Do I need de-icing cables?


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Old 05-28-24, 12:57 PM
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Do I need de-icing cables?

Moved into our house about 12 years ago, and have used the cables a few times (just because they were there, not sure if I really needed to). I'm in the northeast.

House has something like this (this is just an example): https://www.runnings.com/easyheatar-...le-kit-20.html along front and of roof edge.

Current roof (colonial style house, very simple roof), has gable vents on each side, and soffit vents on back of house.

Getting a new roof soon which will have a ridge vent (along with existing vents just mentioned).

If you were me, would you keep the de-icing cables (and/or install new ones just so they are newer), or just nix them entirely as they shouldn't be necessary?

Thanks!
 
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Old 05-28-24, 05:03 PM
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Adding insulation to the attic floor will keep the heat down in the house where it belongs.
Between that and better air circulation in the attic reduces the need for ice melt cables.
 
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Old 05-29-24, 04:58 AM
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Thanks and we did get blown in insulation on the attic floor when we moved in. Given that, and the upcoming better air circulation, would you keep the cables or just get rid of them?
 
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If the house is properly insulated and the attic properly ventilated you likely will not need the heat cables. After all, most homes do not use heat cables.
 
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Gotcha and thank you very much.
 
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I would suggest that the roofing contractors install Ice and Water shield at least 6ft along the eaves and also in any valleys you have.
 
 

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