If you live in an area with an extreme climate, high temperatures in summer and cold temperatures with a good helping of snow in winter, the you will probably know what damage those elements can do to your home.
Snow especially can cause a problem as far as drainage is concerned because a heavy build up of snow that melts when the atmosphere heats up can put serious strain on your roof. There are ways around this though, and one of the main ways to bypass the problem is to install a roof snow melting system.
De-ice Your Home in No Time
A roof snow melting system is often comprised of pads that can be heated up from a control inside the house. The roof has to be transformed into a favourable environment for the system to be fitted because there are certain components that need to be present in order for it to work.
However, before installing a roof snow melting system, you have to decide what type you want and need to be installed.
Types Of Roof Melting Systems
There are four main types of roof snow melting system that an individual can choose from:
• Gutter melting – Heated cables can be placed in the gutters of a roof. This is primarily meant to keep gutters clear of possible build-ups of ice.
• Heat roof edges – The heated cables here are installed strategically on the edge of the roof to prevent icicles from forming.
• Heated roof – This is pretty self-explanatory. The entire roof is heated to melt snow either as it comes down or in stages whilst it is still too cold to melt the snowfall as one.
• Heated problem areas – A roof is assessed for weaknesses and heating elements are fitted where needed. Every roof has different weaknesses and must be taken on an individual basis.
Installing A Snow Melting System
There are companies that will fit a roof snow melting system for you. However, it is possible to save yourself money and fit the roof snow melting system of your choice on your own. You will need to assess your roof needs and then buy a top quality heating product to ensure that the coverage is even in the places you need it.
There is a range of tools available at hardware stores that can be used for this purpose, but the one you choose should have certain characteristics. It should be thin and very lightweight so that there is no extra pressure put on your roof.
It should also be low voltage so that fire hazards are minimal. The best ones are made of metal conductors such as bronze as they will be connected to several transition plates to hold them in place and provide them with initial heat.
When you have the materials for the roof snow melting system, you should install the control unit first. These can also be bought at hardware stores and generally have lead conductors as they are safer than other conductors. The control panel should be bought as a unit instead of being built by an inexperienced individual.
Once the control unit is in its desired spot, a reliable conductive wire should be ran to the spot where the heating plates will be laid and soldered to the plates. The heating material should be attached to the plates via staples or nails, which will double up in function to secure it to the roof.
Roof snow melting heating systems can be put into place very quickly and at little cost in relation to what they may save you when the weather takes its toll. Drainage is important in protecting your home and huge snow build-ups can severely compromise its future. This investment will give your home a longevity that it may not otherwise experience and so it is completely worth it.
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