Installing WarmlyYours Roof and Gutter De-icing System on a Slate Roof with A Concord Carpenter



Rob Robillard, of, is an expert installer of snow and ice melting cable systems that utilize electric heat to keep roof surfaces clear. Watch as Robillard takes us through how to install an electric roof and gutter de-icing system on a slate roof. By following his instructions, you can install your roof snow and ice melting cable system in no time.

Video Transcript

I'm Rob Robillard from, and today we're going to be installing WarmlyYours roof snow and ice melting cables. These are the cables here that used specifically for snow and ice melting products. We're going to be installing it in a problematic area on this house where there are ice dams and as a result was some interior leaking and damage, water damage. So what we've decided to do is. Below this deck is a basement entry area with full access to electrical panel and stuff like that, and there's also an entryway. This downspout here goes down to a dry well. We're going to do is we're going to run our snowmelt cables down through the downspout and into a and come out into an electrical weatherproof box mounted to the house under the deck. So it's out of public view. And that way we don't have any cables, a conduit showing. And we also don't have to fish and break through the walls of the inside. That's what we're going to do. going to start to fish our wires down to the cable, come out to an electrical box. I'll show you that later. And then we're going to start to lay our sawtooth pattern on the roof. Let's get started. 

 OK, we're up on the roof here, and I'm just showing you how I installed, I came up through the downspout here, right here with the gutter cable. And I ran these aluminum clips with the special adhesive tape in the gutter. And I did it about every eight feet. And we're in all the way down. And what we're going to do next is we're going to install the tape on the roof. But I wanted to show you this right here. I don't know if you can see this. Those marks those marks were made by a hammer claw. In fact, if you look closely right here, the hammer cloth, that's perfect. And some knucklehead was up here chipping ice on a slate roof to get rid of ICE dams instead of doing it properly. So what we're going to do now is we're going to install these copper, these copper straps underneath underneath the roof. And what we've all these slate shingles have nails up here. And we're going to slide up and we get a hook onto the nails with these slots that are on top of this. And that's how we're going to install our cable. Our cable will install in these clamps. I'm going to show you how to that in 1 minute. 

OK, now, coming down the dormer, we had these clips right here. And then we would go down and we start doing a zigzag pattern and then we run ourselves into the gutter and we actually put some of these clips into the gutter, the copper gutter, just to keep everything secure. And then it follows down this drain pipe to the bottom of the deck where we have the external weatherproof junction box where the power runs and it runs all the way down the gutter and then up above on this dormer here you can see we've got the tape scraping over the side. We use these eye hooks and I'll show you what I mean, right here. We use these eye hooks to actually get the tape over the edge and hanging into the gutter here. This is on top of the dormer. It's actually these shingles. It's not shingles. It's actually like an asphalt roll roof. And it actually needs to be redone. It should be done in rubber. But for now, we're going to make it through this winter with these tapes and probably end up putting rubber up here and then reapply and then he tapes. But this zigzag pattern actually runs about 4 and half, five feet up to the slate all the way up past this vent pipe, and we originally were only going to go 3 feet. We decided to just do the whole slope and we'll just make up the difference. As far as overhanging, we decided to use a mechanical fastener as well, we used an eye hook just to catch it over the edge to create that grip edge. We just finished installing the WarmlyYours system on the roof. All the tapes are installed. It's all secured. The leads run down the downspout here down below the deck. And we hid those wires below because that's what we're going to put our exterior. Weatherproof junction box. The electrician is coming tomorrow. He's going to power that box up. He's going to make the connections for the heat tapes to that junction box. And then we're going to install the aerial mounted snow sensor and the thermostat, which the two of them in tandem, provide feedback to that controler that we showed you, telling the system when to turn on, when to turn off, the Smart system. It doesn't use a lot of electricity. It's only using the electricity during the event or when the melting occurs. In comparison, when you buy those cheaper heat tapes that you just plug-in and it's got a built in thermostat. Those things are on when the temperature gets low and they stay on. And as a result, they subsequently burn out and they use a ton of energy. This system does not. It's only using the energy when needed. I was really impressed with it. It's a high quality system. The materials are high quality, the components are high quality. The service I got from WarmlyYours was great as well. From start to finish, they helped me design this system. I provided them photographs and drawings. They laid it all out for me. And because it's a slate roof, it's a problematic installation. They provided these copper clips which slide under the slate roof and attached to the slate nails and give you a mechanical connection, a secure connection to mount the tapes to really nice and like I said, attention to detail all the way. I would recommend this. I've got some familiar already with one of your systems. I've installed a very similar system in a sidewalk melt system, snow melt system, and it's the same components. We're just doing it on the roof now. The cables different, but it's the same components. I highly recommend it. It's a system that's going to last a long time. If you're just re-roofing and you have ice dam problems and you install it when you put your new roof on, it's going to last the roof. If you have a slate roof like this and slate roofs are designed to last 100 plus years. This is the system you want. It's commercial grade. It's going to last. It's a smart system and it doesn't waste electricity when not needed. 

 I'm Rob Robillard. You're at, and we just installed a roof, ice and snow melt system by WarmlyYours Take care.

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