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Pros and Cons of Heat Tape & Other Ice Dam Prevention Methods

Posted by Joey Haack on Jan 13, 2020 3:00:00 PM

It’s happening. What started off as a few sparse icicles around the perimeter of your roof has now developed into a full-fledged safety risk for you and your home: ice dams. You still have time to prevent ice damming before major damage is done. A complete remodel of your attic, major roof repairs, and insulation replacement may be out of the question for you. So what are your options?

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

Tips for Installing Heat Tape on Your Roof

Posted by Joey Haack on Nov 30, 2019 9:45:00 AM

Heat tape, or heat cable, is insulated electrical wire that raises the temperature of rooftops, gutters, downspouts, and pipes to prevent ice buildup during the winter. Heat tape is installed in areas prone to developing ice dams, which can wreak havoc on your home and pose a dangerous threat to anyone standing or walking nearby. 

If your home has had an ice dam problem in the past, heat tape may be an affordable and effective solution to minimize ice buildup. Here are some tips to help you safely install heat tape on your roof and in your gutters and downspouts. 

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

Tips for Using Heat Tape in the Winter

Posted by Joey Haack on Feb 12, 2019 2:20:00 PM

Heat tape is an effective way to keep water from freezing in your pipes and on your roof. If you haven’t used heat tape before, here are a few quick tips to get you started. Remember, your local roofing professional can install tape for you! 

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Topics: roofing, plumbing, gutters, ice dam prevention

Should I Install Snow Retention on My Roof?

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 17, 2018 3:04:00 PM

Winter is upon us, and so is the snow! If you live in an area with heavy winter storms, it’s time to consider home safety measures to prevent snow and ice-related injury and property damage this season. One effective way to protect your home and family is with a snow retention system

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Topics: roofing, ice dam prevention

What is Heat Tape and Why is it Important to Have on My Roof?

Posted by Joey Haack on Dec 12, 2018 2:35:00 PM


Snowflakes, and icicles, and blizzards—oh my! Winter has arrived, and with it come a number of problems for you and your home. Ice buildup—one of winter’s worst offenders—can cause significant damage to your home and threaten your family’s safety. Learn why heat tape is an important tool to have as you combat ice buildup on your roof this winter. 

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Topics: heating and cooling, ice dam prevention