Installing the right Heat tape system to your home can be crucial to prevent ice dams when weather gets below freezing. Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters, LLC installs two types of Heat Trace systems. One of the Heat Tape or Heat Trace system Bruce Andrews Seamless Gutters, LLC installs has a 10 yr. warranty, a built in thermostat and a 20 ft extension cord. The second Heat Tape system they install is a simpler version with a 1 yr. warranty, and will last through the coldest winters to help prevent damage to your home from ice dams.
This installation of Heat Trace is lined across the roof to prevent the snow from sliding down to create a mess inside your gutter System.
How Ice Dams Are Created
This picture depicts how Ice Dams are created due to Heat Loss from your roof.
Ice dams form when melting snow on a roof runs off and refreezes at the edge of a roof. This condition occurs when the snow is melted by a warm roof, creating water running between the snow and the warm roof surface, then freezing and turning to ice when it gets past the exterior wall and hits a cold unheated roof edge or gutter. As the bottom of the snow pack continues to melt, water continues to flow down the roof surface until it hits the ice, thereby creating a larger and larger ice dam.
Most people find that ice dams are created by the gutter system. This is false, Ice dams are created by heat loss from the roof, poor ventilation from soffit and fascia, and not maintaining a clean roof from snow build up.
With a professionally installed Seamless Gutter System with or without LeafLock Gutter Protection Heat Trace is essential for ice prevention and ice dams.