Blog Helmet Heat®: The Effective & Economical Solution to Ice Damming December 8, 2020March 25, 2022Jeremy KelseyHelmet Heat® In the winter, you may see heating cables for roofs while strolling through the home improvement store, or you might 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 more. When installed properly, these devices can minimize the likelihood that an ice dam will form along your roofline, causing water to build up behind it and leading to leaks. What Causes Ice Dams? The presence of ice dams doesn’t mean there’s a problem with the roof or gutters. Most often, warm air that causes snow to melt on the roof is the result of inadequate 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’ll need to take steps to deal with the root causes. However, for some homeowners, it’s far too expensive and invasive to air seal, insulate and ventilate their home’s attic space. 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. How the Gutter Helmet® System Works The Gutter Helmet system gives you a two-step method for keeping ice dams at bay. It starts with Gutter Helmet’s patented nose-forward design that allows water to flow smoothly and 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 patented Gutter Helmet bracket system and gently warms the panels to prevent snow and ice from accumulating along the eaves and in the gutters and downspouts. With Helmet Heat, the snow melts before it hits the edge of your roof and flows easily through your unobstructed rain gutters and downspouts. Request a Free Quote Today For more information about the cost of Gutter Helmet® and heated gutter systems, contact Gutter Helmet today at (800) 824-3772 to find the nearest dealer that installs Helmet Heat. Our certified crews can help protect your home from ice buildup on the roof and in your gutters year-round.