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How RIM Systems Can Protect Your Roof

Posted by Raychem Winter Expert on Nov 7, 2017 4:50:51 AM

Ice dams and icicles are some of the most dangerous hazards a roof can face during winter. Ice dams and icicles form when the snow that is accumulated on a roof beings to melt and then refreezes. The more snow that accumulates, the greater chance there is of this process continuing, which in turn increases the size and severity of the ice dams and icicles.

The risk of ice dams and icicles is potentially severe. Accumulating these can penetrate the roof of your home or building and cause things such as interior water damage, structural damage, hazards to general safety of people and more.

One of the most effective ways to mitigate this risk is to install a Roof Ice Melt (RIM) System. Designed to end ice build-up hazards, RIM Systems consist of base panels that secure heating cables in a fixed heat transfer position. The system helps maintain a continuous path for roof snow melt to drain from the roof through the gutter and downspout. The type of RIM System you choose to best fit your roof will depend on factors such as wind speed, elevation, temperatures and average snowfall.

RIM Systems are also flexible, with the ability to be installed in new buildings or in renovation projects for all snow load areas. RIM Systems’ flexibility is also shown in its ability to be used on virtually any type of roof. Whether the roof is made from shake, shingle, rubber, tar, wood, tile, slate, membrane, metal or plastic, there is a RIM System that can meet your specific requirements.

A RIM System is the most energy efficient de-icing method available today and is maintenance-free. Designed with state-of-the-art control technology, RIM Systems come with programming, monitoring and alarming ability. This technology also helps control the temperature of the system and optimizes energy output.


Sign up for one of our webinars this week to learn more about the advantages of RIM Systems and how to design them by using the Roof & Gutter Calculator, a free online tool: 


November 7th at 8:00am Pacific / 9:00am Mountain / 10:00am Central / 11:00am Eastern:

Innovative and Elegant Roof De-Icing Solutions



November 9th at 8:00am Pacific / 9:00am Mountain / 10:00am Central / 11:00am Eastern

Roof & Gutter De-Icing Calculator


Topics: Commercial Applications, Winter Safety, Electric Heat Tracing, Roof & Gutter De-Icing

About our blog

Winter is a time to enjoy, not to fear the hardships it sometimes brings. In this blog, our Raychem Winter Experts share knowledge and tips on how to take the stress out of the colder days of the year. We specialize in keeping:

  • processes and operations running smoothly in industrial environments
  • buildings, infrastructure and the people using them safe from harm in commercial and residential environments.

No matter how extreme the weather conditions, Raychem winter solutions offer the best insurance for your processes and property against snow and ice-related emergencies.

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