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Consider Installing Roof Deicing When you Re-Shingle

For Minnesota, the winter of 2011-2012 was nothing like the winter of 2010-2011. Winter temperatures were above normal and snowfall was at a record low. When we look back at the 2010-2011 winter, we most likely remember the lingering extreme cold temperatures and late-season snowfall that made it feel like winter would never leave. Add in the above average snowfall, and the winter of 2010-2011 was a miserable one that would be best to leave in the rear-view mirror. However, many homeowners have lasting memories of that winter because as a result of the heavy snowfall, many homes were damaged by ice dams.

Ice dams are an accumulation of ice that forms at the edge of a roof. These form as snow accumulation on the upper portions of the roof melts and then meets the colder section of the roof near the eave, causing it to refreeze and dam up. This water can get trapped under the shingles, back up and create an ice dam. When the ice dam eventually melts, it can seep into the attic, causing severe damage.

If your home is currently in need of new shingles, now is the time to consider installing the STEP Warmfloor roof deicing product to help melt your ice dam problems away! The roof deicing element is installed beneath the shingles as opposed to the less efficient – and less attractive – option of installing electric cables on top of the shingles. The product is not installed throughout the roof decking, which makes the system even more cost effective. In fact, only the lower sections of the roof eave need to contain the element. If ice dams have occurred in a valley, then the roof-deicing element can be placed directly beneath the valley to help shed the melted water away that could have been trapped and perhaps leak into your home causing structural damage to insulation and walls. Check out the cross-sectional picture on this page of how the heating element would appear along the eaves of your home.

What is truly amazing and extremely convenient about the STEP Warmfloor product for roof deicing is the ability to nail the shingles directly through the heating element without compromising the element’s performance. Additionally, the benefits of installing this type of system far outweigh the costs of fixing the structural damage that could be caused to the house if ice dams are allowed to form. Think of it as insurance for the roof without paying the higher premium costs or high deductible payments for the repairs.

Benefits of the STEP Warmfloor roof deicing system

  • Energy efficiency: The STEP Warmfloor heating element will be 30-60pecent more energy efficient than conventional electric cables, as the STEP Warmfloor element self regulates. It provides maximum power when needed and less electricity as the element warms up.
  • Aesthetics: The heating element is under the shingles where it is unnoticeable. This makes for a nice natural and clean looking roof as opposed to having unsightly cables hang from the roof eave.
  • Installation: STEP Warmfloor roof deicing systems are easy to install and maintenance free.
  • Safety: The element operates on 24-volt power and can also utilize wind or solar power.

If you are in the process of building a new home, then you’ll most likely not have to install a roof deicing system. If your home is designed with a “cold roof,” where heated air from the living space can’t enter the attic, then ice dams most likely will not occur. However, this is not the case for homes 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. Find out where these areas are on your roof and design a STEP Warmfloor roof deicing system for them. It will prevent ice dams from forming and could save you thousands of dollars in damages.