Winter weather can be detrimental to the roofing on your home. Large amounts of snow can accumulate on your roof, weighing it down. Ice can form on your roof, causing ice dams. And large amounts of rain can seep into small cracks in your roofing, leading to water damage and leaks in your commercial building. While you cannot do anything to control the weather, you can install heating cables to minimize damage to your roof during the winter months. Here is some more information about heating cables.
What Are Heating Cables?
Heating cables, also called roofing cables, are electric cables that produce heat and warmth. When the cables are connected to a power source, they heat up. This can cause snow to melt on your roof and prevents ice from forming. The cables are designed to withstand outdoor elements, including extreme temperatures, water and exposure to sunlight.
What Are the Benefits of Heating Cables?
The biggest benefit to using heating cables on your roof is that it helps to extend the life of your roof. Snow and ice can be heavy on your roof. They can lead to cracks developing in the roof, which ultimately allows water to seep in. Once water begins to seep in, the water can damage your roof sheathing and decking, before it begins to leak into your building, causing damage to your ceilings, walls and electric cables.
How Are Heating Cables Installed?
Heating cables can be installed in two different ways. If you are having a new roof installed, heating cables can be installed underneath your roofing materials. For example, the cable can be laid and then asphalt shingles can be placed over the cable, helping to disguise it. When turned on, the heating cable heats the shingle from below, allowing snow and ice to melt.
The other option is to lay cables directly on your existing roof. This method is perfect for those who have a roof in good condition that they do not want to remove or replace at the time. Unfortunately though, the cables are visible and can take away from curb appeal. The cables are laid directly on top of your existing roofing materials. When turned on, the cables heat up, melting snow and ice that is directly on top of the cables.
If you live in an area where temperatures frequently dip below freezing, heating cables may be beneficial for your roof. Contact a commercial roofing company today to learn more about the various types of heating cables and to get an estimate to have them installed on your commercial building.