Roof Heating Panels

Heating Roof Edges and Valleys with Heat Cable Channeled in Attractive Aluminum Panels

Attractive roof de-icing panels feature self-regulating heat cable that is channeled into aluminum panels to provide maximum heat transfer. Typically used to retrofit existing roofs with radiant heat, the roof heating panels can be more expensive than other roof de-icing systems, but extremely effective in melting snow and ice from roof edges.

Roof heating panels installed.

The aluminum panels are powder-coated with a durable finish in a wide variety of colors to complement the aesthetics of your home. When mounted to your roof eaves and/or valleys, the roof heating systems efficiently melt ice and snow in those areas, enhancing safety and reducing the risk of winter damage caused by ice dams.

Existing metal roofs can also be retrofitted by placing the aluminum roof heating panels directly on top of the old roof. The aluminum alloy panel is in direct contact with the self-regulating heat cable at all times, so the heat is conducted efficiently throughout the panel to prevent any snow or ice build up at the edge of the roof, eliminating ice dams and dangerous icicles.

SnoFree panels with self-regulating heat trace cable.

Roof heating panels are available in a variety of sizes and finishes to add curb appeal to homes. Because the aluminum panels transfer heat so effectively, these systems keep entire areas free from snow and ice. The heat cable channeled through the panel quickly heats the metal, eliminating ice dams from developing along the roof eaves.

In addition to a variety of sizes of heating panels being available, these systems can also be installed in roof valleys to facilitate runoff. Heating panels as small as 6-inches in width are available, and typically range in size up to 48-inches in width. Roof heating panels are one of the most efficient roof de-icing systems available, and can be used with a variety of roofs, including asphalt of wood shingles, tile (or slate), and even standing seam metal roofs.

Be sure to confirm with your roof de-icing system provider that your panel heating system is compatible with your roof. The top roof heating system providers will custom design your de-icing system to best meet your layout and budget. These detailed layouts will also include all of the electrical information for your electrician, so be sure to deal with professionals who include this service. Call 888.488.9276 and consult with a roof de-icing professional to learn more about the roof heating options that are available, and which system is best suited for your specific de-icing needs and budget.

Roof Heating System Components

Heating ElementSelf-regulating roof heating cable.
The heating element features energy efficient self-regulating heat cable. The cable is routed through the channels provided within the aluminum panel to efficiently radiate heat throughout the panel and effectively melt snow and ice from the roof. Roof heating panels are durable, powder coated and available in a variety of colors. The powder coating provides an attractive, weatherproof finish for your roof that not only looks good but provides a very effective means for preventing ice dams and icicles from forming.

Activation Device (Snow Sensor)WS-8C roof heating activation device (snow sensor).
Outdoor temperature sensors are intended for use on roofs and in roof gutters, while moisture sensors and wire sensors are normally fitted inside gutters where the melted runoff collects. The actual number and placement depends on the size and nature of the particular roof heating installation. (In addition to aerial mounted snow sensors, pavement mounted sensors are also available. These are more commonly used for heated driveway systems.)

The WS-8C is a proven industry leader that features a remote sensor that can be installed in the ideal location to detect temperature and precipitation. When the snow sensor detects a specific temperature and accompanying precipitation, it automatically signals the contactor panel to activate the system. Power is then sent to the heating cables just as the storm hits, and the system then shuts off after the storm. The system is proven reliable and energy efficient, making roof deicing systems a trusted, maintenance free solution for protecting against roof and water damage, as well as enhancing safety by eliminating large icicles and falling sheets of ice.

Contactor PanelSnow melting system contactor panel.
Each roof heating system is configured differently to accommodate the specific needs of the homeowner. Contactor panels are used for radiant snow melting systems and are typically mounted in the garage. The contactor box can also be purchased with ground fault equipment protection (GFEP). Having GFEP contained within the contactor panel eliminates the need for tracking down and purchasing expensive GFEP units. This also eliminates the stress and added expense for contractors/electricians who have had to find GFEP separately for snow melting system installations in the past.

Upon receiving a signal from the activation device (such as the WS-8C), the contactor panel then sends power to the heat cable, which quickly warms the roof to prevent snow and ice buildup.

Illustration of roof heating panel with self-regulating heat cable.

Roof heating panels feature self-regulating heat cable that is installed in an attractive powder-coated aluminum panel to efficiently heat the roof edges.