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What is roof melt, and how does it work?

 Save time and your home from damages with roof melt from

For many of us, living through a Minnesota winter is a rite of passage.  When winter rolls around, we bundle up, put the ice scraper in the car, and gas up 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 stop going out in the frigid cold to rake your roof, and simply melt it off with an electric roof melt system from Protect your home from damaging ice dams and icicles with roof melt.

 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.  This process of heating and cooling continues and 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 eliminates those hazards with two easy-to-use options:

• STEP Warmfloor roof de-icing 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 the element, which makes it a great addition if you’re re-shingling your home. 

• You can also use an electrically-heated cable known as DanFoss on top of your shingles for the same result, making it ideal for existing roofs. 

 Many people with 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.  

A critical thing to keep in mind with installing a roof melt system on your home is 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, and cause an ice dam.  

A roof melt system is the truly the only way to prevent ice or snow build up.  By investing in this system now, you could potentially save thousands of dollars in the future.  That is money well spent.