Archive for the ‘Ice dam heat cable’ Category


Ice Dam Heat Tape: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

Here is a cool Info-Graphic we just produced which illustrates the difference between high-quality and low quality heat cable and heat tape for ice dam prevention. Not understanding the difference between heat cable brands and styles can cost you a lot of money and headaches. In short, always install a commercial-grade self-regulating heat cable. Never install cheap, big-box retail cable (constant wattage). Here is a PDF of the below graphic.

How to know the difference between good heat cable and bad heat cable


Oregon Ice Dam Prevention – Helpful Hints

Thursday, January 26th, 2017

How to Prevent Ice Dams in Oregon

We have been received dozens and dozens of phone calls from homeowners in Bend Oregon, Portland Oregon and other Oregon metropolitan areas relating to ice dam prevention in the past two weeks. Homeowners all are asking the same question; What can I do to prevent ice dams on my Oregon home? We’ve written extensively about the topic of ice dam prevention but thought a basic summary would be appropriate here for our friends out west.

There have been an unusually high number of homes and businesses damaged by ice dams in Bend and Portland Oregon but the problem also affects other areas. Ice dam prevention in Oregon can fall into to broad categories, each with it’s own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The first family of ice dam prevention for Oregon homes is what we call ‘Architectural Solutions’. These are solutions that address the construction-related flaws that cause ice dams. The Ice Dam Company through it’s service arm in Minneapolis does a ton of architectural ice dam prevention projects, most notably to address poor insulation, poor ventilation and heat bypasses (places hot air can escape into areas it is not supposed to be such as the attic or roof truss cavities.

How Ice Dams Form on Oregon Homes

We know that when upper areas of a roof are heated to above 32 degrees, the snow melts and that melt water runs down to an unheated area, most commonly the outer edge of the roof known as the eave. When that water hits the unheated eave it refreezes. This process repeats hour after hour over the course of days resulting in the accumulation of unwanted ice that we all know as an ice dam.

Oregon Ice Dam Solution Path One

Architectural solutions seek to address the root causes of ice dams mentioned above. The primary advantage to using these approaches is that, like many home improvements, these solutions add value to a home in that the likelihood of ice dams (and the possibility of damage) is greatly reduced plus the performance of the home is enhanced over the long run. In other words, improving insulation and ventilation while reducing air leaks makes for a healthier, more efficient house. That translates into lower heating and cooling bills over time. We also implement non-home performance related architectural solutions to address ice dams in Boise and in Minneapolis. Specifically, there are certain roofing systems that can be installed under special circumstances that do a great job of preventing the damage done by ice dams. Those systems are usually single ply membranes or hand-soldered metal roofing.

The primary downside to all architectural solutions is of course the cost. They often cost quite a bit to execute. Enhancing insulation and ventilation properly often involves tearing off some or all of the roofing or ripping out interior wall and ceiling finishes to approach it from inside the home. It is not uncommon for architectural solutions to ice dam prevention to start at $10,000 and go north of $40,000.

Oregon Ice Dam Solution Path Two

The second branch in the ice dam prevention family that we implement is heat tape, or heat cable. Not all heat cable is created equal, however, so the most important consideration in using this approach is to choose a commercial-grade self-regulating heat cable such as Heat Tape Pro by Radiant Solutions Company. You can purchase ice dam prevention products here, on Ebay or Amazon depending on your preference. Heat cables do not address the underlying thermal misbehavior that is the actual cause of ice dams. Instead, it prevents damage done by accumulating snow and ice by created melted pathways for water to escape from the roof. When installed professionally, a high-quality self-regulated heat cable system

Ice Dam Prevention Boise Idaho

will easily last a decade.

Here is a helpful PDF on Ice Dam Prevention Heat Cable in Idaho: Idaho Ice Dam Prevention 1

Heat cables have gotten a bad wrap among some of the less experienced, less scrupulous  professionals out there as a method for preventing ice dams in Boise Idaho and other Idaho cities. This owes mainly to two things. First, many contractors and even some ice dam ‘experts’ don’t know the difference between self-regulating heat cable and constant wattage heat cable. Here is a great info graphic we developed to illustrate the difference for you. Constant wattage heat cable, such as EasyHeat, Frost King and WrapOn are commonly found at big box retailers and are simply awful.

The second reason heat cable and heat tape is sometimes disregarded as a legitimate answer to ice dams is that while some home owners in Oregon would love to drop $10,000 into and insulation and ventilation retrofit, it is simply not affordable. They do the best they can and heat cable is a perfect compromise.

We always tell our clients that the primary upside to heat cable is cost. Most systems we install run in the $1000 to $2000 range and provide years and years of reliable service.

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Steve on WCCO Talking About Heat Tape Pro Heat Cable

Tuesday, January 24th, 2017

Our very own Steve Kuhl spend some time on WCCO discussing Ice Dam prevention and heat tape/heat cable installation. In it Steve discusses Radiant Solutions heat cable product Heat Tape Pro which is the Ice Dam Company’s Heat Cable of choice of protecting your home against Ice Dams, as well as the phenomenon of ‘Double-Dams’, where ice dams can form in multiple locations on your roof.

See the Full video here:


Ice Dam Prevention in Boise Idaho

Tuesday, January 10th, 2017

How to Prevent Ice Dams in Idaho

We have been received dozens and dozens of phone calls from homeowners in Boise Idaho in the past two weeks. They all are asking the same question; What can I do to prevent ice dams? We’ve written extensively about the topic of ice dam prevention but thought a basic summary would be appropriate here for our friends out west.

Ice dam prevention can fall into to broad categories, each with it’s own distinct advantages and disadvantages. The first family of ice dam prevention for Boise Idaho homes is what we call ‘Architectural Solutions’. These are solutions that address the construction-related flaws that cause ice dams. Most notably, those are poor insulation, poor ventilation and heat bypasses (places hot air can escape into areas it is not supposed to be..namely the attic or roof truss cavities).

How Ice Dams Form on Oregon Homes

We know that when upper areas of a roof are heated to above freezing, the snow melts and that melt water travels down to an unheated area, most commonly the outer edge of the roof known as the eave. When that water hits the unheated eave it refreezes. This process occurs over course of days, normally, resulting in the accumulation of unwanted ice that we all know as an ice dam.

Oregon Ice Dam Solution Path One

Architectural solutions seek to address the root causes of ice dams mentioned above. The primary advantage to using these approaches is that, like many home improvements, these solutions add value to a home in that the likelihood of ice dams (and the possibility of damage) is greatly reduced plus the performance of the home is enhanced. In other words, improving insulation and ventilation while reducing air leaks makes for a healthier, more efficient house. That translates into lower heating and cooling bills in the long run as well. We also implement non-home performance related architectural solutions to address ice dams in Boise and in Minneapolis. Specifically, there are certain roofing systems that can be installed under special circumstances that do a great job of preventing the damage done by ice dams. Those systems are usually single ply membranes or hand-soldered metal roofing.

The primary downside to all architectural solutions is of course the cost. They often cost quite a bit to execute. Enhancing insulation and ventilation properly often involves tearing off some or all of the roofing or ripping out interior wall and ceiling finishes to approach it from inside the home. It is not uncommon for architectural solutions to ice dam prevention to start at $10,000 and go north of $40,000.

Oregon Ice Dam Solution Path Two

The second branch in the ice dam prevention family that we implement is heat tape, or heat cable. Not all heat cable is created equal, however, so the most important consideration in using this approach is to choose a commercial-grade self-regulating heat cable such as Heat Tape Pro by Radiant Solutions Company. You can purchase ice dam prevention products here, on Ebay or Amazon depending on your preference. Heat cables and heat tape are often downplayed as a legitimate solution to ice dams.

Heat cables do not address the underlying thermal misbehavior that is the actual cause of ice dams. Instead, it prevents damage done by accumulating snow and ice by created melted pathways for water to escape from the roof. When installed professionally, a high-quality self-regulated heat cable system

Ice Dam Prevention Boise Idaho

will easily last a decade.

Here is a helpful PDF on Ice Dam Prevention Heat Cable in Idaho: Idaho Ice Dam Prevention 1

Heat cables have gotten a bad wrap among some of the less experienced ‘professionals’ out there as a method for preventing ice dams in Bend Oregon, Portland Oregon and other areas. This owes mainly to two things. First, many contractors and even some ice dam ‘experts’ don’t know the difference between self-regulating heat cable and constant wattage heat cable. Here is a great info graphic we developed to illustrate the difference for you. Constant wattage heat cable, such as EasyHeat, Frost King and WrapOn are commonly found at big box retailers and are simply awful.

The second reason heat cable and heat tape is sometimes disregarded as a legitimate answer to ice dams is that while some home owners in Oregon would love to drop $10,000 into and insulation and ventilation retrofit, it is simply not affordable. They do the best they can and heat cable is a perfect compromise.

We always tell our clients that the primary upside to heat cable is cost. Most systems we install run in the $1000 to $2000 range and provide years and years of reliable service.

 


Heat Tape Pro Self-Regulating Heat Cable

Thursday, December 22nd, 2016

Roof deicing cable

HeatTapePro is a premium brand of commercial-grade, self-regulating heat cable. We are strategic partners with the Radiant Solutions Company, the direct manufacture of HeatTapePro and all related installation accessories.

Ice dam roof deicing cable installation information

HeatTapePro self-regulating heat cable

HeatTapePro self-regulating heat cables are designed to be used for a variety of roof de-icing, gutter de-icing and pipe freeze applications. Self-regulating heat cable automatically calls for more energy when ambient outdoor temperatures are lower and conversely, less energy when outdoor temperatures are higher. HeatTapePro is pre-terminated in our factory for your safety and convenience. No field modifications will be necessary to the cable to use it for the described purposes.

You can purchase HeatTapePro through our store here or at The Heat Cable Store, , Ebay or Amazon.


Ice Dam Heat Cable Clips for Slate Roofs

Friday, September 18th, 2015

CLICK HERE TO BUY ROOF CLIPS FOR SLATE ROOF HEAT CABLE INSTALLATION

We sell a huge amount of heat cable clips for ice dam heat cables and roof deicing cables. Most of the roof deicing heat cable clips we sell relate to new ice dam prevention heat cables. Many of the clips we sell, however, relate to people needing replacement ice then heat cable clips.  For example, in the case of a reroofing project, the roofer often removes the existing ice dam deicing cable system and neglects to keep the clips.  A bit of a bummer, but they are easy enough to replace.

One of the less common roof deicing cable clip is made for slate roof applications. Slate roof ice dam cable clips are quite different than standard heat cable installation clips. Here is a photo of the two side-by-side: Slate Roof Ice Dam Heat Cables


Slate roof heat cable clips, also known as slate roof ice dam cable brackets, are far more expensive than standard ice dam heat cable clips. Check for current pricing in our store. Prices for ice dam heat cable clips are typically as follows: $40 for a box of 25 standard heat cable clips. Slate roof deicing cable clips cost about $20 per piece. Check out our store for up to date pricing. Installing heat cables on a slate roof requires special expertise and special accessories. Standard roof deicing projects are often far more affordable based on the clip cost alone.

Ice Dam Heat Cable Clips for Slate Roofs

Ice Dam Heat Cable Clips for Slate in use on a slate roof

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