Blog Understanding the Differences Between Zigzag Heating Cables & Helmet Heat® January 19, 2021January 7, 2021Jeremy KelseyHelmet Heat® In a previous blog, we discussed the different options for keeping winter ice off your roof. We also explained why Helmet Heat® is the best of the bunch among gutter heating systems. Here’s more on this important topic for homeowners. The Downsides of Heating Cables For decades, heating cables have been the choice of many homeowners for keeping their roof and gutters free of the dangerous effects of ice dams and icicles. Heating cables are most commonly installed in a zigzag pattern along the lower edge of the roof. This installation can result in a very unsightly look. Heating cables also have to be fastened to the roof, and may not be able to melt large amounts of snow and ice. Helmet Heat is the latest innovation in heating cables that solves many of the issues that have plagued its predecessors. The Upsides of Helmet Heat® Helmet Heat is a high-density heating cable that emits more heat and is installed along the interior of the gutter and downspout system so that it heats only the gutters and Gutter Helmet® gutter cap system. The heat is contained, which means that when snow begins to melt, it will hit the warm gutters and warm gutter protection system. As a result, you only have to deal with water – not ice! You also don’t need to be concerned that heating cables will ruin the curb appeal of your home; Helmet Heat® is an invisible solution because it lies out of sight inside the gutters and downspouts. Request a Free Estimate Today Don’t waste your money on do-it-yourself heating cables sold at big-box stores. Not only are they not energy-efficient, they’re also susceptible to cracking after only a year or two. Professional-grade Helmet Heat is installed by certified gutter guard companies in your local area. Call (800) 824-3772 today to find out more about this innovative system and request a free estimate!