Sergeant Burr and the Snow Brigade

The Snow Brigade Takes on the Heated Driveway Fortress

A thick cloud of white specs began falling from the grey sky. “Alright!” the gruff sergeant bellowed. “Listen up you bunch of snowflakes! We’ve got a job to do and we’re gonna do it!” Sergeant Burr studied the troops as they fell slowly from the sky. “Our mission is to harass those two-legged monstrosities down there and bring their travel plans to a halt. Got that? We are to secure the driveway and keep them confined to their house. Make all exit points dangerous and impassible. We will impede all manner of travel, whether it’s by foot or vehicle. Do you understand?”

“Sir, yes sir!” the group yelled in unison.

“Alright then, when you land on that driveway tighten up your ranks and hold your ground. I’ll be taking the high ground on the wintergreen daisies right next to you to supervise the operation. I’ll be there, fighting alongside you.”

Cartoon army snowflake commander

“Um Sergeant Burr, sir?” one timid private stepped forward.

“What’s on your mind, son?” the agitated sergeant asked.

“Uh, yes sir, I uh, I heard that some of these places are installing heated driveways that pretty much vaporize entire battalions of snowflakes like us. How do we know they don’t have any weapons of mass melting down there?”

“Because our intel reports didn’t say anything about radiant heat!” the sergeant yelled. “Now enough with those crazy thoughts. Look down there! That looks like any other driveway and sidewalk,” he insisted. “We’re going to use the element of surprise and bury ‘em before they can yell ‘Grandma busted her hip’. Got that?”

“Um, yes sir,” the snowflake sheepishly resigned before slipping back into rank.

“Dude,” the soldier next to him muttered. “Ya just gotta think positive man. Like, imagine the driveway down there is totally cold and frozen, man. He’s just a frigid freak waiting for us icy dudes to drift on down and cover him up. Positive thinking man, positive thinking. Believe it will be ice cold and it will be ice cold.”

“Uh yeah, sure,” the private said with a raised eyebrow, while distancing himself from the soldier.

“The rest of you snowflakes,” Sergeant Burr continued, “stop worrying about some super radiant heat monster and focus on your assignments. The first wave is to cover the surface and link up. Provide a thin sheet of ice so the next waves can pile on top to hide you. You’ll be the tip of the spear; the secret slick surface that will bring down any of those two-legged mammals who dare to step outside.”

“What about the four-legged ones?” a soldier asked.

“We don’t care about them. They don’t have as far to go when they drop. It’s those bipedal ones that are a lot more fun to watch when they slip and go down,” the sergeant said with a devilish grin. “Now let’s go down there and have some fun.”

The group descended closer and closer to the ground. The brown lawns and leafless trees were beginning to be overcome by the white army, but the driveway remained defiant.

“Man, I don’t like the looks of this,” the timid private said to another.

“Yeah,” came the reply. “That doesn’t look right.”

“No talking in the ranks!” the sergeant howled. “Okay, first wave, hit the ground! Go, go, go!”

The blanket of snowflakes hit the concrete, but shrieks and screams filled the air. The snowflakes were gone. They disappeared. One after another the snowflakes hit the pavement before letting out a yelp and trickling away. The snow was disarmed and turned into little droplets that drained away from the driveway.

The timid private was now nothing more than a small drop of water. He nudged the droplet next to him. “Positive thinking, aye? Just think it will be ice cold and it will be ice cold, aye? Pfft. Positive thinking, my lilly white icicle!”

“Uh yeah man. Total bummer,” came the reply.

But some of the first snowflakes to hit didn’t even make it to the water stage. Like the private said, the snowflakes were vaporized, where they drifted slowly back up to the sky.

“C’mon!” the stubborn sergeant hollered. “Waves two and three. Hit ‘em hard!”

But with each company of snowflakes the results were the same. The icy soldiers were nullified the second they hit the ground.

“Sarge!” a platoon leader yelled. “We can’t break through. It’s too hot down there. The driveway is fortified with radiant heat! We don’t stand a chance.”

But Sergeant Burr was defiant – and increasingly desperate. “We . . . we gotta. C’mon,” he stammered. “Everybody, we need a full frontal assault. We’ll overwhelm the driveway with sheer numbers!”

“But Sarge!”

“That’s an order,” the sergeant screamed. “Everyone to the driveway! It’s our only chance.” He called for reinforcements.

Snowflake after snowflake hit the ground, but no one could establish a foothold. It was impossible. Even when reinforcements that doubled the size of the assault force arrived, they could make no headway. Snow piled up on the ground next to the driveway, but the troops on the lawn could only watch as their comrades fell to their doom.

Heated driveway and sidewalk
The scene of the battle during the snowstorm.

“It’s a massacre,” one noted.

Still the sergeant continued to bark his attack orders.

“That dude’s a lunatic,” one snowflake remarked as he watched the sergeant. “There’s nothing you can do against a heated driveway. It’s hopeless.”

“Yeah,” his companion agreed. “I reckon his brain is melting. Poor Sarge has gone bananas.”

“I’m glad we landed here on the grass. Those heated driveways are murder on snow.”

The battle raged for over two hours, but when the final troops descended from the sky the driveway and front sidewalk were completely dry. There was no trace of a battle. Over a foot of snow buried the surrounding landscape, but the pavement remained clear. Sergeant Burr hugged his knees and rocked back and forth. His eyes stared blankly ahead as he repeatedly muttered, “It’s a heated driveway. The driveway was heated. It’s a heated driveway . . . ”

The soldiers tried to console him, but it was hopeless.

“C’mon Sarge,” the medics lifted him onto a stretcher. “It’s all over now.”

Finding the Ideal Roof De-icing System

Roof de-icing systems are a great investment that can save homes from the damage that melting ice and snow can cause in the cold winter months. If you’ve been considering a de-icing system for your home or business, fall can be the perfect time to get one installed.

Roof de-icing systems can be used to heat your whole roof, but it is more common to heat specific areas. The most common application is heating roof edges, but heating problem areas, roof valleys, or even your gutters and downspouts are also popular options. Heating these areas can prevent ice dams that can be created by warm temperatures in the attic that can cause snow or ice to melt and trickle down the roof. When the cool water hits the freezing eaves, it refreezes, eventually creating a ridge of ice along the roof eave. This causes subsequent runoff to pool behind the ice ridge, and that’s when problems can occur. The water seems into every tiny crevice and when it refreezes, it expands. As this process repeats, the expanding ice can threaten the integrity of the roof. Damage from ice dams can be hazardous and costly to repair, and can also lead to interior water damage inside the home. Radiant roof de-icing systems are proven to prevent ice dams from forming to allow runoff to reach the gutters, helping to prolong the life of your roof.

Roof with ice damage to gutter
Gutter damage caused by heavy ice buildup.

No matter which area of your roof you are looking to heat, don’t forget that a system is only as good as the installation and components that are included. Each Warmzone roof de-icing system consists of the industry’s most advanced and proven components. Warmzone offers multiple options for heating elements that allow you to customize your system to fit the needs of your home or business.

One of the most popular and reliable heating elements available is Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable. RoofHeat self-regulating heat trace cable is an easy to use roof de-icing option that is affordable and great for a wide variety of applications. Self-regulating heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that increases the heat output as temperatures outside drop, and decreases output as temperatures rise. Cable is available in different lengths and can be installed to accommodate just about any configuration, including custom or oddly shaped areas. The cable is UL recognized, flexible, and has an extremely rugged outerjacket of UV stabilized thermoplastic elastomer, making it perfect for harsh outdoor conditions. Self-regulating heat cable from Warmzone also comes with a 10-year manufacturer warranty.

Self-regulating heat cable is the first choice for installing in gutters and downspouts, and can even be used for pipe trace applications to prevent freezing. Installing the heat cable is simple. It is installed in the gutter and into the downspouts, and ended below the frost line. When installing cable on the roof itself, it is attached to the roof with roof clips in a zig zag formation. Installing heat cable in these areas is extremely efficient at providing channels for runoff to prevent ice and snow damage, and the best choice for most customers. Most customers use self-regulating cable to heat roof edges, but it is also effective for keeping roof valleys clear of snow and ice buildup. Self-regulating heat trace cable has been installed in most of the coldest areas of the country, and still remains one of the most efficient and discreet options for gutter trace applications and roof heating today.

Self-regulating heat cable
Self-regulating heat trace cable for roof de-icing applications.

Wamrzone also offers pre-terminated 120V, 6-watt self-regulating heat cable. This option is affordable and convenient, as it comes pre-assembled and can be plugged into a standard outlet. This cable is also available with a GFCI power plug, and comes in 50, 75, or 100-foot lengths. Pre-terminated cable allows for easier installation, as it does not require any special skills or tools. It can be used in almost any application, even industrial environments – including hazardous and corrosive environments.

Another option available from Warmzone is constant wattage cable. This type of cable is a good choice for quick, easy, and general roof de-icing projects, where customization may not be necessary. Constant wattage cable has outstanding electrical and thermal properties, with a parallel heating core that will produce uniform thermal output over its entire length, meaning that the power output remains the same across the whole cable. (It is unaffected by ambient temperature, unlike self-regulating cable.) Constant wattage cable uses a single power point making it easy to configure and install heat tracing systems anywhere. Constant wattage cable comes pre-assembled, and can be installed to eliminate problem spots along your roof edges, gutters, or downspouts. The cable can also be used for pipe freeze prevention, as well as for process heating, and velocity flow control for viscous materials in industrial applications.

If cable isn’t the right option for heating your roof, Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP de-icing system may be the ideal choice. This system also features a self-regulating heating element. This system utilizes a thin polymer element that can be nailed through and cut on site. The semi conductive polymer heating element uses individual control boxes to monitor monitor power and output for each section of roofing. The transformers will step from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less) to assure safe and efficient performance. The low-voltage element can be safely installed under shingles and metal roofs, and is ideal for heating entire eaves and problem areas.

Warmzone’s versatile self-regulating heat cable is an industry leader that is the perfect choice for most home or business owners. A roof heating professional from Warmzone can help you determine which heating element is best for your particular application, whether you need to heat valleys, edges, downspouts, or even your whole roof. Warmzone professionals provide industry leading customer service, including professional system design, free installation training, and tech support. If you still have questions about roof de-icing systems, contact a Warmzone professional today at 888.488.9276. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.

Heating a Driveway with Limited Power

Zoning Your Driveway Heating System

Radiant heat is one of the most efficient ways to keep any driveway or walkway free of hazardous snow and ice. When considering installing a heated driveway, many wonder if they have enough power to run the radiant heat system. For most situations in homes or businesses, the answer is yes, as most have more than enough amperage to operate an average sized radiant heating system. However, in the cases where amperage may be lower, or the driveway larger, Warmzone has options to ensure that a radiant heat snow melting system can still be installed, and effectively provide the snow melting performance you expect, safely and efficiently.

Heated driveway installation
Zoning is often used to heat large areas that typically require more power.

The first step when purchasing a snow melting system is deciding the area needs to be heated. At Warmzone, professional design services are included top help you. Warmzone representatives can even assist you in determining the square footage of the area you want heated. By using a special software program, they can view your property and help you determine an estimate of the square footage of your driveway. After determining your snow melting needs and available budget, Warmzone designers will design the system that best meets your needs. Each snow melting system is designed according to ASHRAE standards, taking into account the average winter weather conditions in your area. Your system layout will not only include the ideal layout of the system components, but also include all the electrical information necessary for your electrician, such as proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, as well as the power requirements of the system.

If you want to get an idea of available amperage in your home, power can be checked by accessing your home’s main breakers. In most homes, there is either a 100 amp, or 200 amp breaker panel. When considering a snow melting system, there are few basic guidelines that homeowners should consider when checking the power in their home. One 30-amp breaker typically supplies enough power to heat a 170-square-foot area. That means to heat a driveway that is 350 square-feet, two 30-amp (or one 60-amp) breakers will be needed. If you have questions, it is always best to have a qualified electrician come out and asses the power at your home.

If the power requirements at your home or business are insufficient, you may still be able to enjoy the benefits of a snow melting system when working with Warmzone. The heated driveway can be designed to use a technique called “zoning”. The principle behind zoning is simple: the area to be heated is divided into zones, and power is sent to each zone separately. For example, if you only had two 30-amp breakers available but wanted to heat your driveway, front sidewalk and parking apron, the snow melting system could be divided into 3 zones. Power would be used to heat each zone separately, thereby optimizing the available power. Warmzone now offers a new sequencer that allows the system to “bounce” power from zone to zone, allowing a large area to be heated almost simultaneously. While this technique requires slightly more time to heat the entire area, it also ensures that snow is melted from the driveway, sidewalk and apron.

Old zoning systems relied on zones being heated separately in their entirety. Separate sensors were installed in each zone to enhance the efficiency of the system, and each zone was prioritized. After zone 1 was cleared, zone 2 would then heat, and then zone 3 would heat, and so on. However, the new sequencer eliminates the need of melting snow from one zone before moving on to melt snow from the next zone. “Pulsing” the power from one zone to another makes the system much more efficient – and gives homeowners with minimal power the opportunity to heat larger areas.

Snow melting system divided into zones for power usage
When faced with a limited power supply, snow melting systems can be installed to heat by zones, shown in this illustration.

Snow melting systems from Warmzone are designed for optimum efficiency and cost-effective operation. Installing a radiant snow melting system is a great investment in your home, and systems typically clear the area during a storm at a cost less than hiring a snow removal service to clear your driveways and walkways. An automated snow melting system can help to ensure safe access to your home or business for years to come.

Zoning is a great way to make your dreams for a safe, efficient snow melting a reality – even when dealing with low amperage. Warmzone’s design professionals will help create the ideal system to operate within the power requirements of your home or business. If you have questions and would like to discuss the options that are available, contact Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.

Trusted Floor Heating Options

Warmzone’s Vast Offering of Proven Products is Unmatched

Radiant heat is becoming more popular each day, given its luxurious comfort and remarkable energy efficiency. The versatile heating technology can be used in many applications, whether you are heating your floors, heating a driveway, or melting snow and ice from your roof or gutters. Warmzone offers industry leading products and customer service that make adding radiant heat to any home or business a simple, pain-free process.

Radiant heat differs from traditional forced air heating systems as it heats objects as opposed to air. With radiant heat, the air comes into contact with the heated object, such as the floor, and produces warmth that needs to be experienced to be fully appreciated. The room warms evenly from the floor up, adding to the efficiency while creating a particularly comfortable environment for small children. Using radiant heat to warm your floors helps reduce heat loss and keeps the temperature steady throughout the heated area. Radiant heated floors also offer other benefits. Because there is no blowing air through ducts and dusty vents, the transmission of dust and allergens in the home is greatly reduced.

Dog and cat on warm floor

To achieve this clean, even and efficient heat, all radiant heat systems have three main components. The first component is a heating element. The heating elements can be electric or hydronic (water based), and provide heat to the object they are in contact with. To begin this heating process, the element is triggered by an activation device/thermostat that utilizes either an ambient temperature sensor or an in-floor (embedded) sensor. The thermostat sends power to the heating element to warm the floor.

There are two main types of radiant heat systems – electric and hydronic (water-based systems). Electric systems typically use a thin resistance electric heating cable (the heating element). This cable is typically installed in thinset directly under the flooring, such as tile, vinyl tile, or stone, etc. Hydronic systems use a boiler to heat a mixture of propylene glycol and water, which is then pumped through special PEX tubing. Because of the need for a boiler, manifold and pumps, hydronic systems require a dedicated “mechanical” room for the system, and installation is quite complex.

Warmzone offers a number of radiant heating systems that can be installed in almost any area and medium of flooring in the home. Both electric and hydronic systems are available for floor heating, but electric heating is preferred by most homeowners. Any surface in the home can be heated, but choosing a system that best fits the flooring in the area to be heated is crucial to an efficient and safe heating system. Here is a general outline of different systems that are best suited for specific types of flooring.

ComfortTile floor heating cable and mats

Warmzone’s ComfortTile floor heating system is perhaps the most popular and versatile option for heating floors in your home. The heating element is UL listed single-point connection, twin-conductor cable that is durable, and safety approved for wet locations. ComfortTile cable is flexible and is available on spools or pre-spaced mats. The ComfortTile floor heating system can be used with many mediums. From luxury vinyl tiles, to ceramic tile, marble, or stone, ComfortTile is an option that can be customized for any room, and will heat any flooring efficiently and evenly. If using ComfortTile in areas that may be susceptible to water, a membrane system such as Prodeso can be used to house the cable can be installed underneath the flooring to house the cable and protect the flooring and cable from water, as well as shifting and cracking that can come with tile, marble, or stone.

Beautiful wood floors, whether engineered or hardwood, are also great candidates for radiant heat. When choosing a system for wood floors, make sure to know whether the floor is floating or nailed, to ensure matching it with the right radiant heating system. For floating floors, FilmHeat is the most recommended option. (Low-voltage FloorHeat STEP and FoilHeat are also popular options, with the low-voltage system being particularly effective for heating hardwood floors.) These systems utilize three unique heating elements. The FilmHeat system features a near paper-thin “film” heating element that is laid out directly under flooring. FoilHeat features fluoropolymer insulated heating cables that are sandwiched between reinforced layers of aluminum foil. Low-voltage FloorHeat STEP utilizes thin, flexible polymer heating panels. All of these systems are proven, and easy to install, and a great value for heating floors.

Another great choice for heating wood flooring are HeatShield insulation panels combined with ComfortTile heat cable. These lightweight heating insulation panels consist of a ½-inch thick polystyrene insulation panel covered with thin, specially profiled aluminum that reflects heat from the ComfortTile cable installed inside the pre-formed channels. HeatShield Panels are a great choice because they ensure accurate spacing and quick, easy installation, and the reflective panel maximizes the heat cable’s performance. For nailed floors, the FloorHeat STEP low-voltage system is an excellent choice because it requires no floor build-up, and the thin self-regulating polymer heating element can be nailed or stapled through.

Heated hardwood floor in living room.

For laminate flooring there are many proven options. FilmHeat, FloorHeat, FoilHeat, and HeatShield Panels are great choices for laminate, but RetroHeat is also available. RetroHeat’s thin heating element panels feature thin “film” elements like FilmHeat, but this system can be used to add heat to existing flooring. If you can access the floor joists from below, the heating element can be stapled up between the joists so you don’t have to tear out your existing floors. RetroHeat panels can be cut onsite to ensure proper length, and simply nailed or stapled to the underside of the subfloor. Batt insulation is then stapled up over the RetroHeat to direct all the heat upward to warm the floor.

Radiant heat can also be installed in concrete flooring. In-Slab heat cable from Warmzone is a heating cable especially designed for installation into concrete slabs. The cable is secured 1 to 2 inches below the surface. Hydronic heating systems can also be used in concrete, and are ideal for heating larger areas.

With all the options available to heat home flooring from Warmzone, finding the right system for your system is easy. Check out the guidelines below to find out which systems are recommended for your type of flooring.

Floor heating systems chart
Different floor types and the recommended radiant floor heating systems.

Roof De-icing – A Smart Investment in Your Home

Roof De-icing Options

Radiant heat is a great solution for many areas inside or outside your home. From floors to driveways, almost any area in your home can be heated with radiant heat. One great and often overlooked spot to install radiant heating is your roof. Inspecting your roof and installing a roof de-icing system during the warmer months is a great way to ensure your home or business is prepared for the cold winter ahead. With Warmzone, top-of-the-line roof heating systems make dealing with winter hazards like snow, ice dams, or icicles hassle a whole lot easier. Warmzone offers a variety of versatile roof de-icing systems that can fit the needs of any home or business owner and keep property safe from costly water damage during the winter.

Radiant heating systems work using three components: a heating element, an activation device, and a contactor panel / power source. The heating element is installed on your roof, valleys or gutters, or in specific areas where de-icing is needed. Once the heating element is installed, the activation device triggers the system to send power to the elements. The activation device is designed to detect specific weather conditions and then signal the contactor panel to send power to the heating element. The system then safely and efficiently keeps your roof clear of hazardous snow and ice.

Heated roof edge

Depending on the needs of the area to be heated, de-icing systems can be installed in a number of places. If you are looking to install radiant heat in gutters and downspouts, Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable is an affordable, efficient solution for roof de-icing. (Constant wattage and pre-terminated self-regulating cable is also available.) Self-regulating heat cable automatically adjusts to temperature changes, increasing or decreasing its heat output, making it extra efficient, safe, and maintenance free. Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable features a UV stabilized flexible thermoplastic elastomer over-jacket that protects its core making it extremely durable for wet locations, and protecting it from sun damage. This cable can be installed in gutters, downspouts or even zigzagged along the roof eaves to provide channels for the runoff (and prevent ice dams). Installing cable in these particular areas helps prevent icicles and hazardous ice dams from forming, protecting your home and roof from water damage that often results from ridges of ice that form along the roof eaves. Water can pool behind the ice and seep into tiny cracks in the roof or shingles. Warmzone’s versatile self-regulating cable can also be used for pipe tracing applications to prevent pipes from freezing.

Warmzone’s industry leading self-regulated heating cable is also used in attractive roof heating panels. These aluminum panels feature pre-engineered channels where self-regulating heat cable is routed, resulting in maximum heat transfer. These panels are engineered to be extremely energy efficient as well as an attractive addition to your roof. The aluminum panels are coated with a durable finish that adds to the aesthetic value of your home, and are available in a wide variety of colors to match your existing roof. Warmzone’s RoofHeat panels are extremely versatile and are also a great option to heat the valleys of your roof. These panels are effective at controlling ice buildup and dams with just a 4-6 inch heating panel that will clear both sides of the valley between 6-10 inches. This method of roof heating allows runoff to safely flow down the valley and assures that no water is refreezing on any other part of your roof. These premium quality panels offer an aesthetically pleasing option that is both highly efficient and affordable.

Another great roof de-icing option is Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system. This innovative system features a thin polymer heating element that can be installed under metal or shingle roofs. It is easy to install and versatile, as it can be cut, stapled or nailed through during installation. RoofHeat STEP is also a self regulating system, so you can be sure that the system will efficiently keep your roof clear of snow and ice in any cold weather condition. This system can be installed to heat roof eaves, valleys, or even the entire roof. Each transformer controls a specific section of the roof de-icing system. This allows for the system to step down high voltage to low voltage (less than 60V ) when necessary, providing safe and efficient heat to clear your roof. The low-voltage system is one of the most effective and highly recommended roof de-icing systems on the market.

Low-voltage radiant heating element.

Because Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems are so versatile, they can be used separately or combined. This is helpful to meet the specific needs of each roof. If there is a tricky area, or an especially problematic spot Warmzone professional system designers can create a roof de-icing system to meet your exact specifications and snow melting needs.

Purchasing a roof de-icing system is a smart way to protect one of the most important aspects of your home – the roof. Damage to a roof can lead to costly water damage in the home, which can even lead to serious health problems if mold develops in the home. Ice dams are the number one problem when it comes to water or costly roof damage. As snow melts on the roof, it can reach the ridge of ice along the eaves where it pools. This pooled water can seep into tiny cracks and refreeze in every nook and cranny of your roof, expanding and eventually causing damage and threatening the integrity of your roof. If water seeps inside walls, it may not be discovered for a considerable time, whereby it can eventually cause mold and mildew inside the home – which is every homeowner’s nightmare.

A quality roof heating system is an investment that can pay off every winter, preventing damage and eliminating stress. Installing one now during the summer months is easier, and will assure your winter is safe and hassle free. If you’d like to learn more about the many roof de-icing options that are available, please contact a roof heating expert today at 888.488.9276.

The Right Solutions for Heating Your Floors

Premier Floor Heating Options

Radiant heat is one of the cleanest and most efficient ways to heat your home or business. Warmzone’s vast selection of industry leading products ensures an ideal solution for any application – from bathrooms and basements to garages and outdoor steps. Warmzone has one of the largest product selections in the industry, helping to ensure that the best system is matched with your specific heating needs.

When considering floor heating, one of Warmzone’s most versatile products is ComfortTile heating cable. Whether used alone or in conjunction with the Prodeso membrane system or HeatShield insulation panels, you can be sure that your home will be heated efficiently and safely.

Pretty woman on wood floor

The ComfortTile floor heating system is UL listed, and features a single-point connection, twin-conductor cable that is rated at 120 or 240 volts. This cable is durable and safety approved for wet locations. ComfortTile heat cable is flexible and can be used in almost any application, as it is available on large spools or pre-spaced in mats. ComfortTile mats are 18-inches wide, but heat a 24-inch wide area. These mats come with an adhesive on the mesh backing, so they are easily installed onto the subfloor, making them a quick and efficient way to install radiant heat for most types of flooring. To ensure your cable or mats keep your floor warm for years to come, ComfortTile heat cable also comes with an industry leading 25-year warranty.

ComfortTile heat cable can also be used in conjunction with Warmzone’s innovative Prodeso membrane system. The Prodeso membrane is a polypropylene uncoupling crack isolation waterproofing membrane that is used for heating floors or other surfaces that do not have movement or expansion joints in the screed. These unique qualities make it possible to install floor heating over what can be difficult substrates, such as plywood. The membrane has rounded square shaped reliefs that create channels that are specifically spaced and designed to embed ComfortTile heat cable. Prodeso membranes are a great choice for ceramic tile or other flooring surfaces that are prone to cracking, or areas such as a bathroom that have high levels of moisture. The Prodeso membrane is also extremely low profile, with a thickness of only ¼-inch, making it ideal for any application. The flexible, lightweight Prodeso membrane makes it a good choice where the load bearing capacity of a sub-floor may be a limitation.

Installing the Prodeso membrane is easy. The membrane comes on rolls, and is laid directly on top of the subfloor. Once the membrane is laid out, the ComfortTile heat cable is installed through the channels of the membrane. The flooring can then be installed directly on top of the membrane. The unique design of the Prodeso membrane makes it extremely versatile. It can be used simply as a membrane to protect flooring, or cable can be installed into the membrane to heat specific areas. The ability to customize heating zones makes Prodeso a great way to ensure your radiant heated floors are energy efficient. Prodeso membrane can also be used on areas such as walls, and in outdoor applications, as it is safe under all weather conditions.

Installing heat cable in the Prodeso membrane

Another great option to use with ComfortTile heat cable are HeatShield insulation panels. Warmzone’s HeatShield panels are ½-inch thick, lightweight polystyrene insulation panels that are covered with an extra thin, specially designed aluminum. This design allows upward heat distribution so that ComfortTile heat cable works at peak efficiency by ensuring that heat does not escape into the subfloor. HeatShield panels are an ideal easy-to-install solution for heating laminate and engineered wood floors, and provide one of the most efficient systems on the market.

HeatShield insulation panels are installed quickly and easily and designed especially for ComfortTile heat cable. HeatShield panels are laid directly on the subfloor and snapped together using the included small plastic locking keys. Once the panels are laid out, the ComfortTile heating cable is placed directly in the pre-designated grooves. After the cable is placed, flooring is installed on top and there is no need for thin set or mud, reducing installation time and costs. If HeatShield panels are being installed in odd shaped areas, they can be cut easily with a jig saw or a table saw on site.

If the Prodeso membrane system or HeatShield Panels aren’t the right fit for your project, another popular option is Warmzone’s FilmHeat system. This system utilizes an ultra thin heating element that is UL approved and includes a 10 year warranty. FilmHeat is a great value for any home, especially when installing under floating or laminate flooring. FilmHeat is simply cut to size on site, laid out directly under the laminate, and then the electrical connections are secured before finally installing the flooring directly over FilmHeat. FilmHeat has no floor build up and efficiently heats any area. The RetroHeat version of the FilmHeat floor heating system is also a great choice for those looking to install radiant heat under existing flooring. If you can access the joists from below, heating panels are stapled between the floor joists. After the FilmHeat is stapled, Batt insulation is installed over the element to ensure that all the heat goes upward. FilmHeat is a great, affordable choice for any home – and a favorite of those installing floating floors.

Warmzone has many other radiant floor heating options available as well. Warmzone’s low-voltage FloorHeat STEP system features a unique, self-regulating polymer heating element to provide even, energy-efficient, comfortable warmth for hardwood or laminate floors. If your project involves concrete, In-Slab heat cable is an exceptional choice that can be installed directly in the new concrete slab. This durable cable is embedded in the concrete about 1 to 2-inches below the surface to distribute heat evenly across the entire area. FoilHeat is another trusted floor heating option. This system has thin cables that are sandwiched between two layers of reinforced aluminum foil. If you’re looking to heat a large area, a hydronic system that pushes heated liquid through special tubing may be a good choice because of its potential for lower operating costs.

Whatever your floor heating project may be, Warmzone has a proven product to fit your needs and your budget. Customer service specialists are available to help you pick out the perfect product and answer any questions over the phone. Warmzone also has profession system designers who will layout your system and provide all the information needed for your electrician to assure that your system operates efficiently and safely. Free installation training is also available online with an experienced instructor.

If you’re ready for a radiant floor heating system or have more questions, please call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.

Custom Snow Melting Options

Snow melting systems are an efficient, reliable, and easy way to keep your home or business safe and snow free in the winter. Warmzone provides top-quality components that provide versatile options for any customer. With Warmzone, industry leading products like ClearZone snow melting systems can be used in almost any home or business application. Systems can be installed under almost any medium , whether it’s concrete, brick pavers, or even hot asphalt with special snow melting cable, making customization even easier.

Warmzone’s fully automated snow melting systems include a heating element, an activation device, and a contactor panel. These systems use the activation device to detect a set temperature or moisture, and then the contactor panel sends a signal to the embedded heat cable, which begins heating the driveway to ensure it remains free of snow and ice. ClearZone electric snowmelt cable is among the best in the industry, and is available on a roll or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is considered one of the best in the industry not just because of its versatility but its rugged durability, making it a great choice for customized projects.

Heated steps and entryway

One of the first areas people think about when installing a snow melting system is their driveway. There are many options when it comes to heating a driveway. You can heat an entire paved driveway or sidewalk, or have your snow melting system custom designed and tailored to your specifications. Heating an 8 foot strip in the middle of your driveway is an option if you prefer not to heat an entire area, or even have two 24-inch wide tire tracks installed. This is a popular option because of its affordability and low operation costs. Another option for those not wanting to heat an entire area is to simply heat trouble spots. Inclines or shaded areas, or areas where snow drifts tend to form may be ideal for a radiant snow melting system. Heating a high traffic area is also a great option for homes, whether that’s your front sidewalk, your entry stairs, or a specific area of a driveway.

Driveways aren’t the only place that electric snowmelt systems can be installed. Snow melting systems are a great investment for businesses owners. Radiant heat can be installed at outdoor malls to increase safety and keep business steady during cold winter months. Commercial sidewalks as well as entryways are also great places to install snow melting systems to protect customers from wet feet and slipping on ice. Warmzone’s snow melting systems have been installed in large commercial applications for businesses around the country.

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

The level of customization that Warmzone’s snow melting systems offer makes them great for many other applications. State and federal government agencies trust Warmzone electric snow melt systems to keep their buildings warm and safe. Other agencies, such as metropolitan transit authorities also utilize the benefits of industry leading customization to heat train platforms as well as bus stops, enhancing safety for commuters every winter. Warmzone’s snow melting systems are also a great choice to prevent ice and snow buildup on pedestrian bridges and ramps, and are utilized by departments of transportation in states across the country.

With their versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems have also been used in unusual areas such as airports, or to provide safety by eliminating snow and ice on runaway truck ramps. Other unusual applications include industrial facilities or refineries. Whatever application your business has, a Warmzone snow melting system is a great option.

On top of state-of-the-art components and versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems also include industry leading customer service to help you design the perfect system for any home or business. An experienced system designer will help you design the perfect layout to accommodate your needs, using the best products, as well as provide real time installation support. Warmzone provides free installation training services as well, which ultimately saves you time and money in the long run. They’ll stand by you during every step of installation. Warmzone also maintains relationships with top rated installers throughout the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted electrician and installer in your area. Warmzone specialists are happy to help you with any questions, and with industry leading system design services, each radiant heat system can be installed and working at peak efficiency in no time. Warmzone’s ability to customize each system also means that snow melting systems can be configured to meet any budget to ensure you receive exactly what you need at a price that you can afford.

If you still have questions about the many radiant heat options available at Warmzone, call us today at 888.488.9276.

ClearZone Snow Melting Systems

Snow melting systems may not be the first thing on your mind when the weather is beautiful and warm, but spring is a great time to install a snow melting system. There are a lot of options when it comes to snow melting systems, but Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow melting system is one of the best options available on the market today. When you work with Warmzone, choosing and installing an efficient and reliable snow melting system for your home or business is always easy and stress free.

The ClearZone snow melting system is a fully automated system that consists of three main components: the heating cable, an activation device (snow sensor), and a contactor panel. When the temperature hits the set point and precipitation is detected, the sensor signals the contactor panel, and power is sent to the embedded heat cable. These components work together to ensure each snow melting system operates only when needed, to quickly and efficiently melt snow and ice.

Heated pavers at outdoor mall.

The first component; heat cable, is possibly the most important. Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow Melting Cable is an industry leading cable that is trusted for residential and commercial radiant heat installations around the country. ClearZone cable is a high-quality single-point connection twin-conductor cable that is trusted by installers throughout the country. The twin conductor is housed in fluoropolymer insulation, a copper metal sheathing, and then a polyolefin outer casing, making it one of the most durable cables on the market. It can be used under almost any medium- from pavers to concrete, and even hot asphalt applications. The cable is rated at 120-600 volts, and has an output of 12 W /ft.  The cable is also CSA listed for the U.S. and Canada, and comes with a 10- year limited warranty.

ClearZone heating cable is also extremely versatile, available off spools, or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is the best choice for installations that need more installation flexibility, such as oddly shaped areas. It can be easily laid out in any custom shaped area. The cable is available in multiple lengths, and can be customized to meet the specifics of your project, making it easy to heat any area, no matter the shape or size.

ClearZone Radiant Snow melting mats come with heat cable pre-spaced for the demands of the application. These mats are rolled out for quick and easy installation. The mats are also rated at 120-600 V and feature an output of 37 W per foot squared and 50 W per square foot. These mats make installation for large snow melting applications quick and easy.

ClearZone heat cable is also extremely durable. Not only can it be put under pavers or concrete, but a specially designed version can withstand the high heat of a fresh asphalt pour. The external jacket is rated to withstand 460°F for up to 10 minutes. The asphalt is poured directly over the cable (or mats). Snow melting mats can be purchased in lengths of 11, 30, 51, 65, or 80 feet, making mats a great choice for almost any application. (Custom lengths can also be ordered.) ClearZone for asphalt is a good choice for new pours, but driveways or walkways can be retrofitted as well. Both ClearZone cable and mats provide a maintenance free, efficient, and safe way to keep walkways, driveways, parking areas, ramps, or loading docks safely free of snow and ice.

Deciding whether cable or mats are best for your project can be a difficult decision, but when you purchase top of the line products from Warmzone, you also receive industry leading customer service. At Warmzone, customer service begins with a professional designer to help you every step of the way: from picking out the appropriate products, to the layout of your system, to providing installation training and technical support as you begin your install. Warmzone has customer service professionals available to help you any time. These professionals can help you with all the services to help ensure a successful installation. Services include online instructional videos, free installation training, professional system design and personal installation support, Warmzone is with you every step of the way. Working with Warmzone means not only will you receive quality components, but also comprehensive high-quality customer service.

If you have questions about snow melting systems, call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.

Luxury Home Heating Amenities

Spring is finally here, and that means spring cleaning, which is a great time for small in-home projects. There’s no better way to spruce up your home than adding some amenities to keep it warm and welcoming all year long, especially when the weather gets cool. At Warmzone, there are more radiant heat options than heated flooring, and they can be used to enhance your comfort in any area of your home. Warmzone offers useful state-of-the-art bathroom and kitchen amenities that make a spring update or DIY project. Warmzone’s amenities are not only simple to install but can add luxurious comfort to your home life.

One of Warmzone’s popular amenities, especially for kitchens, is the FeelsWarm® Stick-on countertop heaters. This discreet, elegant heating solution keeps any countertop area warm, comfortable and inviting. Warmzone’s FeelsWarm countertop heaters can be installed on kitchen islands, counters, vanities, overhangs, office desks, bars, or even office applications such as reception desks. The thin heating element (only .025-inch thick) sticks to the underside of the counter making install painless, and the perfect day project for any homeowner.

Heated countertop with curved overhang

Each system includes a thermal controller and low-voltage heating element. These heating mats operate with a passive warming system, which means once the heater is activated it slowly warms up the countertop. The heaters are designed to gradually warm the countertops about 20-25 degrees over a period of about 90 minutes. This slow warming process – and lack of temperature pulsing – is a safety feature that prevents shocking the stone.

The countertop heaters with FeelsWarm technology are also very efficient. The cost to operate a 4-square foot countertop heater continuously is about the same as using a 75-watt light bulb, keeping operating costs at a minimum – about 20-25 cents a day.

The heating mats are available in several standard sizes, but customers can also custom order a countertop heating system to fit their unique counters or island. No matter the size or shape of your countertop, these heating mats can be configured to fit angles, curves, or any shape you may need.  Warmzone FeelsWarm Technology is a great way to add safe, comfortable heat to any stone countertop surface.

If your bathroom could use a refresh, another great amenity offered by Warmzone are the Runtal towel warmers and bathroom radiators. These attractive units are energy efficient and aesthetically pleasing, adding luxury and convenience to the bathroom. There are multiple model types and sizes to ensure customers find the best match for their bathroom.

Bathroom radiator with towel warmer

These efficient towel warmers are also designed to provide warmth for bathrooms as well. These radiators are 120 volts, and come with a direct wire installation, or a plug-in version that has a unique five-setting digital control, including a timer for up to 3 hours. Not only do these radiators keep your bathroom and towels warm, but they also offer the benefit of keeping the area dry, reducing the risk of mold and mildew in bathrooms.

Another great option for bathrooms are Warmzone’s ClearMirror™ fog-free bathroom mirrors. These heated mirrors come with a low voltage transformer and a thin, low voltage pad that is mounted on the reverse side of the mirror. These panels slowly heat your mirror to prevent mist and fog from forming, so you can go through your morning routine hassle free. These mirrors also have the option of adding panels of built-in LED lights to add more light to your bathroom. Warmzone’s ClearMirrors are made in the USA, and are designed for installation in vanities, bathrooms and showers.

Fog-free shower mirror with LED lights

When it comes to shower installations, there are options available for any need. Warmzone’s Shower ClearMIrror is a beautiful, simple, practical fog free mirror that is perfect for facial grooming and shaving. This model mounts flush with the shower tile and comes in various sizes. The mirrors are typically wired directly to the bathroom light switch for convenient use. For an even more elegant touch, Warmzone also offers the ShowerLite ClearMIrror. In addition to the mist-free operation, these stunning mirrors include the added benefit of LED light panels built into the sides of the mirror that simulate natural daylight and are rated for 70,000 hours.

Warmzone’s Body ClearMirror or The Grand Body ClearMirror measures at 20×36, with a heated area of 16×30 inches, while the Grand Body ClearMirror is 5 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. Both mirrors include LED lighting and add a luxurious feel to any bathroom. All shower mirrors are mounted flush to the shower surface to ensure a professional look and feel. These mirrors can also be custom modified if homeowners have special requests.

If heating a vanity mirror is a better option, Warmzone also offers the Original ClearMIrror Vanity Mirror, ClearLite Vanity Mirror, or the Studio Series ClearMIrror. The original ClearMIrror is a 120-volt mirror with the defogger attached, and an excellent, affordable option for any homeowner. Warmzone’s ClearLIte Vanity Mirror is perfect for those looking for a more modern look and is installed in high-end hotels all over the world. This unit includes side or top mounted LED panels, and comes in a standard 24×36 size, or can be custom designed. Warmzone’s Studio Series ClearMirrors are a beautiful top-of-the-line option that includes full low-iron glass matting and a surface mounted 18”x 30 x ¼-inch beveled mirror. This mirror can be ordered in multiple colors, and each is custom made to specifications.

If you’re refreshing your home this spring, any of these great home amenities are a quick way to give your home comfortable, stylish warmth. If you have questions, or need help deciding which product is best for your home, call us today at 888-488-9276.

Heat Your Hardwood Floors

One of the best ways to spruce up your home is to upgrade old dated floors. Hardwood is a beautiful, classic choice that will stand the test of time and bring new life into your home. And while you’re upgrading the floors in your home, why not consider upgrading your heating system as well?

While you’re upgrading your home with beautiful new hardwood, how about upgrading your home with luxurious radiant heat as well? Radiant heat is an excellent investment that will keep your home warm for years to come. The systems can be installed to serve as your primary heating source or to complement your existing system by adding comfortable warmth to the most popular areas of your home.

Kids on a heated hardwood floor

Radiant heated floors have many benefits. Floor heating systems provide cleaner, more efficient warmth than forced air systems. Because no blower is required, radiant heat systems operate quietly and no dust or other allergens are circulated throughout the home. Radiant heat is commonly used alongside traditional heating systems to add warmth to specific areas, such as a kitchen, bathroom, or playroom. The systems are easy to customize, not only to heat specific areas, but to accommodate your budget as well. Radiant heat systems are available to any homeowner, whether they are building a new home, remodeling, or adding heat to their current flooring.

When working with Warmzone, there are also options suitable for heating existing floors, including RetroHeat and STEP FloorHeat. These efficient systems require access to the floor joists from below. RetroHeat, the most popular option, features near paper-thin heating elements that are stapled up between the joists, followed by Batt insulation being stapled up over the heating element to drive all the heat upward to warm the floor.

STEP FloorHeat is a low-voltage system that is installed similarly, but utilizes thin, flexible polymer heating panels. Installers can staple through the heating element, simplifying and speeding up the installation process.

Given Warmzone’s large selection of floor heating systems, customers can be assured of being matched with the ideal system for their specific needs. In addition to heating hardwood floors, radiant floor heating systems can be installed under virtually any other type of floor, including tile, marble, engineered wood, laminates, carpet, slate, and more.

Most radiant heat systems are compatible with hardwood flooring, but some types of wood flooring are better suited to radiant heat. These include solid wood floors made from woods such as cherry, walnut, or mesquite, engineered wood flooring, floating floors, or even laminated or engineered floors. When choosing a wood floor for radiant heat, strip flooring can be a better choice than plank, as smaller wood boards contract less.

Most radiant heat systems are compatible with wood flooring, but some types of wood flooring are better suited to radiant heat. These include solid wood floors made from woods such as cherry, walnut, or mesquite, engineered wood flooring, floating floors, or even laminated or engineered floors. When choosing a wood floor for radiant heat, strip flooring can be a better choice than plank, as smaller wood boards contract less.

When considering pairing radiant heat with your new wood flooring, one of Warmzone’s most popular systems is the industry leading ComfortTile. This is one of the most versatile systems, as it is suitable for all standard sub-flooring materials. ComfortTile Radiant heat cable is also safety approved for wet areas, making it a perfect choice to put under your new hardwood kitchen floor. ComfortTile is available in two formats: pre-spaced cable in mats or floor heating cable off the spool. ComfortTile heat cable is top of the line UL/CSA approved twin conducting cable with ground fault protection, and carries a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty. Cables are rated at 120 or 240 volts and have an 1/8- inch diameter. Cable comes on large spools, and is a great choice for custom projects, as any adjustments to spacing can be made during installation. After installation, cables are activated by a thermostat, allowing for quick (30-60 minutes) and efficient floor heating.

For larger areas and quicker installation, ComfortTile heat cable is also available in convenient mats. These mats include the durable radiant heat cable pre-spaced and attached to a fiberglass mesh with adhesive backing. Mats are available in different lengths, and heat an area 24 inches wide. ComfortTile radiant heating mats are also UL listed and come with a 25-year limited warranty. The thin cable results in low profile (3/16-inch) mats that are easy to install when putting in new flooring. Simply roll out the mats, cut the mesh backing as necessary to make turns (avoid cutting the cable itself), and use the adhesive backing to secure the mats to the subfloor. ComfortTile is easy to install, effective, and energy efficient, making it one of the most trusted systems on the market.

Heat hardwood floors with Warmzone's FilmHeat
Heated hardwood floor with cutaway showing FilmHeat floor heating element.

Another trusted option for heating your new hardwood floor is FilmHeat. Warmzone’s FilmHeat heating element is one of the thinnest available and is installed quickly and easily without any floor buildup. FilmHeat is simply cut to fit the appropriate area and attached to the subfloor. This system is also UL approved, and comes with a 10-year warranty. It is available in 24, 36, or 48- inch widths, and 120 or 240 voltage, and only measure .016 inch thick. Warmzone’s FilmHeat system also has no moving parts, making it virtually maintenance free after installation. FilmHeat is one of the most cost-efficient systems, with 99 percent of its energy converted directly into heat. FilmHeat also has lower installation and operation costs, making it a great option for those who may be on a budget when installing new floors.

When installing wood flooring, Warmzone’s assortment of top of the line products assures there is an option for any application. Warmzone also offers customer service that can’t be beat. From the beginning until the end of your project, professionals are available to assist you. Trusted professional designers and engineers work closely with you to pick and design the perfect system, and continue to be available as you get it installed and running. Warmzone has product information, as well as installation tips and guides available online, and may even be able to recommend an experienced radiant heat installer and electrician in your area. Making an investment in new heated floors has never been so easy! For more information, check out information on our floor heating systems , or contact a customer service professional at 888-488-9276.

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