A radiant heated roof saves our butt in the winter

Sometimes it just takes a little human ingenuity to figure out a solution to an insurmountable problem.

I think we have seen that time and time again in human history thanks to all of the amazing inventions and discoveries that our ancestors have made. We owe them a lot when it comes to our modern comforts and ways of life. Recently, I am proud to report that my brothers and I came up with a similarly wise and innovative solution to something that was going to massively inconvenience everyone. You see, we have an old family cabin several hours away in a cold environment. The outdoor air temperature regularly drops below -20 degrees there and it is not abnormal for several feet of snow to fall at a time. Sometimes you can’t even get out of the house because it is so frigidly cold that you cannot shovel your own driveway. The roads will ice up during immensely chilly days and it becomes impossible to go anywhere. At the same time, you have to worry about the amount of snow that accumulates on your freezing cold roof. Even with your indoor air temperature control system cranked up at the highest level, you cannot provide enough heat to your roof to melt the snow. However, the snow will get so heavy that it can cave in your roof. This is why we needed some kind of heating solution to melt all of the snow rather than making trips to shovel it ourselves. Eventually, we settled on radiant heated flooring. We were able to install electric radiant heated floors under the roofing tiles and connected it to a smart thermostat. Now, we can adjust the rooftop heating system to melt the snow, all from the comfort of our warm homes.


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