Helmet Heat®: The Effective & Economical Solution to Ice Damming

How to stop ice dams on roofIn winter, you may see heat cables for roofs while strolling through the home improvement store or hear about them on the TV or radio. There are many terms used to describe this type of product: heat tracing cables, roof deicing cables, heat tape, gutter heating cables, self-regulating cables and many more. When installed properly, these devices can minimize the likelihood that an ice dam will form along the roofline, allowing water to build up behind it and cause leaks.

The source of ice damming isn’t actually a problem with the roof or gutters. Most often the warm air that causes snow to melt on a roof is the result of not enough attic insulation, poor attic ventilation, gaps that allow heat to escape into the attic space, or a combination of these issues. To permanently stop ice damming, you will need to take steps to deal with its root causes. However, for some people, it is far too expensive or invasive to air seal, insulate and ventilate the attic space of their home. In this situation, gutter heating systems are an effective and economical solution that will minimize the conditions necessary for ice dams to form and prevent damage to the home.

The Gutter Helmet® system gives you a two-step method to keep ice damming at bay. It starts with Gutter Helmet’s patented nose-forward design that allows water to flow naturally into the gutter system while keeping out the leaves and debris that clog gutters and contribute to the formation of ice dams. Helmet Heat® is the companion to Gutter Helmet®. It’s a self-regulating deicing cable that fits inside the Gutter Helmet® patented bracket system and gently warms the Gutter Helmet® panels to stop snow and ice from accumulating along the eaves, gutters and in the downspouts. With Helmet Heat®, snow is melted before it hits the edge of your roof and flows easily through your unobstructed rain gutters and downspouts.

For more information about heated gutters, contact Gutter Helmet® today at (866) 547-7352 to find the nearest dealer that installs Helmet Heat®. Our certified crews can help you stay protected from ice build-up in your roof and gutters year-round.

Gutters 101: Everything You Need To Know

seamlessguttersYou know you’ve got to get some roof gutters up, but you’re not sure what you need to do. Don’t worry: we’ve got a complete overview of roof gutter solutions, from figuring out how to install gutters, how material much you need, and how to keep it clean when it’s up. Read more »

The Ultimate Gutter Shield: Tips to Protect Your Gutters from Leaves & Muck

Gutters get dirty. That’s inevitable. But there are steps you can take to keep them as clean as possible. This not only extends the life of your gutters, it keeps you from constantly going up and down that dangerous ladder for routine cleanings. The best medicine is always preventative medicine, so here’s a handy checklist to keep your gutters clear. Read more »

How to Hang Christmas Lights When You Have Gutter Helmet®

Christmas lights on gutters

Gutter Helmet® offers numerous benefits for today’s homeowner, but there is one time when it may cause a dilemma: the holidays. If part of your Christmas celebration includes decorating the exterior of your home with lights, your gutter guard installation may interfere with hanging certain types of light clips on the gutters. The good news is there are a few solutions we can recommend to resolve this problem. Read more »

Send Your Gutter Runoff Underground with a French Drain

Controlling and directing all of your home’s rain gutter system runoff can be quite a challenge. Your installer must be meticulous in planning and constructing a system that completely surrounds the sloped portion of your roof. Then, he must route these gutters to their respective downspouts. But if the rainwater winds up pooling in a flowerbed, puddling on your lawn or splashing near your foundation, all of that painstaking effort will be wasted.

There is one solution that maybe you haven’t considered: sending the runoff underground. Read more »

4 Smart Reasons to Hire a Professional Gutter Cleaner

Why hire a professional gutter cleanerGutter cleaning is a necessary step in good home maintenance. Free-flowing gutters make sure that your home is able to handle large amounts of water and direct it away before that water can cause damage to the exterior, foundation or surrounding landscaping. Regularly cleaning the gutter system also prevents clogs in the downspouts, which can lead to backed-up gutters and the growth of algae. For the best results, contract with a professional gutter cleaning service to care for your gutter and downspout system. Here’s why. Read more »

Be Ready for Snow & Ice with Helmet Heat®

How to stop ice dams on roofHelmet Heat® is a unique product that has improved the lives of countless homeowners since it was first introduced to the market. When used in combination with the Gutter Helmet® gutter shield system, Helmet Heat® stops the formation of dangerous ice dams, icicles and snowpack in gutters. By continuously warming eaves, Helmet Heat® can prevent serious hazards such as roof damage, falling ice, slippery steps and walkways, and other safety dangers that occur when the weather turns frigid. Helmet Heat® also helps to prevent potential injuries that may happen when homeowners climb a ladder to clear icicles from eaves. Read more »