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Extreme weather conditions are prevalent in every region, and Canada is no exception. During the long winter season, homeowners face unique challenges caused by ice and snow. One common problem is the formation of ice dams and icicles along the roof. Although the specific causes may vary for each roof, heat trace cable systems provide an effective solution to combat these issues. Protect your home and maintain the resilience of your roof with the use of efficient heat trace cable systems.

When it comes to Kovar Roofing, our commitment lies in utilizing top-notch Paladin® Heat Trace cable systems in Ottawa and the surrounding area, exclusively provided by Heat-Line®. Their cables are intelligently regulated by a thermostat, activating only when necessary. Rest assured, all installations conducted by our proficient team at Kovar Roofing come with a 5-year manufacturer’s warranty against product defects, with the option to extend to an impressive 10 years.

Methods to Prevent Ice Damming in Ottawa

When residences experience issues with ice damming and icicles, there are typically three primary causes. Either your household is encountering insulation deficiencies in the attic area, or the root of the problem lies in inadequate attic ventilation.

When heat escapes from your house into the attic, it leads to the melting of snow on the roof. Subsequently, this melted snow refreezes at the overhangs, where soffits are seen from ground level. Gradually, this process accumulates and results in the formation of ice dams and icicles throughout the winter season. It is important to note that both ice damming and icicles pose serious risks to you and your family, particularly when the weather begins to warm up and the ice starts to thaw, causing heavy icicles to fall. Additionally, ice damming can potentially lead to significant leakage problems in your home, as shingled roofs are designed to shed water and are not a completely waterproof system.

Looking for a solution to prevent the formation of ice dams and icicles on your roof? Here are three effective ways to tackle this problem efficiently:

Upgrading your Insulation

Enhance your home’s energy efficiency by installing attic insulation to minimize heat loss. Get a complimentary quote for upgrading your attic insulation here.

Enhance Airflow

Enhance the airflow within your space by incorporating ventilation solutions, such as installing a roof exhaust vent to efficiently expel excess heat.

Improve Ventilation

Achieve optimal airflow into the attic through the soffits. This can be challenging, depending on the home’s construction.

In many cases, attaining proper insulation and ventilation in certain roof layouts and designs is frequently hindered by exorbitant costs or insurmountable challenges. That’s precisely where the installation of heat trace cables emerges as the optimal choice.

Understanding How Heat Trace Cables Function

A heat wire is strategically installed along the designated area that necessitates heating. This could be along an exposed pipe at risk of freezing or even along the roof eaves, serving as a preventive measure against ice damming and icicles.

The heat wiring is connected to an energy source, serving its purpose by producing warmth. This generated heat is then transferred to the designated surface in need of heating, such as a downspout, gutter or roof eave.

The temperature is then regulated along the heat-line to ensure optimal conditions for the heating wires, enabling precise adjustments to reach melting temperatures exactly where needed. Experience enhanced temperature control for efficient and targeted heating applications.

Heat trace cables, like any electrical system, possess a specific lifespan influenced by usage and upkeep. Typically, the longevity of heat tracing cable systems ranges from 5 to 10 years before performance degradation becomes noticeable.

However, there are specific techniques to extend the duration of optimal performance for your heat tracing cable system. One effective approach involves ensuring proper installation to prevent heat loss around flanges, valves, or other components. At Kovar Roofing, we provide a comprehensive 2-year workmanship warranty on all our Heat Line heat trace cables.

Optimal utilization is another key factor. Ensure they remain inactive unless necessary, and that they function at the appropriate temperature level. For instance, refrain from activation unless there is a definitive need to melt accumulated snow. This practice not only ensures proper usage but also enhances efficiency and minimizes energy consumption.

For added convenience, Kovar offers the option of installing a Duty-Cycle Timer® to regulate the operation of the cable. For instance, if the external temperatures are -10 Celsius and the roof is free from snow or ice, it would be unnecessary for the cables to run continuously. In such cases, you can choose to disconnect the cable or use a Duty-Cycle Timer® to interrupt the power supply. This feature provides an effective and energy-efficient solution for managing cable usage in various weather condition.

For any inquiries or further details on effectively preserving the lifespan of your heating cables, feel free to reach out to the knowledgeable team at Kovar Roofing. Our dedicated and skilled staff is always eager to assist you in maximizing the efficiency of your heating cables.

When considering solutions for your household, it is important to evaluate the pros and cons of heating cables. Prior to installing a heat tracing cable in your home, make sure to acquaint yourself with these factors and explore alternative options. It is crucial to conduct thorough research and consider multiple choices before making a final decision.

As previously stated, heating cables present an excellent alternative for addressing ice damming issues in cases where enhancing ventilation or insulation proves impractical. The installation process is fast and efficient. Nevertheless, it’s crucial to note that heat tracing cable installation entails a few drawbacks. Notably, it may lead to heightened winter electricity consumption, although the extent thereof is contingent upon the severity of the season. To mitigate this concern, consider consulting us about implementing a Duty Cycle timer for your cable. For more information, feel free to reach out to us.

Additionally, the installation of a heat tracing cable may lack aesthetic appeal, especially when considering the specific areas of application. Moreover, it is crucial to acknowledge that these cables have a limited lifespan, typically performing optimally for only 5-10 years. However, relying solely on this solution fails to address the root cause of inadequate ventilation and insulation. Consequently, adopting this approach as a long-term fix might result in substantial financial implications over an extended duration.

For detailed insights on heating cables and their applications, or if you require any clarifications, do not hesitate to reach out to our experts at Kovar Roofing.

Satisfaction Guaranteed

Why Choose Kovar Roofing Ottawa?

When dealing with contractors, you want to have a certain level of assurance that the work they do matches a certain standard. Any self-respecting contractor that believes in the quality of their work will understand that and provide warranties and other assurances. That is why Kovar Roofing has the warranties, certifications, and customer recommendations to back up every project we complete:

Workmanship Warranty

all projects completed by our team come with a minimum written, 10-year workmanship warranty

Quality Guarantee

We carry a number of warranties and certifications. For more information on those please see the Certifications tab

Leading Manufacturers

We only use the highest quality roofing materials by leading industry manufacturers

No Upfront Payments

We don’t ask for any upfront payments. We believe that our job is only done when you are satisfied with the work.

Trained and Certified

Every member of our crew has attended our own Kovar Contracting’s Safety Policy Workshop which includes training on working at heights, WHMIS, fall protection, and other safety training


We offer up to $5,000,000 in liability coverage, and all workers are covered by the Work Safety and Insurance Board (WSIB).

Highly Recommended

It is obvious that we believe in our work and only natural for you to look for impressions by other customers. There are numerous private third-party sides with testimonials of our customers. Two examples are Homestars and Google.

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Quality Workmanship Guaranteed

At Kovar Roofing, we are committed to delivering seamless, comprehensive solutions backed by exceptional workmanship warranties. Rest assured, our renowned reputation and trust among Ottawa homeowners since 2008 speak volumes. We take immense pride in our work and have full confidence in its quality, which is why upfront payments are not required.

Our success lies not only in our exceptional craftsmanship but also in our collaboration with industry-leading Canadian manufacturers, who provide us with high-quality components. The perfect blend of superior components and impeccable workmanship is the secret behind our success.

Our third key factor contributing to our success is our dedicated and harmonious team. We deeply appreciate the opportunity to serve you and understand that we are entrusted with entering your personal space. Rest assured that you are always in charge within your own home. Should you have any specific requirements, please don’t hesitate to inform us. We guarantee to uphold the highest level of respect for your property and neighbours, ensuring absolute privacy.

As highly skilled and experienced experts in our field, we take full responsibility and ensure comprehensive protection. Rest assured, we take full responsibility for any unforeseen circumstances that may arise. This is why we provide WSIB (Work Safety and Insurance Board) protection for all our employees, alongside liability insurance coverage amounting to $5,000,000.

If you have any inquiries regarding our insurance coverage or wish to verify its validity, please don’t hesitate to reach out! We are more than happy to give you all the necessary information, ensuring your confidence in our team of accredited and reliable experts.

Get A Free Quote!

If you have any inquiries regarding heat wire systems, our working process, or quality assurance, or if you’d like to book a consultation or inquire about pricing and availability for heat trace cable installation, feel free to get in touch with us at (613)-799-1704. Our team of knowledgeable and friendly staff is ready to assist you.