Ice formation at the roof edges is a fairly common problem during the winter, even on gutters equipped with gutter protection systems like Gutter Helmet®. If this is a persistent problem, you may need a heated gutter system. Read on as Gutter Helmet of Eastern NY offers an in-depth look at our heating system, Helmet Heat®.
How Helmet Heat Works
Helmet Heat features heating cables that run the length of the Gutter Helmet system. When activated, the cables heat the Gutter Helmet’s surface, melt the ice and let the water flow into the gutters. The heating cables are equipped with a sensor that detects outdoor temperatures. This self-regulating feature prevents the gutters from overheating and helps minimize energy consumption. As part of the Gutter Helmet system, Helmet Heat is hidden from sight, unlike other gutter heating systems with visible cables that create an eyesore and are vulnerable to accidental damage.
Why You Need Helmet Heat
Ice formation is a serious problem that could damage your gutters and roof. The increase in weight places unnecessary strain on the gutter hangers/ gutter strap, which could pull the gutters down as the ice gets heavier. Fortunately, Gutter Helmet systems do a great job of keeping the gutters clear, eliminating the chances of standing water that could otherwise freeze and weigh the gutters down. Icicles can form at the roof edge, which can cause injuries if someone is underneath when one breaks off. Also, the ice can block roofing vents on certain roofing styles.
A Note on Ice Dams
Ice dams form when the attic has insufficient insulation. Heat from the attic warms the roofing surface, melting the snow, which then flows down to the roof edge and refreezes. Repeated melt-flow-refreeze cycles result in ice dams. Helmet Heat helps prevent ice dams from refreezing at the roof edge, but you should still take steps in addressing your attic insulation issues. Not only will doing so prevent ice dams from forming in the first place, but it also helps keep your roof in better shape all year round.