltage system can even be installed to heat entire sections of roofing if necessary.

ProLine system designers are experts at evaluating and design systems for maximum efficiency. The systems can be tailored to different areas on a roof to eliminate potential problems where water damage may occur. Roof de-icing can also enhance safety for pedestrian traffic by eliminating dripping icicles. This is especially crucial for businesses looking to ensure their customers’ safety by eliminating falling snow and icicles to keep sidewalks, parking areas, and shipping docks free of ice.

ProLine’s low-voltage de-icing system is the do-it-all product that any contractor or business needs to make sure customers are prepared for winter. Along with durable construction and proven performance, the system is ETL (NTRL) listed and has a 10 year warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Another excellent option for those looking to heat downspouts or gutters is ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable. This cable is durable, extremely effective, and provides an affordable option for specific de-icing needs. The heat cable features an irradiated conductive core that will increase the heat output as the temperature drops. The cable’s exterior is rugged, and features a flexible UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer overjacket that will protect the core from water and sun exposure. ProLine’s cable is UL recognized and meets the requirements for NEC section 426. It is available in 110-120 V or 208-277 V, and comes with a 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects. It can be activated manually or automatically by an aerial-mount sensor. The sensor detects the temperature and precipitation and activates the system when necessary, allowing for customer comfort, knowing the system will be energy efficient.

Self-regulating roof heating cable

ProLine’s heat cable is a more cost effective option, making it ideal for those on a budget, and can be used to prevent ice dams with installation along the roof eaves in a zigzag pattern using roof clips. When installing it is important that the height of the installed cables extends across the entire area of the eave overhang , and to allow an extra 5 inches for roofs with gutters and an extra 2 inches for roofs without gutters. This configuration will create runoff channels that prevent the ice dams from forming. Routing cable through gutters and downspouts is also an affordable way to prevent damage from the weight of falling snow and heavy ice, and help ensure proper drainage. For those in industrial or similar businesses, ProLine’s heat cable is also the preferred choice for pipe tracing, and comes in a variety of specifications for hazardous and non-hazardous applications.

For even more convenience, ProLine’s de-icing systems can be combined to create a completely custom solution for any customer. ProLine design experts are available to help determine which products are best for each project. Each element of every project will be considered. Installation training is also available for installers, and ProLine’s support staff is available to answer any questions during the installation to assure that not only is the best de-icing solution used, but it is installed properly and performing as expected.

If you would like more details about industry-leading roof de-icing systems for your business, reach out to ProLine today at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Roof De-icing Solutions

Radiant roof heating is always a good option for businesses to invest in, especially when it can save them from costly damage and hazardous conditions. ProLine Radiant offers trusted, industry leading roof de-icing systems that are proven and easy to install. Providing roof de-icing installation for your customers is a strategy that can put you ahead of your competitors.

Some of the most dangerous winter hazards a roof heating system can protect home and business owners from are ice dams and ice buildup in gutters and downspouts. Heavy ice buildup not only can damage your gutters, but cause icicles that can drip and create icy walking surfaces that can be hazardous to pedestrians. A roof heating system like ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is an affordable, hassle-free way to prevent this buildup. The systems are reliable and maintenance free, and fully automated.

Heated roof valley and edge.

ProLine’s self regulating heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that is housed in a UV stabilized flexible thermoplastic elastomer jacket. This jacket protects the core and makes it safe for wet conditions, and protects it from sun exposure. The conductive core allows this cable to adjust its output according to the weather conditions. Because it is self-regulating it will not overheat, even if the cable touches or overlaps. As the outside temperature drops, the heat output will rise, assuring all ice and snow will be clear from the heated area.

Self-regulating de-icing system is activated by a contactor panel that sends power to the cable when the snow sensor detects the appropriate conditions. This heat cable can be installed in most places on your roof, but is particularly useful in gutters, valleys, and downspouts, and is also commonly used in pipe tracing applications. ProLine’s self-regulating cable is a safe, reliable, and affordable investment for any contractor looking to provide roof heating options for their customers.

ProLine’s self regulated heat cable is also found in another great industry leading roof de-icing product – roof heating panels. These attractive panels are carefully engineered with aluminum to be extremely energy efficient. Self-regulating heat cable is channeled through the panels to provide home or business owners with an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient solution.

ProLine’s roof heating panels also work in tandem with a contactor panel and an activation device. These panels are great for heating areas such as roof valleys, or along roof eaves where ice dams often form. Ice dams prevent runoff, and can cause damage to entire roofs that may lead to leakage into the home where mold and mildew can form.  Roof heating panels are an ideal choice for heating the eaves of residential structures to keep them snow and ice free. ProLine’s offers a wide selection of panels, ranging from 4 or 6 inch roof valley heating panels to 48-inch panels for roof eaves. The roof heating panel system is extremely efficient and will prevent any ice dams or other water damage by keeping areas free of snow and ice. Roof heating panels are a versatile, attractive way to prevent ice buildup on residential and commercial roofs.

Perhaps the most popular and highly recommend roof de-icing system is ProLine’s low-voltage system. The low-voltage roof heating solution features a thin, semi-conductive, self-regulating, polymer heating element that comes in rolls and is available in different widths. This element is polypropylene fused during its fabrication, to make sure it is water proof and protected from alkaline or salt damage. It can be cut on site and nailed or stapled through, making installation quick and easy. This system also includes an activation device that will efficiently activate the system when the conditions are right. An aerial-mount snow sensor or the STEP Touch thermostat can be used. With ProLine’s low-voltage heating solution, each transformer controls a specific section of the roof heating system, and steps down high-voltage to low-voltage (60 V or less).

When working with ProLine roof de-icing systems, there are options for every customer. Any of ProLine’s roof de-icing systems can be used together to create a completely individual system that will fit the specific needs of each customer. Whether your customer wants the whole roof heated, or simply wants to protect problem areas, ProLine’s roof de-icing systems will get the job done. Roof de-icing systems are also a great solution to offer customers in the summer to ensure they are prepared for the cold winter ahead. Add roof heat installation to your service offerings and build up your bottom line.

If you have any questions, or are ready to learn more about ProLine’s roof de-icing options for your business, contact a ProLine professional at 866.676.9276.

Caring for Your Roof

Keeping Roofs Safe Throughout the Year

Business and homeowners can never be too careful when it comes to maintaining their roofs. After all, this is where most weather related issues begin or end. So, it makes sense to inspect the roof at least twice a year and check for potential problems. Broken shingles or damaged flashing roof can result in expensive water damage down the road, so it’s vital to catch these problems before any damage can be done. For this reason, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that homeowners inspect their roof every spring and fall. Also check the roof after any major hail or wind storm. Regardless of a roof’s age, severe hail storms can cause serious damage.

When it comes to roof care, here are some important factors to keep in mind:

  • Multiple-layer roofs (shingles laid over shingles) will have a shorter lifespan.
  • An unventilated or poorly ventilated attic reduces roof lifespan.
  • Tree branches rubbing on a roof or the accumulation of leaf debris on a roof can shorten the life of roof shingles.
  • Severe weather such as hot summers and harsh winters can affect your roof. Weather fronts that introduce dramatic temperature swings within a 24-hour period can also shorten lifespan because of the rapid expansion and contraction of the roof materials.

What’s the Best Way to Heat a Roof?

ProLine Radiant offers several options when it comes to heating your roof. Each system can be easily customized to meet the specific snow removal demands and budget needs.

Roof with heated valley and edges
A roof with heated valleys and edges.

One of the most popular systems for heating roof edges is the RoofHeat low-voltage system. This system features thin, low-voltage heating element that is installed directly under the roof shingle. (The system is also safe to install under metal roofs.)

The semi-conductive polyethylene heating element comes in 12-inch wide rolls and can even be nailed or stapled through and cut on site. Other widths are available for heating gutters and downspouts. The heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage.

Heating Gutters and Downspouts

Self-regulating heat trace cable is the ideal solution for heating gutters and downspouts. The heat cable can be effectively used to heat roof edges and provide a channel for runoff, as well as routed through gutters and downspouts to help prevent costly ice and water damage, frost erosion and dangerous falling ice.

The self-regulating roof and gutter heat trace cable is effective and energy efficient. The durable UL listed cable meets the requirements of the NEC (National Electric Code) Section 426. Self-regulating cable features an irradiated conductive core that increases the heat output as the outside temperature falls and decreases the heat output as the temperature rises. This proven construction makes it tough, safe, and very energy efficient.

Most residential automated self-regulating heat trace systems consist of the heating element and a thermostat or snow sensor (activation device). Larger systems may require another contactor, depending upon the power requirements. Heat trace systems rely on the thermostat to signal the controller and activate the system to keep the gutters and downspouts clear of ice.

ProLine roof deicing systems are fully automated and maintenance free. Our roof heating systems have been installed throughout most cold regions around the country and are still the most effective and discreet for roof deicing and gutter trace applications.

Roof heating systems are easily customized to accommodate just about any roof type and configuration. ProLine self-regulating roof and gutter heat trace cable may also be combined with other recommended roof heating systems, such as the RoofHeat low-voltage deicing system to create an optimal solution for you. We’ll work with you to create a customized system to best accommodate your specific snow melting needs as well as your budget. For more information, call 866.676.9276 today.