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How Much Does It Cost To Install Roof Heating Cable Or Heat Tape?

Typical Range: $444 - $1,246

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Expect to pay from $444 and $1,246 on average to install a heating cable on your roof or gutters. The price changes depending on the size and accessibility of your roof. You may pay more for a thermostat controlled system than a manual one. Heat tape, heat trace cable, de-icing cables and heat wire are variations of long, insulated product that melts ice from your roof. Pricing is similar among these products.

On This Page:

  1. Install a Heating Cable Calculator
  2. Heat Tape Cost
    1. Self-Regulating vs. Manual Tape
  3. De-Icing Cable Installation Cost
  4. Heated Gutter Cost
  5. When to Install Heat Wire
  6. FAQ

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Typical Range
$444 - $1,246
Low End - High End
$185 - $2,000

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Heat Tape Cost

De-icing cables cost anywhere from $1 to $6 per square foot. Self-regulating heat trace costs more than basic, manual options. The biggest factor in determining the price of your heat cable is the size of your roof. The larger your roof, the longer the cable required and the higher the price.

Self-Regulating vs. Manual Cable

Self-regulating heat tape adjusts its own heat output based on the outdoor temperature. Manual or constant wattage cable emits the same amount of heat no matter the external temperature. You can use a thermostat to adjust both kinds of heated tape.

A heat cable is a reasonably simple device so there are not huge differences in types or brands, however, some heat cables run on a thermostat. If you prefer a thermostat controlled system, it will cost more than a manually controlled system. Ask your installation professional if a thermostat controlled system is right for you.

Heat Tape Installation Cost

Heat wire costs between $12 and $20 per foot to install. This cost varies depending on the difficulty of the project. Steep roofs or difficult-to-access areas can bump up the price of installation. The cost to install a thermostat controlled system is higher than a manually controlled system. Most roofing installers can complete a job within a day or two.

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Heated Gutters Cost

A heated gutter system can cost anywhere from $430 to $4,000, depending on your home. Installing heated cable in existing gutters is less expensive than building brand new gutters with heating capabilities.

When to Install Heat Tape

De-icing tape warms up snowy, icy roofs to melt accumulation. This process prevents ice dams but it has some pitfalls, such as:

  • Heat tape may increase your energy bill by $40 to $70 per month.
  • You must remember to turn it on and off as needed.
  • It can be a fire hazard if installed incorrectly.
  • Lifespan varies by product.

Instead, a pro can add insulation to your roof or improve ventilation to prevent ice buildup. But when traditional methods fail, heat tape is an option. A local home energy auditor or local roofer can help tell you the best ice-removal or prevention option for your home.

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FAQ

Does heat tape use a lot of electricity?

Using heat tape will cause an increase on your electric bill each month. You can expect to pay an additional $40 to $70 per month on average. Make sure to turn the cables off in the summer when they’re not needed.

Do heated gutters prevent ice dams?

Heated gutters are designed to melt ice and help to prevent ice dams. Homeowners should be aware that melted ice can refreeze and cause buildup if not completely drained away from your home.

Can you put heat tape in gutters?

You can install heat tape on top of the brackets inside of a gutter. Talk to a professional to find the best place to install this product at your home.  

How do you install heat tape on a roof?

Heat tape installation varies depending on the roof. Many pros install the cable in a zig zag along the bottom edge of the roof, attaching the cable to shingles using clips.

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