Ice Dam Prevention Products
For clients who want to install a long-lasting, affordable yet robust solution to ice dams we install an industry-best line of ice dam prevention products. We don’t simply sell heat tape and deicing cable, we install it. Miles of it. As a result, we understand it in a way no other heat tape retailer can claim. In fact, no one in the United States can offer the technical support and real-world installation support that The Ice Dam Company brings to the table. If you want advice from a real human about how ice dam prevention systems should be designed and installed, we are your team. Plus, we are a family-owned and operated company, meaning we care deeply about your happiness and satisfaction. Bonus!
Heat cables, heat tape, roof de-icing cable, self-regulating heat cable, heat coils, and gutter heat cables are all names for the same thing. We install the finest heat tape for ice dam prevention in the world. No one can beat our pricing, service and quality.
Our unique partnership with Radiant Solutions Company allows us to Install the best heat tape with the industry’s best warranty, at the best prices.
Architectural Ice Dam Prevention
The Ice Dam Company, in conjunction with our sister company Kuhl’s Contracting, is engaged in ice dam prevention projects by clients all over the United States. The Architectural Solutions approach, albeit more expensive than heat tape, is aimed at addressing the underlying causes of ice dams. We address issues with home performance that cause ice dams, including insulation, ventilation, thermal inefficiencies, roofing and home design flaws using our own in-house experts. We do this work day in and day out.
If you have done your homework you know that ice dams are the result of an interaction of many variables including insulation, ventilation and heat bypasses. The Ice Dam Company is the only large scale ice dam removal and prevention company in the United States that marries the technical abilities of an award winning diagnostic and construction team with an understanding of ice dams based on having removed thousands of them from around the country.
Ice Dam Prevention
8 Things you can do to prevent Ice Dams from forming on your home
We described how to prevent ice damage to your home once an ice dam has formed. Perhaps a better question is what steps to take for ice dam prevention in the first place. There are many things you can do to help with ice dam prevention.
Here are specific strategies for minimizing the likelihood of ice dams on your home:
- Have the snow removed from your roof, in particular if you start to see icicles forming. The cost of doing this work a few times a winter pales in comparison to the cost of dealing with water damage.
- Check the attic or rafter space for adequate insulation. One of our qualified insulation consultants can provide this service for you. Just call for an appointment. Proper insulation is a major ally in ice dam prevention.
- Make certain your roof system has good ventilation for appropriate ice dam prevention. Proper ventilation will allow for the movement of air through the roof system (i.e., the attic and rafter spaces). This reduces the amount of warm air that builds up in the attic or rafter spaces and thus reduces the melting snow that causes ice dams.
- Make sure all penetrations through your ceiling are sealed and insulated. Bath fans, plumbing vents and recessed ceiling cans are some of the biggest culprits in allowing warm air to get into the attic. Think of it this way. If you were to pressurize your home with hot air, imagine all of the areas that air would want to escape into the attic. For optimal ice dam prevention, seal and insulate them all.
- Add heat tape to the lower few feet of roof in areas where ice dams keep occurring from year to year. It’s best to address insulation and ventilation before making this move because no amount of heat tape will compensate for poor ice dam prevention in those categories.
- If you have recessed lights in your ceiling below an unheated space such as an attic or a truss cavity, try to minimize their use. Likewise, avoid turning on your any recessed lights in the exterior soffits of your home (if present). Recessed lights generate a tremendous amount of heat and are seldom insulated and sealed properly. The net result is heat escaping into spaces where heat should not be during the winter. Additionally, replacing heat-generating incandescent and halogen bulbs with compact florescent or LED bulbs is an easy way to reduce the amount of unwanted heat in your attic or truss cavities.
- If you have rooms with vaulted ceilings try to keep them a bit cooler than the rest of the home if possible, in particular if these spaces are seldom used. A basic ice dam prevention technique is to close off the heating supplies and returns to the extent that you are comfortable in areas associated with past ice dams.
- Install heat tape. Heat tape, otherwise known as heat cable or roof de-icing cable, is a relatively affordable solution to ice dams when compared to architectural solutions such as insulation. There are certain circumstances when heat tape makes the most sense.