Have you heard about eave shields and heat tapes? These two roofing solutions offered by roof replacement companies can help you save a lot by making roof repair easier. Here’s a brief introduction to both products and how they can help protect your roof.
Also known as water and ice shields, eave shields are mainly designed to keep water or snow from penetrating the eaves (the part of the roofing system that extends beyond the structure. Eave shields are usually made of a nonporous strip of metal or waterproof polymer, providing an extra layer of moisture protection on top of the underlayment.
Choosing Your Eave Shields
Choosing between sheet metal or eave shield rolls greatly depends on your budget and your home’s overall design. Sheet metal shields are cheaper, but work mostly for metal roofs. On the other hand, eave shield rolls require more time to install, although this option works for a wider variety of roof styles. Regardless of your choice, either option will do a great job if properly installed by a professional, so start searching for a “roofing contractor near me” today!
Heat tapes are basically heated wires that run along the edges of the roof and work by being plugged into the nearest power outlet. Most heat tapes available today can be permanently plugged in because they have a built-in switch for easier activation. Heat tapes are secured to the roof by bolt-on fasteners and can also be used to wrap around pipes and gutter downspouts.
How Heat Tapes Work
Heat tapes are installed along the edges of the roof – the lowest point of the roofing system. Roof leak repair experts say that most cases of ice dam formation happen along this area of the roof because snowmelt naturally flows down and freezes as it reaches the uninsulated roof eaves. Heat Tapes prevent snow from accumulating or the snow melt from freezing, allowing it to safely go down the drain, where it belongs.
Invest in these products and keep your home safe from moisture damage all year round. Innovative Roofing and Siding is your best source of roofing products in Knoxville, TN and other areas. Contact us at (865) 444-6070 or fill out this online contact form to request a free quote.