Put ice dam build-up at bay with low-voltage radiant heat

| by Monica Irgens
Put ice dam build-up at bay with low-voltage radiant heat

Residents in the northern half of the United States often see significant ice build-up on their roof’s edges in the winter months.  These ice dams are created by two basic elements: snow and heat. Snow that accumulates on the roof will melt due to heat loss from the home due to inadequate insulation.  Solar energy also prompts melting.  As the day’s temperature cools the water created from the melted snow freezes, pushing under roofing.  Each day it melts the problem worsens, compiling ice in to dramatic ice dams which then create huge icicles from the roof’s edge.   

Eventually, water can enter the house causing ceiling, wall and floor damage while prompting mold growth.  Outside, icicles can damage rain gutters with their weight while posing serious safety hazards when they fall.

STEP® Roof Deicing is a heating solution to prevent snow buildup and ice damming on roofs, valleys, eaves, and gutters.  It comes in 6”, 9” or 12” wide flat mats designed to be installed under all types of roofing material from shingles to metal.  Delivered in a roll, the mats can be cut to size and field wired on site for easy installation.

STEP® Gutter De-Icing is often an effective companion product.  It is a low-voltage 3” wide gutter heater designed to solve problems with snow buildup, ice damming and icicles.  It is used in downspouts to drain water that would otherwise freeze in gutters.

Both products come with a ten full warranty.  For more information on these products visit www.warmfloor.com (it is a limited warranty)

Electro Plastics, Inc. dba STEP Warmfloor® is a US manufacturer of electric radiant underfloor heating, roof de-icing and snow melt systems. The company's headquarters is located in Saint Louis, Missouri, U.S.A. This 35,000 square foot LEED registered building is a "living laboratory" as proof of the comfort properties and energy efficiency of STEP Warmfloor®.

For more information visit www.electroplastics.com.

Topics: Radiant Heat, Roofing

Companies: STEP Warmfloor

Monica Irgens

Monica is President of Electro Plastics, Inc., manufacturer of STEP Warmfloor® heating systems: a patented, low-voltage, self-regulating flat and thin heater. Monica has been in the radiant heating industry for over 20 years. She was member of the Radiant Panel Association for 15 years, served on the RPA Board of Directors as chairperson of the Electric Committee and the Green Committee. Monica is also a member of the USGBC and has been involved in the design of LEED registered buildings.

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