Do gutter heating cables really work? Frank Heneghan of CT Gutter explains the pros and cons of installing and maintaining gutter heating cables.
With the August heat hitting us in full-force, winter may seem like a long way away, but now is the time to prepare for the ice and heavy snow ahead. Some people are still patching up their gutters from ice dam damage while other homeowners are planning ahead and looking for ways to prevent the build-up of ice in their gutters this coming winter.
One method many consider when faced with troublesome ice dams is whether to use gutter heating cables. Are they worth the investment and do they actually work? Frank Heneghan, owner of CT Gutters & Exteriors, discusses the benefits and drawbacks of gutter heating cables in the video below.
“We’ve had maybe five crazy winters over the past decade,” said Heneghan, “Crazy winters—epic snowfall we have never seen before.” If your gutters have suffered from ice dams in years past, heating cables may help the situation, but some drawbacks are they do require work and extra energy costs. “Heating cables are an imperfect solution,” said Heneghan.
Along with the extra liability for running wire filled with electrical currents to your roof or gutters, gutter heating cables also need regular maintenance and only work in certain situations. If you turn the system on too late and ice has already built up, the wires are often unable to heat up enough to melt the surrounding ice block. In order to work effectively, a normal gutter heating cable should be turned on preemptively or homeowners can buy a commercial-grade, high-powered, automated sensor that can detect cold and wet environments and activate the gutter heating when needed. Unfortunately these sensors use up a lot of energy which can increase your utility costs.
Heneghan also warns against using the do-it-yourself heating cable systems sold at many local hardware stores. CT Gutter & Exteriors does install gutter heating cables, but Heneghan said he prefers fixing the cause, not the symptom. “People look to treat the symptoms and not the cause,” said Heneghan. He added that the cause could be poor ventilation or airflow through the roof and bad insulation. The gutter installation professionals at CT Gutter & Exteriors can easily identify the source of the problem and treat it at its root, saving homeowners the repeated frustration of heating cable maintenance.
For gutter installation, cleaning, and maintenance, look no further than CT Gutter & Exteriors. Call us today at 203-878-2411 or visit us online to get a quote.