Preventing ice dams on sheet metal roofs

Guest User
5/1/2008
We have a sheet metal roof on the house at our camp and would like to occupy (and heat) the house through the winter, rather than close it down. The roof is only a few years old and in good condition. Drainage is direct - no gutters or downspouts. The part of the roof that needs protection is about 30 feet long and has a slope of about 3 inches in a foot. What kind (or brand) of heating element could be used to prevent ice build-up? Ice dam materials (elements) at local hardware stores are only for shingle roofs. Is there a heating tape - or type of wire element - that is effective and safe for metal roofs? How is it attached? Thank you.
Todd Miller
Classic Products, Inc.
5/10/2008
It would be the same heat tape, usually applied to the ribs using mounting brackets and screws or you could try just adhesive.
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