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How to Install a Roof Deicing Gutter Trace System

Warmzone roof deicing systems are energy efficient, effective, and easy to customize and install. Designed to accommodate all types of roofs, Warmzone's roof deicing and gutter trace systems are easy to customize and can be installed in roof valleys, roof edges, trouble spots or to heat the entire roof.


For detailed instructions and FREE installation training, view our radiant heat installation training courses at Warmzone University.


Self-Regulating Roof Deicing and Gutter Trace Cable

RoofHeat self-regulating heat trace cable.

Self-regulating heat cable is the optimum solution for heating roof gutters and downspouts. The heat cable can also be installed along the roof's edge to help eliminate ice dams - the number one reason behind roof damage and water damage inside homes.


This product should only be installed in accordance with local and national codes, ordinances, trade practices and manufacturer instructions.


NOTE: In all locations, route and secure cable to avoid possible mechanical damage from equipment such as ladders, shovels, etc.


THE INFORMATION ON THIS PAGE IS NOT INTENDED TO TAKE THE PLACE OF THE INSTALLATION MANUAL. To ensure proper installation, carefully read and follow the instructions provided in the product documentation.



Pre Installation Notes:
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In-line splices and tee splices should be avoided when possible.

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Heating cable in downspouts should be double-traced (20 feet of heat cable per 10 feet of downspout) and extend below the frost line if tied into a drainage system.

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Field-assembled end terminations should not be located in an area where they could become immersed in water. End terminations should not be located at the lowest point of downspouts.

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The circuit length for a given over-current protection device shall not exceed the maximum length specified by the manufacturer.

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The maximum exposure temperature of all roof, gutter, and downspout materials shall be verified, and a heater shall be selected that will not exceed their temperature ratings.

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For dome drains on roof, trace the roof around the dome drain in a 5-pointed star pattern about 18 inches out from the center of the dome, then enter the drain about 2 feet and come back out of the drain.

 * For roof drains leading into a heated area, a loop of heating cable is installed to a typical depth of 2 feet. Trace entire overflow drains.
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If the outside jacket of the cable becomes compromised in any way, it must be sealed using heat shrink as soon as possible.


Roof heating cable heating roof edge and gutter.  Roof heating cable heating roof edge and gutter.


NOTE: Warmzone offers a wide selection of documentation, including installation manuals, data sheets, technical guides, illustrations, and instructional videos - all available for free download. Please refer to the Documentation Download section on Warmzone.com to freely access installation manuals and/or other helpful documents and drawings.

RoofHeat Panels for Heating Roof Edges


Roof heating cable in RoofHeat Panel.

RoofHeat Panels also feature self-regulating heat trace cable that is placed in the grooves of attractive aluminum panels, installed along the roof's edge. These panels are available in a variety of color coatings. For more information on heating roof edges, call Warmzone at 888.488.9276.


Installation Training, Illustrations and Roof Deicing System Photos


Warmzone self-regulating heat cable is an industry leader. The heat cable features a more flexible outer jacket and more durable carbon core than other leading brands of self-reg cable. These features provide more consistent performance, longer lifespan, and easier installation in cold temperatures.


Warmzone roof deicing systems can be easily customized to accommodate both small, custom residential applications as well as large commercial roof heating projects. Options are available to install a large roof deicing system or simply install heat in trouble spots where you need it most. Check out some of the more popular roof heating options.




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