5 Roof Accessories for Your Mountain Cabin

 

Park City, Utah is known for being a mountain town. It’s ski and snowboard friendly (did you know we hosted the 2002 Olympic Winter Games?), home to dozens of gorgeous trails, and the city itself, known for food and brews, nestled between mountain peaks.

If you’re considering Park City, or nearby neighborhoods such as Deer Valley, Glenwild, Victory Ranch, etc. for your mountain cabin, there are certain considerations to keep in mind for a budget-friendly, long-lasting cabin. In this article, we’ll specifically review mountain cabin roofing accessories.

Park City Climate

Before we get into the nitty gritty details for your cabin roof, make sure you’re well versed in the Park City climate. A primary concern for Utah homeowners is the winters with heavy snow and ice for a minimum of six months out of the year. In the summers, there is intense, dry heat.

This also applies to the surrounding areas (Tuhaye, Promontory, Red Ledges, etc.). 

So how do you build a roof to accommodate both extremes?

Best Accessories for a Mountain Cabin Roof

For the primary material of your roofing, we recommend metal sheeting. It’s environmentally friendly and in the summer, a metal roof is energy efficient with excellent reflectivity and emissivity benefits. Let’s look at some accessories for your roof. 

 

Heat Tape and Snow Guards

Whether you go with a shingle/shake roof or a metal roof, our team also recommends working snow guards and heat tape into your budget. In the winter, snow will slide off the roof. We want the snow to fall off your roof gradually, and roof snow guards help with this. At Viotell, we partner with two different snow guard manufacturers:

  • – TRA
    – S5

Heat tape, or heat cable, is another essential for installing a roof to last through Utah winters and avoid those pesky ice dams. It works with your snow guard to melt ice and snow into a manageable flow and gradually removes it from the roof.

Properly installed heat tape runs from any overhang area to the “warm wall” area of your roof, down the gutter and downspout. Remember, roofs are designed to shed water. Keeping the water flowing off the roof and away from the house is key.

Ensure your general contractor and installer review the areas of concern with proper installation techniques to achieve the water flow goal. Heat tape can be installed via zig-zag pattern or with metal roofs up and down the rib of the panels; considerations for valleys and chimneys are also recommended.

Anywhere water can build up to ice would benefit from having heat accessories installed to keep water shedding away from those areas.

So, if it snows a foot in Park City (which isn’t uncommon), the heat tape helps it melt in an organized fashion. This is essential for roof longevity. There are different performance levels of heat tape including:

  • – 6 watt/ft
    – 8 watt/ft
    – 12 watt/ft

Make sure when you are designing the roof that you work with a qualified installer and electrician to ensure the performance your unique project requires is achieved.

 

Under Roof Heat Systems

Many homeowners have an aesthetic preference to conceal the appearance of the heat tape or heat cables on their roof. This is where under roof heat systems can come in. They protect the tape and cables from exposure to elements which can degrade exposed heat tape over time.

 

Best Shingles for a Mountain Cabin

Selecting proper shingles for your mountain cabin is important. While your metal sheeting, under roof heat system, heat tape, and snow guards manage the snow and the ice — the proper shingle will endure the intense, dry heat of the summer.

Opt for a higher grade shingle, such as composite slate or cedar shakes, which mimic the look of a cedar shake roof, but without the fire hazard of natural wood shingles. Synthetic in nature, they also withstand the extreme heat and extreme cold better than natural wood shingles.

 

Mountain Cabin Gutters and Downspouts

Along with all of your protective roofing accessories, we highly recommend adding a strong, durable gutter and downspouts.

The gutters, when properly installed, will collect runoff water as the ice and snow melt, and funnel it into your downspout. The downspout is responsible for moving this water away from your mountain cabin and into a drainage system.

Many homeowners have concerns of gutters cracking and leaking. This is a legitimate concern if they are not properly maintained. The heat tape and snow guards will help control the distribution of ice and snow to prevent the gutters from being overwhelmed. From there, the downspout and gutters work together to prevent water damage in your mountain cabin.

Conclusion

As one of Utah’s most trusted custom roofers, Viotell craftsmen are highly trained to incorporate and install a wide variety of styles, materials, and price ranges to meet all your roofing needs. If you’re looking for help with your mountain cabin roofing accessories, you can get in touch with us here.

Anthony Ortega, COO & Partner

Anthony Ortega is a dynamic and results-driven executive with a proven track record of fostering growth and innovation. With extensive experience in business operations and high-functioning business acumen, Anthony has consistently demonstrated his ability to integrate and optimize complex business processes.

As the Chief Operating Officer of VIOTELL, Anthony oversees all facets of the company’s operations, finance, fabrication, vendor relationships, and client success. His strategic leadership and expertise in operational excellence have been instrumental in driving the company’s sustained growth and competitive edge.