Some well-reviewed, professional-grade and long-term solutions for roof ice melting systems include installing heating cables beneath the shingles and an integrated heating edge system. Well-reviewed methods requiring ongoing maintenance and effort include using ice melting socks and long-handled, aluminum snow rakes.
Both installation of heating cables and integrated heated edge systems typically require hiring a certified electrician to safely wire the components. Heated cables are laid beneath the existing roof structure, along the edges, and keep the ice above from freezing. They are popular with home owners in areas with heavy snowfall or with roofing with many corners and valleys. An integrated roof heating system functions in a similar fashion, installing a metal edge plate with heating elements along the eaves of the existing roof.