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The new year is an ideal time to assess your home’s needs and what the best investment going forward would be. Resolving to keep your home updated and protected in 2023 will help to ensure a safe future for your home and your family. But where do you start?
One of the most neglected, or overlooked areas for homeowners is the roof. What kind of shape is your roof in, and what can you do to ensure a long, healthy life span for your roof?
Ideally, homeowners should inspect their roofs twice a year (spring and fall). Now that winter has hit, take a look at your roof during and after snowstorms. Are there areas of snow buildup or large icicles? Perhaps it’s time to look at the benefits of a roof de-icing system. Investing in your home by safeguarding vital areas like the roof is an excellent first step. A roof de-icing system protects a vital part of your home, the roof, which in turn, protects your home. Winter months bring beautiful snow, but snow and ice cause harsh wear and tear on your home. Damaged roofs, gutters, and downspouts can lead to repairs that can break the bank and decrease the lifespan of your roof.
Warmzone can help you protect your home from that wear and tear with its industry-leading roof de-icing systems. Roof de-icing systems are proven to provide reliable, efficient heat that keeps problem areas free of snow and ice. Warmzone’s systems help protect residential and business roofs around the country from the damaging effects of harsh winters.
The most popular de-icing option is Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable. This versatile cable is affordable, extremely effective, and can provide channels for runoff to help keep any area of your roof clear. Self-regulating heat cable features a rugged and durable outer construction that houses an irradiated conductive core. This core will increase heat output as outside temperatures fall and decrease output as temperatures rise. This construction is what makes it a top seller among Warmzone customers. It can withstand harsh conditions and can be installed to activate only when necessary. Automated self-regulating heat trace systems are activated by advanced sensors that detect precipitation and temperature, making them extremely energy efficient. They can also be activated manually if necessary.
Warmzone also has several variants of heat cable, so de-icing any area of the roof is easy. Self-regulating heat cable is a prudent choice for almost any application. The cable’s versatility makes it an ideal choice for problem areas of the roof. Areas that can cause big problems for homeowners include downspouts, gutters, valleys, or north-facing roof edges. Heavy snow build-up and icicles in these areas can decrease the integrity of your roof and cause safety issues. Installing self-regulating heat cable in these areas will create channels for runoff to prevent the formation of heavy snow build-up and ice dams that can damage the roof. Cable along eaves, gutters, or edges can also prevent heavy icicles from forming.
One of the most hazardous problems self-regulating heat cable can prevent is ice dams. In the winter, ridges of ice develop along roof eaves when runoff trickles down the roof and refreezes when it hits the colder eaves. This can leave pools of water behind the ice dam. The pooled water can seep into tiny cracks in the substrate or shingles, refreeze, and expand. This causes degradation in the roof, which can eventually lead to water seepage in the home. Water seepage creates mold and mildew in the home, leading to costly repairs and frustration. Preventing ice dams is simple. Installing self-regulating heat cable in a zig-zag pattern along roof edges creates channels that allow runoff to reach the gutter. Prevention is key for maintaining any part of your home, especially your roof.
Warmzone can also help you prevent ice dams with one of the most efficient de-icing systems on the market, low voltage RoofHeat STEP®. This system features thin, flexible, polypropylene-fused polymer heating panels. Each section of this de-icing system is controlled by an individual power unit that steps down from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). This ensures safe, accurate, and efficient performance for every system. This semi-conductive heating element is installed discreetly under the roofing, and can be nailed, stapled, or cut on-site, making installation a breeze. Polypropylene fused panels mean each panel is waterproof and protected from alkaline and salt damage. The versatile RoofHeat STEP system can be safely installed underneath roof shingles and even metal roofs. Low-voltage RoofHeat STEP installation is typically along roof eaves or valleys. RoofHeat STEP is available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch wide rolls, making it easy to install in any area.
Warmzone understands the importance of protecting the roof of your home or business. Assuring each customer gets the roof de-icing system they need is a top priority. Each Warmzone system is custom designed by an industry professional with your specifications, needs, and budget in mind. They will recommend the best solution to fit your needs, and help you every step of the way. Professionals can also combine Warmzone systems to create the perfect solution for your home. A popular choice for many customers is to install RoofHeat STEP systems along eaves and run self-regulating heat cable along gutters or other problem areas. If you need other options for your project, Warmzone also offers the RetroRoof de-icing system and RoofHeat panels. RoofHeat panels feature self-regulated heat cable channeled through attractive aluminum panels. These panels are available in different colors to complement any home’s design. The RetroRoof de-icing system features thin panels that install underneath existing shingles. They use an adhesive for easy positioning under the shingles, making them perfect for existing roofs.
No matter what your home or business de-icing needs may be, Warmzone’s unmatched customer service and support is there for you. Professional system design includes a detailed layout (AutoCAD) for your installer that lists all electrical information needed for installation. Warmzone also has customer service representatives available at any time to answer all your questions. You also receive technical support, free installation training, and access to all of Warmzone’s online resources. Because we maintain relationships with experienced installers throughout the country, Warmzone may also be able to connect you with an electrician or qualified installer in your area. Warmzone is the perfect choice to start investing in your home this year. If you’re ready to install a roof de-icing system or have questions, contact a friendly, qualified roof heating professional today at 888-488-9276.
Summer has finally given way to fall, and cooler weather means it’s time for homeowners to inspect and prepare their homes for the upcoming winter weather. Taking a good look at the house can save money, time, and grief this winter. Experts suggest homeowners inspect specific areas of their homes every spring and fall to prevent costly repairs. One crucial area that needs bi-annual inspection is the roof. This is especially true in cold climate areas where extreme weather can occur during the winter season.
A good roof inspection can head off larger problems and protect the home from its number one enemy, water damage. Begin each inspection by ensuring no large branches or other impediments are resting on or hanging over the roof. Branches over the roof could break off and cause significant damage during a winter storm. Next, check out the gutters and downspouts. Remove any debris or blockages and make sure the downspouts are clear and draining appropriately. After checking the gutters, carefully inspect the roof shingles. Be on the lookout for missing, excessively worn, or loose shingles. These may be potential areas where water can enter the home. If you spot suspicious areas, check your attic for any signs of water damage. While in the attic, check to make sure it is adequately insulated. Faulty insulation allows warm air from the home to escape through the attic, which can lead to ice dams. Warm air in the attic can warm roof just enough to cause the bottom layer of snow on the roof to melt.
Once the bottom layer of snow melts, the water trickles down the roof and refreezes when it hits the colder eaves. This process creates a ridge of ice. The ice ridge grows as the action repeats itself, creating an ice dam. Pools of water behind the dam can infiltrate every tiny crack or imperfection on the roof. When the water refreezes and expands at night, it can break down the integrity of the roof. Once the roof is damaged, repairs are inevitable. But oftentimes, the problem isn’t noticeable through a simple roof shingle inspection. The problem is usually only discovered after water damage has occurred in the home. Interior water damage can be costly, and may include mold, mildew, or other unpleasant issues. Unfortunately, exterior roof repairs can be costly, and problems inside the home caused by water can even pose health risks. Still, most issues can be avoided by being diligent in your roof and attic inspections.
For those who wish to reduce or eliminate the potential for ice dams or other snow and ice issues, installing a roof de-icing system is the ideal solution. Warmzone offers a variety of affordable, industry-leading products for residential and commercial applications. In addition to the variety of systems that are available, each solution can also be easily customized, or different de-icing systems can be combined.
RoofHeat STEP is a discreet, low-voltage system featuring a unique, self-regulating heating element. This semi-conductive flexible polymer heating panel is discreetly installed under the roof shingles. (The system can also be safely used to heat metal roofs.) The heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication, making it waterproof and protecting it from alkaline or salt damage. The low-voltage system utilizes a transformer that monitors the power and output of the system, and steps down from high to low voltage (60 V or less). The lightweight heating panels are available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch widths and are easy to install. They can be cut onsite and nailed or stapled through, facilitating a quick, easy installation. RoofHeat STEP has proven to be an exceptional product for heating roof valleys, roof eaves, trouble spots, and even gutters. It does not require a ground fault switch and provides outstanding performance and efficiency. It is one of the most trusted roof de-icing products available, and is a great choice for any home.
Another great option is a self-regulating heat cable. This affordable, reliable option has been installed in residential homes throughout the country. Self-regulation allows the cable to increase heat output as the temperature falls, and decrease temperature rises. The durable construction and self-regulating properties make this cable extremely efficient, safe, and effective in just about any scenario. Warmzone’s cable also comes with a 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects. Its irradiated conductive core regulates heat output, while its durable UV stabilized outer casing protects it from harsh winter conditions. The self-regulating heat trace cable is perfect for providing channels for runoff on roof edges, gutters, downspouts, and more. Self-regulating heat cable offers homeowners an affordable option for their de-icing needs. The cable can be used to effectively heat specific trouble spots, roof valleys, gutters and downspouts, and roof edges.
Warmzone also offers other options for roof de-icing. Another discreet option for heating existing roofs is the RetroRoof system. Featuring thin heating panels with adhesive strips on the top and bottom of the element, RetroRoof panels can be easily installed under existing shingles. This system is also compatible with Warmzone’s other industry-leading systems. No matter what the de-icing needs of a home may be, there are options for everyone. Another great option is the SnoFree Panel system, which features self-regulating cable channeled through attractive aluminum panels that promote maximum heat transfer. Warmzone also offers pre-terminated self-regulating heat cable and constant wattage cable, which make ideal solutions for roof de-icing or pipe freeze protection. For more details, contact a roof de-icing expert today. Warmzone’s top-notch customer service and industry professionals will ensure that every customer receives a unique system to fit their needs and budget. Each system comes with a system layout with all specifications, as well as installation help and training throughout the process. Call Warmzone at 888-488-9276 and start prepping your home for winter today.
Summer is finally here, and warmer weather means more time for home improvement projects. Taking time during the summer to increase convenience at your home will pay dividends this winter. One of the best products available to increase convenience at your home is a roof de-icing system. Roof de-icing systems grow in popularity each year because of the many benefits they offer home and business owners. Roof de-icing systems can protect the roof from damage.
During the winter months, issues like ice dams or gutter blockage can impact the “health” of your roof, and in some cases, decrease its lifespan. Homes with poorly insulated attics can fall victim to ice dams. These ridges of ice develop at the roof eaves, where runoff trickles down the roof before refreezing at the colder roof edge, resulting in standing pools of water trapped behind the ice dam. Over time, as water seeps into tiny cracks in the shingles or substrate, it refreezes and expands, threatening the integrity of the roof. Ice dams are the single most costly issue when it comes to maintaining a roof because they can ultimately result in water seepage into the home. This moisture can lead to issues like mold and mildew.
Some areas along the roof edge can also be prone to icicles. Some icicles can be hazardous to pedestrian traffic below. Melting icicles can drip on the sidewalk and create slick patches of “black” ice, or sometimes heavy icicles can detach from the roof, becoming dangerous projectiles to those below. Needles to say, this is a nightmare scenario for business owners. To protect your home or business, and enhance safety, there are several, affordable roof de-icing options that are available. As an industry-leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone carries a wide variety of roof de-icing solutions that can be tailored to suit your needs.
Warmzone’s most popular option is self-regulating heat cable. Warmzone carries several variants of self-regulating cable, and each roof de-icing solution can be customized to meet the specific de-icing and budget demands of the customer. The systems are maintenance-free, effective, and energy-efficient.
The cable features rugged outer construction that houses an irradiated conductive core. This self-regulating core allows the heat output to increase as the temperature drops, and decrease when temperatures increase. The roof heating system can be activated automatically or manually.
The flexibility and versatility of self-regulating heat cable make it an ideal choice for heating problem areas of the roof. These areas may include north-facing roof edges, gutters, valleys, and even downspouts. Lining a gutter or the edges of the roof can prevent heavy snow and ice from damaging these areas by providing channels for the runoff. Self-regulating heat cable along gutters, eaves, or edges can also prevent heavy icicles from forming. To prevent ice dams from forming, heat cable can be installed in a zigzag pattern along roof eaves, creating channels whereby the runoff can reach the gutter. Heating roof valleys with self-regulating heat cable also clears the way for roof runoff.
One of the most effective, hence, most popular roof de-icing options is Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP® system. This premier de-icing system features a thin, self-regulating polymer heating panel. This semi-conductive heating element is versatile and can be nailed, stapled, or cut onsite, facilitating easy installation.
The flexible panels are polypropylene fused, which makes them waterproof and protects them from alkaline and salt damage. The thin panels can be discreetly installed under the roof shingles, and can also be safely installed to heat metal roofs. Each section of the de-icing system is controlled by an individual power unit (transformer) that steps down from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). This system is typically installed along roof eaves and roof valleys. The low-voltage heating element is available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch wide rolls.
Warmzone also offers RoofHeat panels, which feature self-regulating heat cable routed through durable, attractive aluminum panels. RoofHeat panels are extremely efficient, and available in different colors to complement the design of any home. This proven system is another excellent choice for keeping roof eaves and valleys clear of snow and ice.
Existing roofs can also be fitted with roof de-icing. The innovative RetroRoof de-icing system features thin panels that can be installed under roof shingles. The panels have an adhesive on each side so they can be positioned and secured in place under the existing shingles. These panels are an excellent solution for those looking to retrofit their roof, without having to tear out the existing shingles. The system can be installed anywhere on the roof, but is typically installed along the roof edges to prevent ice dams.
Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems can also be combined. One popular custom solution is that of installing the RoofHeat STEP system along the roof eaves while running self-regulating heating cable in the gutters or small trouble spots on the roof. With so many options, you can work with the roof heating professionals at Warmzone to create the perfect custom solution for any home or business.
When working with Warmzone customers receive unmatched support services. Representatives are always available to assist you and answer any questions you have. Professionals will evaluate your de-icing needs and budget to recommend the solution that best suits your needs. Each system is carefully designed, and this professional layout is provided for your installer. This detailed AutoCAD contains all the electrical and layout information needed for installation.
Warmzone also offers free installation training, technical support, and online resources available at any time. The training is a valuable resource that can be completed online via web conference with an instructor. Warmzone may also be able to connect you with a trained electrician or installer in your area. With the largest selection of products and top-notch customer service, Warmzone is the first choice for savvy homeowners. If you’re looking to install a roof de-icing system, contact a friendly roof heating professional today, at 888-488-9276.
December is finally here. That means temperatures are dropping and snow will soon be falling. As beautiful as snow can be, it can also pose problems for homeowners. Perhaps the most prominent and troublesome challenges are those you can’t see – up on the roof.
The greatest potential for problems comes as a result of ice dams. An ice dam forms when snow melts at higher points on the roof, runs down, and refreezes when it reaches the colder eaves. Warm air that has escaped into the attic warms the bottom layer of snow on the roof, which runs down to the eaves. This water refreezes because there is no warm air under the eaves, causing a ridge of ice to form.
As the ridge of ice grows, water reaches the “dam” and pools behind it. When it refreezes and expands, tiny imperfections in the roof can be exploited. This is why ice dams have the potential to cause problems both to the roof and inside the home. Water may eventually seep inside the house, leading to interior water damage. If undiscovered, this can even be the cause of mold and mildew developing in the home. This is worst case scenario, but homeowners should be aware of potential problems so they can take steps to reduce or eliminate the need for costly repairs.
One preventive measure includes checking your attic insulation. Do what you can to prevent heat from escaping from the home into your attic. Also, inspect your roof every spring and fall. Keep the gutters and downspouts free of obstructions, such as small branches and leaves. If you notice snow and ice buildup in the same place every year, it may be time to consider installing a roof de-icing system.
Warmzone offers a variety of proven roof de-icing systems. The latest technology to be added to Warmzone’s reputable line of roof heating solutions is the RetroRoof de-icing system.
RetroRoof is one of the most advanced roof de-icing systems available today. It affords homeowners the option of discreetly adding a roof de-icing system to an existing roof. The thin heating panels feature adhesive strips on the top and bottom of the element, so it can be safely secured under the existing shingles. The system can also be installed in new construction applications, making RetroRoof an excellent solution for ice dam prevention on both new and existing roofs.
RetroRoof systems are designed to make it easy to add heat to existing roofs. The system’s modular design allows the installer to plug the heating panels together to keep entire areas free from snow and ice buildup. To install the heating panel, no nailing is required. Simply lift the shingle slightly, remove the underside release liner and secure the heating element underneath. Then remove the top side release liner and press down to seal the element to the next course of shingles. The innovative de-icing panel is now permanently and discreetly attached to the roof.
RetroRoof’s ease of installation and efficient performance makes them an excellent choice for any roof de-icing project. And remember, the RetroRoof system can be installed in new construction as well as retrofit applications. The heating elements effectively warm areas to keep them free of snow and ice. Installing the system under shingles along the roof edges is an ideal way to prevent ice dams and other ice/runoff problems from forming. RetroRoof offers a quick solution to any roof snow or ice problems.
RetroRoof panels are ETL Intertek listed and come with a 15-year limited warranty. The panels are easy to work with, and weigh less than 7 ounces per foot. RetroRoof de-icing systems are available in 120V and 240V, as well as various standard lengths. Certified to stand up to 110 MPH winds, and completely waterproof, RetroRoof panels are designed to weather Mother Nature’s worst storms. The flexibility and performance make RetroRoof panels an outstanding choice for heating almost any area of the roof.
RetroRoof systems are also compatible with Warmzone’s other industry-leading roof de-icing systems. Warmzone offers self-regulating heat trace cable that can be installed along roof edges or in gutters and downspouts to prevent freezing and gutter damage. These cables are easy to install, flexible, and affordable. The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system is another outstanding option for homeowners. This premier system features a thin, self-regulating polymer heating element available in multiple widths. RoofHeat STEP is ideal for heating roof edges, and also a popular choice for heating roof valleys. It can be cut onsite and stapled or nailed through.
Warmzone’s RoofHeat aluminum panels feature attractive aluminum panels with pre-engineered channels for self-regulating heat cable. While not as discreet as RetroRoof, these panels are available in multiple finishes to boost the curb appeal of any home. The aluminum design also allows for maximum heat transfer across the entire panel. Warmzone de-icing systems also include an automated controller to safely and efficiently clear snow and ice before problems arise.
Combining any of these systems with Warmzone’s advanced RetroRoof de-icing panels allows home and business owners to create a comprehensive de-icing system specifically for their needs. A Warmzone professional will help you create a roof de-icing system that considers every aspect of your project and your budget. From professional design to installation training and support, customer service is all-inclusive at Warmzone. If you have more questions about Warmzone roof de-icing systems, call a Warmzone professional today at 888-428-9726.
Roofs are an integral part of any home or business, but maintenance during the hazardous winter months can be difficult. Cold weather, snow, and ice can lead to many dangerous liability issues for homes and businesses. Dripping water can cause icicles and black ice on walkways, leading to injuries and liability issues. And ice dams along roof eaves can eventually lead to roof damage.
An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms when snow and ice melt and then refreeze on a roof. Heat from the attic can warm the roof and melt the bottom layer of snow. The runoff trickles toward the roof’s edge where it hits the cold eaves that cause it to refreeze. As it freezes, it forms a small ridge of ice. As addition water reaches this ridge, it also freezes, resulting in an ice dam that prevents water from draining properly. Once the dam is formed the melted snow is trapped, and pools behind the dam. The water can seep underneath your shingles and freeze again, threatening the integrity of your roof. Over time, roof damage can result, which may lead to additional problems inside the home. Seepage can find its way into the house where it may bring about costly problems, such as mildew or mold.
The most efficient solution for ice and snow problems on any property is a roof de-icing system. Warmzone offers two of the industry’s most efficient and trusted de-icing solutions: the RoofHeat STEP low-voltage roof de-icing system and the RoofHeat self-regulating heat trace cable. Both systems are operating in residential and commercial structures throughout the country.
When looking for roof de-icing options, determining the best products depends on the size, type, and construction of the roof, as well as regional weather conditions and performance requirements of the system. Taking these factors into consideration will help to ensure that correct components are used and installed correctly.
Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable is an industry-leading product that is an affordable option for any home or business. Its superior construction makes it safe, effective, and energy efficient—the three key qualities of any roof de-icing system. Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable is UL recognized under appliance classification file E 76498 and meets NEC codes section 426a, and also comes with 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects. The self-regulating cable features a durable UV stabilized outer casing built to withstand harsh winter weather conditions. The heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that regulates the heat output, increasing output as the outside temperature falls, and decreasing output as the temperature rises. Roof de-icing systems with self-regulating heat trace cable offer homeowners an affordable solution for heating roof edges, gutters, downspouts, and more. Installing a heat trace cable system is the ideal choice for those with a tighter budget.
Each self-regulating heat trace cable system consists of cable, a thermostat, and an activation device so that owners can operate the systems manually or set them to be fully automated. Running the heat cable along gutters and downspouts provides an excellent means for facilitating runoff, while keeping gutters free from the damaging effects of heavy snow and ice buildup. Using heat trace cable to heat specific trouble spots and roof valleys is also a cost-effective choice that will facilitate proper drainage. Warmzone’s roof heating cable is also consistently recommended for heating roof edges to prevent damage from ice dams and frost erosion. Heat cable is easily installed on roof edges. It is attached with special roof clips in a zigzag pattern along the entire edge of the roof eave. To create drip channels, the cable is installed to overhang an extra 5-inches on roofs with gutters, and 2-inches for roofs without gutters. Heat trace cable is also a great choice for pipe tracing in commercial or industrial applications to prevent pipes from freezing.
The RoofHeat STEP low-voltage system from Warmzone is the premier roof de-icing solution for almost any application – including metal roofs. Not only is it one of the most trusted and comprehensive roof heating systems available, but it is a perennial favorite of roofing professionals. Rather than cable, RoofHeat STEP’s heating element is a thin (3/64-inch thick), semi-conductive, polymer heating panel that is polypropylene fused during fabrication to increase its durability, making it waterproof and protecting it from alkaline or salt damage. The element is a discreet, flexible panel that is installed directly under shake, asphalt shingles, or even metal roofs. The lightweight (.23 pounds per foot) heating element can also be cut onsite, nailed and stapled through, and is also available in multiple widths (3, 6, 9, and 12 inches). All these factors make installation quick and easy for any rooftop. RoofHeat STEP also comes with a 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects.
The low-voltage system is also self-regulating, and utilizes transformers to operate the system. Each section of the roof is connected to a transformer that will step down from high to low voltage (60 volts or less), and monitor the heat output to the self-regulating heat element to allow for optimal performance. An automatic sensor will detect precipitation and temperature to trigger the control panel, which then sends power to each section. This system setup will assure any roof is heated accurately, evenly, and cleared of snow and ice, while being extremely energy efficient. RoofHeat STEP is a great choice for any home or business, but is better at clearing snow from large areas or entire sections of the roof than self-regulating heat trace cable. It is especially effective at preventing ice dams, and will also keep roof eaves, valleys, or trouble spots completely clear of snow and ice.
The preferred activation device for this de-icing system is the advanced STEP Touch Thermostat. This industry-leading advanced thermostat has a beautiful, modern design sure to please any homeowner. Simple to use with only two-control functionality, it is maintenance free and will work perfectly with the low-voltage system, or any radiant heat system from Warmzone. It has a 3-digit LED display, interfaces with smart-home systems, and has a permanent memory that will recover all settings in the event of a power failure.
An automated roof de-icing system like RoofHeat STEP is key for effective and efficient roof de-icing and preventing hazards at homes and businesses. When working with Warmzone, each de-icing system is custom designed to meet the customer’s budget and de-icing needs. Professionals will consider each aspect of your roof, such as layout, roof medium, budget, and other factors to find the solution that gives you the best roof de-icing system.
In addition to providing a professional layout/design of the roof heating system, Warmzone also offers free installation training and technical support during installation. Customer service professionals from Warmzone are available to assist with any questions to assure installation goes off without a hitch.
If you would like more information about Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems, reach out to us today and speak to a customer service professional at 888-488-9276.
Keeping roofs well maintained and free of ice dams during the winter is crucial for the longevity of both residential and commercial structures. Preventing ice dams and keeping roof edges and gutters clear of heavy snow and ice can also play an important role in enhancing safety for pedestrian traffic. When roof ice is neglected, icicles can break free and tumble onto unsuspecting people below, as well as drip and cause thin sheets of black ice to develop on sidewalks. Needless to say, this can be particularly problematic for business owners as they struggle to keep their commercial properties safe and profitable during the cold winter months.
While many roof de-icing options are available for residential and commercial applications, one in particular has distinguished itself from the others. The low-voltage RoofHeat™ STEP® system features a unique semi-conductive polymer heating element. The thin, flexible panels can be installed discreetly under shingles as well as metal roofs. The system operates on low voltage, and does not require a ground fault switch. The RoofHeat STEP de-icing roof heating system provides remarkable performance and efficiency, and has established itself as one of the most trusted and comprehensive roof de-icing solutions available. The system’s performance and ease of installation have made it a favorite among roofing professionals.
These systems are especially effective in controlling and eliminating ice dams. Ice dams form as a result of warm air escaping from the home into the attic, causing the bottom layer of snow on the roof to melt. The water trickles down to the roof eaves, but because there is no warm attic under the eaves, the water refreezes near the roof’s edge. Over time, more and more water runs down to the eave and freezes, causing a ridge of ice to form. Eventually, the ice dam causes the melted snow to collect behind it, resulting in pools of water on the roof eaves. The water in these pools can seep into tiny cracks and imperfections in the roof, causing more imperfections as it expands during the refreezing process.
About the System
The low-voltage roof de-icing solution utilizes a transformer to power the system. The transformer steps down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less), and monitors the power and output of the self-regulating heating element to ensure safe, optimal performance.
The heating element (just 3/64-inch thick) features an impermeable membrane that is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage. It is available in widths of 3, 6, 9 or 12-inches, making this system versatile enough to be installed to heat large areas, roof valleys, intricate trouble spots, and even in roof gutters.
RoofHeat STEP lightweight panels are easy to install and can be cut to size on the job site. During installation, the heating element can also be nailed or stapled through, making installation quicker and easier than other traditional roof heating systems. Additionally, the roof heating system is self-regulating, which means that when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases, preventing the element from overheating, and ensuring energy-efficient operation.
Some basic features and benefits of the self-regulating, low-voltage roof de-icing system include:
- Proven performance
- Thin: 3/64-inch (1.2 mm) thick
- Lightweight: 0.23 lb per foot (0.34 kg/m)
- Operates quietly and efficiently
- Versatile: Works under asphalt, shake, and tile shingles, and metal roofs. The system can be installed to heat roof eaves, valleys, gutters, or even the entire roof.
- The heating element can be nailed or stapled through (Avoid nailing through the bus braids.)
- Discreet: The heating element is installed under the roofing.
- Construction: Rugged positive temperature coefficient (PTC) semi-conductive polymer with an impermeable membrane outer coating that is polypropylene fused
- 10-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects
- ETL (NRTL) listed
Low-voltage RoofHeat STEP systems are typically controlled by the STEP Touch Thermostat (activation device). The thermostat is designed for simple two-control functionality for ease of operation and features a 3-digit, auto-dim LED display. The versatile Touch sensor controls are maintenance free and capable of working seamlessly with all Warmzone radiant heat systems, and can interface with smart home systems as well. All settings are stored in permanent memory for instant recovery in the event of a power failure (no batteries are needed).
While the STEP Touch Thermostat is the recommended activation device for the low-voltage de-icing system, it can also utilize Warmzone’s advanced aerial-mount activation device. A variety of options exist, so talk with one of our radiant heat experts and we’ll be happy to help determine the best configuration and controls for your system.
Warmzone custom designs each roof heating system to best meet the needs of each customer. Professional roof heating system designers will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the best roof de-icing solution possible.
In addition to professional system design and layout services, Warmzone also includes free installation training for installers as well as technical support during the installation. We are available to your installer to assist if there are any questions during the installation. Our goal is not only to ensure that you receive the best system, but that your system is installed correctly and performing as advertised.
For more details about Warmzone’s industry-leading roof de-icing solutions, call Warmzone and speak to a customer service professional today at 888-488-9276.
Roof de-icing systems are a great investment that can save homes from the damage that melting ice and snow can cause in the cold winter months. If you’ve been considering a de-icing system for your home or business, fall can be the perfect time to get one installed.
Roof de-icing systems can be used to heat your whole roof, but it is more common to heat specific areas. The most common application is heating roof edges, but heating problem areas, roof valleys, or even your gutters and downspouts are also popular options. Heating these areas can prevent ice dams that can be created by warm temperatures in the attic that can cause snow or ice to melt and trickle down the roof. When the cool water hits the freezing eaves, it refreezes, eventually creating a ridge of ice along the roof eave. This causes subsequent runoff to pool behind the ice ridge, and that’s when problems can occur. The water seems into every tiny crevice and when it refreezes, it expands. As this process repeats, the expanding ice can threaten the integrity of the roof. Damage from ice dams can be hazardous and costly to repair, and can also lead to interior water damage inside the home. Radiant roof de-icing systems are proven to prevent ice dams from forming to allow runoff to reach the gutters, helping to prolong the life of your roof.
No matter which area of your roof you are looking to heat, don’t forget that a system is only as good as the installation and components that are included. Each Warmzone roof de-icing system consists of the industry’s most advanced and proven components. Warmzone offers multiple options for heating elements that allow you to customize your system to fit the needs of your home or business.
One of the most popular and reliable heating elements available is Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable. RoofHeat self-regulating heat trace cable is an easy to use roof de-icing option that is affordable and great for a wide variety of applications. Self-regulating heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that increases the heat output as temperatures outside drop, and decreases output as temperatures rise. Cable is available in different lengths and can be installed to accommodate just about any configuration, including custom or oddly shaped areas. The cable is UL recognized, flexible, and has an extremely rugged outer jacket of UV stabilized thermoplastic elastomer, making it perfect for harsh outdoor conditions. Self-regulating heat cable from Warmzone also comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty.
Self-regulating heat cable is the first choice for installing in gutters and downspouts, and can even be used for pipe trace applications to prevent freezing. Installing the heat cable is simple. It is installed in the gutter and into the downspouts, and ended below the frost line. When installing cable on the roof itself, it is attached to the roof with roof clips in a zigzag formation. Installing heat cable in these areas is extremely efficient at providing channels for runoff to prevent ice and snow damage, and the best choice for most customers. Most customers use self-regulating cable to heat roof edges, but it is also effective for keeping roof valleys clear of snow and ice buildup. Self-regulating heat trace cable has been installed in most of the coldest areas of the country, and still remains one of the most efficient and discreet options for gutter trace applications and roof heating today.
Wamrzone also offers pre-terminated 120V, 6-watt self-regulating heat cable. This option is affordable and convenient, as it comes pre-assembled and can be plugged into a standard outlet. This cable is also available with a GFCI power plug, and comes in 50, 75, or 100-foot lengths. Pre-terminated cable allows for easier installation, as it does not require any special skills or tools. It can be used in almost any application, even industrial environments – including hazardous and corrosive environments.
Another option available from Warmzone is constant wattage cable. This type of cable is a good choice for quick, easy, and general roof de-icing projects, where customization may not be necessary. Constant wattage cable has outstanding electrical and thermal properties, with a parallel heating core that will produce uniform thermal output over its entire length, meaning that the power output remains the same across the whole cable. (It is unaffected by ambient temperature, unlike self-regulating cable.) Constant wattage cable uses a single power point making it easy to configure and install heat tracing systems anywhere. Constant wattage cable comes pre-assembled, and can be installed to eliminate problem spots along your roof edges, gutters, or downspouts. The cable can also be used for pipe freeze prevention, as well as for process heating, and velocity flow control for viscous materials in industrial applications.
If cable isn’t the right option for heating your roof, Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP de-icing system may be the ideal choice. This system also features a self-regulating heating element. This system utilizes a thin polymer element that can be nailed through and cut on site. The semi conductive polymer heating element uses individual control boxes to monitor monitor power and output for each section of roofing. The transformers will step from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less) to assure safe and efficient performance. The low-voltage element can be safely installed under shingles and metal roofs, and is ideal for heating entire eaves and problem areas.
Warmzone’s versatile self-regulating heat cable is an industry leader that is the perfect choice for most home or business owners. A roof heating professional from Warmzone can help you determine which heating element is best for your particular application, whether you need to heat valleys, edges, downspouts, or even your whole roof. Warmzone professionals provide industry leading customer service, including professional system design, free installation training, and tech support. If you still have questions about roof de-icing systems, contact a Warmzone professional today at 888.488.9276. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.
Roof De-icing Options
Radiant heat is a great solution for many areas inside or outside your home. From floors to driveways, almost any area in your home can be heated with radiant heat. One great and often overlooked spot to install radiant heating is your roof. Inspecting your roof and installing a roof de-icing system during the warmer months is a great way to ensure your home or business is prepared for the cold winter ahead. With Warmzone, top-of-the-line roof heating systems make dealing with winter hazards like snow, ice dams, or icicles hassle a whole lot easier. Warmzone offers a variety of versatile roof de-icing systems that can fit the needs of any home or business owner and keep property safe from costly water damage during the winter.
Radiant heating systems work using three components: a heating element, an activation device, and a contactor panel / power source. The heating element is installed on your roof, valleys or gutters, or in specific areas where de-icing is needed. Once the heating element is installed, the activation device triggers the system to send power to the elements. The activation device is designed to detect specific weather conditions and then signal the contactor panel to send power to the heating element. The system then safely and efficiently keeps your roof clear of hazardous snow and ice.
Depending on the needs of the area to be heated, de-icing systems can be installed in a number of places. If you are looking to install radiant heat in gutters and downspouts, Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable is an affordable, efficient solution for roof de-icing. (Constant wattage and pre-terminated self-regulating cable is also available.) Self-regulating heat cable automatically adjusts to temperature changes, increasing or decreasing its heat output, making it extra efficient, safe, and maintenance free. Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable features a UV stabilized flexible thermoplastic elastomer over-jacket that protects its core making it extremely durable for wet locations, and protecting it from sun damage. This cable can be installed in gutters, downspouts or even zigzagged along the roof eaves to provide channels for the runoff (and prevent ice dams). Installing cable in these particular areas helps prevent icicles and hazardous ice dams from forming, protecting your home and roof from water damage that often results from ridges of ice that form along the roof eaves. Water can pool behind the ice and seep into tiny cracks in the roof or shingles. Warmzone’s versatile self-regulating cable can also be used for pipe tracing applications to prevent pipes from freezing.
Warmzone’s industry leading self-regulated heating cable is also used in attractive roof heating panels. These aluminum panels feature pre-engineered channels where self-regulating heat cable is routed, resulting in maximum heat transfer. These panels are engineered to be extremely energy efficient as well as an attractive addition to your roof. The aluminum panels are coated with a durable finish that adds to the aesthetic value of your home, and are available in a wide variety of colors to match your existing roof. Warmzone’s RoofHeat panels are extremely versatile and are also a great option to heat the valleys of your roof. These panels are effective at controlling ice buildup and dams with just a 4-6 inch heating panel that will clear both sides of the valley between 6-10 inches. This method of roof heating allows runoff to safely flow down the valley and assures that no water is refreezing on any other part of your roof. These premium quality panels offer an aesthetically pleasing option that is both highly efficient and affordable.
Another great roof de-icing option is Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system. This innovative system features a thin polymer heating element that can be installed under metal or shingle roofs. It is easy to install and versatile, as it can be cut, stapled or nailed through during installation. RoofHeat STEP is also a self regulating system, so you can be sure that the system will efficiently keep your roof clear of snow and ice in any cold weather condition. This system can be installed to heat roof eaves, valleys, or even the entire roof. Each transformer controls a specific section of the roof de-icing system. This allows for the system to step down high voltage to low voltage (less than 60V ) when necessary, providing safe and efficient heat to clear your roof. The low-voltage system is one of the most effective and highly recommended roof de-icing systems on the market.
Because Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems are so versatile, they can be used separately or combined. This is helpful to meet the specific needs of each roof. If there is a tricky area, or an especially problematic spot Warmzone professional system designers can create a roof de-icing system to meet your exact specifications and snow melting needs.
Purchasing a roof de-icing system is a smart way to protect one of the most important aspects of your home – the roof. Damage to a roof can lead to costly water damage in the home, which can even lead to serious health problems if mold develops in the home. Ice dams are the number one problem when it comes to water or costly roof damage. As snow melts on the roof, it can reach the ridge of ice along the eaves where it pools. This pooled water can seep into tiny cracks and refreeze in every nook and cranny of your roof, expanding and eventually causing damage and threatening the integrity of your roof. If water seeps inside walls, it may not be discovered for a considerable time, whereby it can eventually cause mold and mildew inside the home – which is every homeowner’s nightmare.
A quality roof heating system is an investment that can pay off every winter, preventing damage and eliminating stress. Installing one now during the summer months is easier, and will assure your winter is safe and hassle free. If you’d like to learn more about the many roof de-icing options that are available, please contact a roof heating expert today at 888.488.9276.
It’s time for your spring roof and gutter inspection.
According to experts, homeowners should inspect their roofs, gutters and downspouts at least twice a year. Roofing pros suggest checking it during spring time and in late fall, in preparation for the upcoming winter.
Roofs are generally very sturdy and built to last. But sometimes extreme weather or accidents can jeopardize the integrity of a roof. And even the slightest flaw can lead to costly water damage. So before you fall victim to water damage from a leaky roof, make the effort to inspect your home’s lid so you can rest easy during summer rain and winter snowstorms.
Ice dams pose the single greatest threat to roofs in cold climate areas. Ice can cause problems that start out so small it’s difficult for homeowners to recognize. However, the small problem can grow into a large problem and result in serious water damage to the home. The damage may even take years to develop as ice dams tend to form in the same area year after year. That’s why it’s so important to keep up on the biannual inspections.
During winter in locations that receive significant snowfall, warm air can escape from the living area and into the attic where it continues upward, warming the roof and causing the bottom layer of snow to melt. The runoff trickles down the roof, but when it reaches the colder eaves (where the roof extends out and no heat from the attic can reach), the water refreezes, causing a small ridge of ice to form.
This process tends to repeat itself day after day, and before long the small ridge of ice has grown into a large ridge. The runoff from the roof eventually pools behind the ice dam, and this is where things can get ugly. When a pool of water sits on a roof, every tiny crack and imperfection in the shingles or plywood can be exploited. Water finds its way into every crack or flaw in the roof. At nighttime the water refreezes and expands, enlarging the cracks and breaking down the overall integrity of the roof.
After your spring inspection of the roof, perhaps now is a good time to invest in an affordable roof deicing system. Several options are available, ranging from affordable self-regulating heat cable to low-voltage polymer heating panels that are installed directly under the roof shingles.
Self-regulating heat cable can be run through roof gutters and downspouts, as well as in a zigzag pattern along the roof eave. By installing the heat cable in a serpentine pattern the cable provides channels for the runoff to reach the gutters, thereby minimizing the chances of ice dams from forming.
The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system features thin polymer heating panels that can be installed under shingles or metal roofs. The element can be nailed or stapled through and cut on site. The heating element is also self-regulating.
These industry leading roof deicing systems keep the entire roof edges free from snow and ice, whereas the individual runs of heat cable simply provide channels for the runoff. Because the RoofHeat STEP system is low-voltage, it uses transformers to step down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). Each transformer controls a specific section of the roof deicing system. And Warmzone roof heating systems can be easily customized to meet the precise needs of each customer.
Industry Leading Support Services
Warmzone is an innovative industry leader in terms of product offering and customer services. Free installation training is provided as well as installation support and professional system design and layout. Electrical and radiant heat experts are on hand to assist you during the training and/or the installation. A library of helpful installation videos is also available on Warmzone’s website, as well as a wealth of product information and documentation.
For more information, check out our website or call us today at 888.488.9276.