Roof de-icing saves northern homes from costly damage

| by Monica Irgens
Roof de-icing saves northern homes from costly damage

If you live north of that intangible line where the winter months change from chilly to extremely cold you know what ice buildup on roofs is all about. Ice dams are formed by a couple of common elements in cold climates: snow and heat loss. When snow accumulates on roofs it melts from heat loss through the roofing. When temperatures cool, the water freezes, expanding and pushing its way under shingles. It not only damages the roofing material, it creates leaks which then allow water to  go through the interior ceilings at many points as gravity navigates it down roof trusses and ceiling joists. Water damage to walls, ceilings and flooring can eventually create an environment for mold. Another dangerous aspect of ice dams are the long, heavy icicles that are created from the melting snow. They can destroy rain gutters and cause serious injury or death when they fall off the roof.

Two patented, low-voltage products by STEP Warmfloor eliminate the damage caused by ice buildup: STEP Roof De-Icing™ and STEP Gutter De-Icing™. STEP Roof De-Icing comes in 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 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

Topics: Heating & Cooling, 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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