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Prepare for winter now by taking steps to prevent ice dams

Minnesota winters can be brutal. But you can keep snow and ice off your roof by simply melting it off with an electric roof melt system from

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Minnesota winters can be brutal. We keep an ice scraper in the car and gas in the snow blower. We also take out our snow rakes and shovel our roofs to prevent snow and ice dam buildup, which can cause thousands of dollars in damages if left unattended. But now you can simply melt it off with an electric roof melt system from

An ice dam is an accumulation of ice that forms on the edge of a roof or valley. As heated air escapes from our house and into the attic, it melts the snow and ice above. As this process of heating and cooling continues, ice builds up. Too much ice or snow on the roof will cause the water to leak and infiltrate under the shingles, which can result in extensive damage and costly repairs. Dangerous icicles can also form, as well as ice on sidewalks. 

But electric roof melt systems eliminate those hazards. The STEP Warmfloor roof deicing system uses a flat, energy-efficient element that is self-regulating and can be installed underneath your roof’s shingles. Because of its unique properties, it can even be stapled through, which makes it a terrific addition if you’re building a new home or re-shingling your current home.

Many homes are built with cathedral-style ceilings with multiple roof plains that come together. This is where the dreaded ice dams can occur. When we talk to architects and structural engineers about ice dams, they already know where they most likely will occur on a roof. Your contractor can help you find out where these areas are on your roof and can help design a STEP Warmfloor roof deicing system for your home. It will prevent ice dams from forming and could save you thousands of dollars in damages.

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Many people that have electric roof melt systems installed simply turn it on in the winter and let it run. It does not require a thermostat for operating, but one can be installed if the homeowner desires. A roof melt thermostat will operate on moisture as well as temperature, so it will turn itself on if it is snowing.

It is critical to make sure that the melted snow and ice have a warm path to the ground. If there is not a path to ground, the melted ice will refreeze again which could cause an ice dam and costly damage to your home. Spending money on a STEP Warmfloor roof melt system now can help prevent roof damage from occurring and is money well spent.