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How do Gutter Heating Tapes, Caps, and Cable Systems Work?

By November 17, 2014No Comments

The gutter plays an important role in protecting your roofing system as it drains rainwater off your roof, but it can get clogged by accumulated snow during winter. Considering its importance, you should always keep it in proper working condition by keeping it warm using heating tapes, caps, and cable systems.

Here’s a quick look at the different kinds of gutter protection systems in Albany that you can use:

Gutter heating tape:

Commonly installed along the edges of a roof this is a powerful tool against accumulation of ice and snow on your roof that can obstruct the drainage and cause roof leaks.

Heating tape is available in rolls, which can be spun around a cable that runs along the edges of a roof. Heating tapes get their power from an easily accessible control box, where it can also be manually activated. To avoid consuming too much energy, heating tapes are usually designed to start working when the temperature drops below 40°F.

Gutter cable system:

Gutter cables work almost the same as heating tape, except there’s no need to wind them around a separate cable. They are also controlled and powered by a control box, but can also be set to activate at specific times of the day.

Gutter heating cap:

Heater caps can be best described as gutter guards with built in heating cables. Aside from preventing snow from building up on the gutter, a heating cap also keeps other types of debris such as leaves and twigs from getting inside and clogging the spout.

Some heating caps are operated manually, but there are also those connected to temperature sensors to make them activate automatically if it gets cold enough.

Gutter heaters are a big help in protecting your roof during the chilly months. To help you choose the right option for your home, contact our professional contractors of gutter protection in Albany at Huff ‘N Puff. Our company is the sole distributor of Gutter Helmet® in Albany, Saratoga Springs, Schenectady, and Rensselear. We’ll help provide your home with defense against the harsh elements of the cold season.

Feel free to call us at 800-824-3772 and our dedicated staff will be glad to assist you with your needs.