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Heat Cable Installation Costs

If you own a home in a climate where winters are cold, snowy and icy, then you may already have a heat cable system installed on your roof. Essentially, a heat cable system includes a series of cables that run along the roof and gutters that are designed to melt away snow. This prevents snow buildup on the roof over time, which can weaken the roof's structure and cause damage. It also helps with the problem of snow and ice sliding off the roof and onto the walkways below. If your home does not already have a heat cable system installed, it may be time to make the investment.

National Install a Heating Cable Costs

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National Install a Heating Cable Costs
Average reported cost $605
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Minimum reported cost $100
Maximum reported cost $1,800
Most homeowners spent between: $398 to $691

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Average Heat Cable Installation Costs

Many home owners without a heat cable system are skeptical to have such a system installed because they are under the impression that it will be out of their price range. It is possible to have an entire heat cable system installed on your roof for about $600-$900. There are a few factors that will influence the cost of such installation. For example, the size of your roof is the largest determining factor. The larger the roof, the more cable will be needed and thus the more expensive the project will be.

If you wait to have your heat cabling installed during the cold months of winter, there is also a greater chance that you will end up spending more as companies tend to charge more during this time.

Choosing a System Type

Before having your heat cable system installed, you will also want to decide on which type system would best suit your needs. There are essentially two different types: thermostat systems and traditional ones. A thermostat heat cable system allows home owners to manually control the temperature of the heat cables from inside the house at any given time as a way of saving energy. These types of systems are more expensive to install initially but can save money when it comes to energy costs over time. A traditional system does not provide manual control of the heat cables itself and is thus less expensive to install, although it may cost more in energy expenses over time.

Last updated on Mar 31, 2016

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