Ice Dams are a HUGE problem in the Jeremy Ranch neighborhood of Park City but One Canyon Link Condo owner is Ice Free for the first time in years.
January 14, 2013
ALBANY — Ice buildup and icicles hanging from the eaves of a home may indicate an ice dam, a major cause of roof leaks and energy loss in winter.
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority says ice dams usually occur after a heavy snowfall and several days of freezing temperatures.
Warm air inside the home leaks into the attic and warms the underside of the roof, causing snow and ice on the roof to melt. The resulting water drains along the roof to the cold overhang and refreezes, forming an ice dam and icicles.
The ice dam enables the trapped water to get under the roof shingles, causing water to leak inside.
If you already have a problem, NYSERDA advises you hire an expert to solve the ice dam. Don’t climb on your roof or stand on the ground chipping away at the ice, the agency says, as these methods can cause injury.
NYSERDA gave these ice-dam prevention tips:
▶ Seal air leaks and take care of insulation and ventilation.
▶ Seal air leaks and duct air leaks in your attic to stop warm air leakage, the source of ice dam problems. After sealing leaks, add additional insulation in the attic.
▶ Provide adequate attic ventilation so the undersides of the roof and outside air are at the same temperature. Check to make sure attic insulation is not blocking roof ventilation. Incorrect ventilation can cause mold and mildew problems.
▶ Clean gutters.
▶ Hire a contractor accredited through the Building Performance Institute to conduct an in-home comprehensive energy assessment. This will recommend ways to prevent ice dams, reduce energy use, save money and improve the health and safety of your home.
A “whole house” approach can cut total energy costs by up to 40 percent, saving a homeowner up to $700 annually. NYSERDA provides financial incentives and financing options with low interest rates to help pay for energy-efficiency improvements.
IF THESE “SOLUTIONS” HAVE NOT HELPED CONTACT SOL-ICE 435-565-1423 or AskUs@Sol-Ice.com.
This beautiful Deer Valley home prevented ice dams using SubDynoMelt concealed ice dam products.
High above Jordanelle Resevior over looking the Heber Valley to the South and Deer Valley/Old Town Park City sits a beautiful home designed by Upwall Design.
The final wiring of the system was preformed by Olsen Electric a long time fixture in the Park City building trades.
The home owner is saving over $1,600 every year compared to standard Zig-Zag heat cable or extruded aluminum Roof Ice Melt or Ice Free systems.
Sol-ice Building Integrated Solutions has been manufacturing ice dam solution in Park City Utah since 2007. Our team of professionals would love to help you save energy and ELIMINATE you ice dams forever. Call us at 435-565-1423 or email AskUs@sol-ice.com.
Sol-Ice is at MetalCon 2012 in Chicago. We have our new snow stops designed to go with the S-5-N Clamp from S-5.
We also have a working model of our SubHydroMelt hydronicice dam solution.
Of course our CEO Dennis Duce is here and broight hiscustom Sol-Ice hat and shoes.
Come see us at booth 809 and learn how our products can save how customers can save money and get rid of headaches.
We have been testing our Building Integrated Solar Thermal for Weeks
our data is about to get a lot more acurate. Our strategic partner Green American Home sent us 4 Fluke 54II handheld data collectors. We set them up this afternoon with some insulation to reduce the veriables.
We have been running the system for the last few hours to heat the storage tank so we can run a Night Sky Radiation Cooling test over night.
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Hydronic Ice Dam Solutions for Historic Slate Roofing.
Sol-Ice Building Integrated Solutions is working with a team of Architects, Builders and a Utah Roofing contractor to create and energy efficient ice dam solutions to work with Historic Slate roofing. This page is dedicated to the prototype that has been built to demonstrate how well the system can work with the aesthetic requirements that are specific to historic buildings. The Sol-Ice SubHydroMelt system is completely invisible once it is installed under the slate roofing. which makes it a perfect match for the strict requirements imposed on historic buildings.
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Ice Dams Gone For This Park City Resident.Sol-Ice explains how their SubHydroMelt ™ Hydronic Ice Dam Solution works. Glenn Wright Park City Local explains why he tore off his 3 year old heat cable system and replace it with a Building Integrated Snow Melt System. Joseph Lambert from Xcellence who installed the system talk about how his team used a Navian instant hot water heater to provide the energy efficient heat to this ice dam remedy.
Glenn Wright has just replaced his unsightly and expensive heat cable with an eco friendly solution to ice dams. As a member of the Carbon Footprint group in Park City Utah he wants to make sure that everything he does reduces his personal carob foot print. Looking over his utility bills Glenn realized that his heat cable on the front of his house was using HALF of all of his winter electricity. After seeing an article in the Park Record earlier this year he decided that the Sol-Ice SubHydroMelt system would be the answer. Joseph Lambert of Xcellence was hired to install the system. After many hours of working with the city to get this new product aproved and with permit in hand Joseph and his team proceeded to remove the shingles from Glenn’s porch and installed the panels for the SubHydroMelt Hydronic ice dam solution. The Building Integrated designof this system makes it invisible in the summer because it is installed under the shingles.
This is part two of the RealGreenWorld Hydronic Ice Dam Solutions Video. This video will teach you how you can save up to 10 times the operational cost of a Heat Cable based snow melt system. No More Ice Dams is a way of life at Sol-Ice. This same Building Integrated snow Melt BISM solution was used on the Montage Deer Valley with the Heat Tape version of our system. Bylin RIM system was the specification product on The Montage the change to SubDynoMelt is saving The Montage over $90,000 a winter. The SubHydroMelt could have saved them over $200,000 per winter.
Not All Ice Dam Products Are Created Equal.
This is the most efficient solution to solving ice dams in the world. The Sol-Ice Hydronic ice dam solution is as much as 20 times more efficient than heat cable based systems.
Get Rid of Heat Cable, Get Rid of the Risk of Fire
There is no risk of fire which is an ongoing problem with heat cable. Just ask the Park City Fire Chief!
Building Integrate Ice Dam Design just looks better
The system is concealed under the roofing so that there is no ugly heat cable or
other strange design element that shows up all summer long. Sol-Ice competitors like Bylin (RIM System, Roof Icicle Melt), Thermal Technologies T-Zone and T-Panel systems, Disco and Associates Heat Trace Systems and Summit Ice Melt Systems with the Radiant Edge system all have followed the same design ideas. Extruded Aluminum and 240 Watt Heat Trace (or Heat Cable depending on how you like to say it.)
There Have Been Some Improvements in Ice Dam Products
There are a few competitors that have developed alternatives to the standard Technitrace, Chomolox, easyheat or the leader in the industry Raychem which is owned by Tyco. These solutions are Building Integrated Snow Melt solutions which helps make them more attractive but at the end of the day Heated Roof Systems, Heatizon and Warmzone are still electric and use far more energy than a Hydronic solution.
Why Heat with Electricity When Gas is So Much More Efficient?
When was the last time you heard of a drive way being installed with an electric snow melt instead of Hydronic? Who would heat their home with and electric radiant floor system if they can install a hydronic one? How many people have electric furnaces or water heaters instead of gas. The truth is we all know that gas is more efficient and better for the environment than electricity.
The Montage Deer Valley Got It Right and is Saving $90,000/Winter
Our system was used on the Montage Deer Valley to keep ice dams from becoming a problem. Sol-Ice custom designs EVERY job so that there is no chance of an installer creating a problem because he did not know what he was doing or how an ice dam forms.
We Designed the Best Ice Dam Solution Because we Live With Ice Damns Every Year.
We are located in Park City Utah and have been involved in the roofing industry in Park City for 18 years. We know how ice dams form because we live with them every day. Contact us to learn what we can do to create a one size fits one custom solution for your ice dam problem.
SubHydroMelt Hydronic Ice Dam Solution is the most energy efficient remedy to ice dams
SubHydroMelt has been designed to solve ice dam problems with as little operational cost as possible. No other system, heat cable, RIM, Roof Icicle Melt system or any other electric system can compete with this system. We use up to 10 times less energy than heat cable or other solutions. We are the only company that can use our snow melt system as a Building Integrated Solar Thermal system. Yes you read that right the same system used on the north side of a home to get rid of ice dams can be installed on the south side to heat water for showers, heating a home or pool or even getting rid of ice dams.