When it’s time to prevent hazardous ice dams and icicles from forming on your roof and a roof ice melt system, there are many factors to take into consideration. It is an important decision that takes focused research.
If you want a long-term solution to your ongoing roof ice problems, here are some facts you should know before pulling the trigger with a decision.
In order to really solve your roof ice problems, it is important to know that the edges of your roof need to be heated on a continuous basis. Heating cable placed on your roof edge in a zig-zag or serpentine pattern is not able to heat a roof edge on a continuous basis! It is a flawed concept that one day will become obsolete.
Now that you know that you need to distribute continuous heat to your roof’s edge, you should also know that there are only three systems on the market that provide the continuous heat to a roof edge; (1) heated silicon mats, 2) aluminum metal tracks, and 3) HotEdge Roof Ice Melt Systems.
Heated mats cost the most, by far. They are more expensive to manufacture, install, will quickly drain your energy budget. Moreover, they require a new roof to replace! Hence, cost effective maintenance is not an option. All maintenance related requirements are another capital investment. The reason; the mats are completely buried beneath your roofing material.
Simply put, the aluminum metal track design is over engineered and outdated. The heating cable tracks within the aluminum metal extrusion are too close making them a poor design. Heating cables placed too close together interfere with maximum heat transfer needed to prevent ice build-up. Lastly, the heat transfer for aluminum metal tracks is indirect. In other words, heat from heating cables must pass through open air space to reach the metal cover plate. Because of this flaw in design, more heat cable is required to obtain minimum performance level. This makes a aluminum metal track concept woefully inefficient in terms of energy.
By all measurable standards, HotEdge is without hesitation the most practical choice when you’re looking for a high performance roof melt ice melt system. The HotEdge engineered designed systems are lower-cost, simple and energy efficient. Unlike all other alternatives available on the market, HotEdge easily retrofits to any existing roof edge and/or valley. In addition, heating cables are strategically separated to achieve maximum heat transfer. This enables the HotEdge systems to melt more using less heating cable. In short, HotEdge Roof Ice Melt System is what you and your roof deserve and need.