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HOW TO INSTALL DE-ICING CABLES ON A ROOF OR DRIVEWAY

The winter months can be troublesome for the roof, pipes, driveway, and walkway of your home or commercial property.  For example, on the roof of your home, snow and ice can collect around the eaves, creating ice dams that prevent water from properly draining.  This buildup of ice can damage your roof, gutters and siding.  Furthermore, snow and ice on your driveway is a hazard for pedestrians, it makes driving difficult, and removing it is time consuming.  To remedy these issues, Deelat Industrial offers a selection of high quality de-icing cables for roofs and heating cables for driveways.

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ROOFS

A de-icing cable heats up internally to raise the temperature of surrounding areas.  An inner conductor produces the heat, which is surrounded by layers of PVC insulation and coating to ensure safe operation.  The cable is capable of reaching temperatures as high as 140 degrees Fahrenheit and will work in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.  One end of the cable plugs into an outlet, and the cable is flexible enough to be wrapped around piping and used on various types of roofs.

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Begin the installation by attaching clips that will hold your cable in place to your roof shingles in a zigzag pattern.  Place these clips around the perimeter of your house so that the peaks and the troughs of the zigzag are between 18 and 24 inches apart.  When you are ready to install the cable, start by making sure that your plug is close enough to reach an exterior outlet.  (Consider dropping the plug down a downspout if it is near an outlet.)  Place the cable through the clips in a zigzag pattern, making sure that the cable loops hang over the gutter.  This configuration will help direct the flow of water off of the roof and into the gutter.

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You should also place the cable horizontally along the bottom of the gutters; if you do not, the water runoff from the roof is likely to refreeze once it hits the gutter.  Be sure to loop some of the cable into the opening of each downspout to ensure that they remain free of ice.  If your roof has valley gutters or any other structure that could trap ice, lay cable through that space as well.

When you expect snow, plug in your cables and leave them on during snowfall and long afterwards.  They will in turn, melt all of the snow and ice at the bottom of your roof, but they will create channels for water to runoff as the snow and ice melt.  If the cables are laid properly, the water will not refreeze and create ice dams.

DRIVEWAYS

Driveway heating cables are securely installed prior to the pouring of concrete or asphalt, or positioning of pavers in a driveway, sidewalk, or road.  The cable is spliced to a power supply, which is connected to a control unit.  The cables provide radiant heat to the surrounding area; it is possible for the cables to heat up to 100 degrees Fahrenheit.  Moreover, Deelat driveway heating cables are made to function in temperatures as low as -40 degrees Fahrenheit.

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Similar to roof de-icing cables, driveway heating cables should also be placed in a zigzag pattern.  The cable can be bent to fit into tight spaces in order to maximize heat radiation.

Deelat.com provides a variety of de-icing and driveway heating cables for home and commercial installation. You can choose from our broad selection of heating cables, based on length and type of material.

THE BEST TIPS TO PREPARE YOUR HOME FOR COOLER WEATHER

For most of us, Fall is about the beauty of the colorful leaves, the flavor of a pumpkin spice latte, and the fun of Halloween.  It is also a good time to prepare your home for rough conditions, as the first winter storm has a habit of sneaking up on you (unless you happen to live in one of those always-sunny states).

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Below are some handy tips to help you prepare your home for cooler weather:

STORAGE AND PROTECTION

Look into some new storage options to make sure you have somewhere to keep your outdoor items that are safe and secure.  This includes everything in your garage, shed, etc.  A color coded system of storage bins works well for sorting small things, while heavy duty wire shelving or open steel shelving will work for heavier objects.  You also need to ensure that your outdoor furniture is protected from the elements with tarps to avoid cold moisture which can freeze and cause damage.

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PREPARE YOUR GARDEN FOR SPRING

Everything you can do to help your lawn and garden survive the cold will pay dividends in the spring.  That means keeping up with regular mowing and watering of grass, and clearing fallen leaves.  Furthermore, the perennials in your garden should be trimmed with pruning shears.  Also, keep your patio areas from getting grimy and slippery by pressure washing them.

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PREPARE FOR ICY WEATHER

As Fall moves towards winter, icy mornings will become more common and you need to ensure that the weather doesn’t affect your ability to go about your daily business.  Driveway heating cables will help you do that by eliminating unwanted ice.  Moreover, de-icing cables can be used to eliminate ice on roofs to avoid ice dams and snow buildup.

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INVEST IN LIGHTING

As the nights will become darker earlier in the coming months, you may need to think about adding more illumination to your yard or outdoor pathway to give you better access after the sun goes down, and also boost your overall security. During the Fall and Winter season, outdoor lighting becomes very important.

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Deelat Industrial offers a wide selection of essential items that will prepare your home for Fall weather and cooler temperatures. We’ve got you covered with quality products at low, affordable prices. Shop with us today and save!