Warmzone Roof Deicing Systems

Low-Voltage, Self-Regulating System Helps to Prevent Damage

Another brutal winter is looming on the horizon. It seems that average snowfalls are increasing while winter temperatures are decreasing for much of the country, and climatologists are predicting heavier than normal snowfall and colder than average temperatures. . Fortunately, there are steps you can take now to deal with brutal winters – especially when it comes to protecting your roof and home from snow and ice damage.

The RoofHeat STEP system features a unique and highly effective low-voltage heating element that can be installed discreetly under shingle or even metal roofs to prevent ice dams from forming and facilitating runoff in roof valleys. The system utilizes a thin polymer heating element that can be nailed and stapled through, and cut on site, facilitating quick, easy installation. The flexible heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication to ensure that the panel is protected against UV rays and other potential damages.

Low-voltage heating element

Installing the RoofHeat STEP roof deicing system along the edge of the roof can eliminate ice dams from forming. Ice dams are by far the biggest culprit when it comes to costly roof and water damage. Ice dams typically form when heat escapes the attic to warm the snow on the roof. There, it melts during the day and trickles down towards the roof edges. Because there is no attic along the roof edges, the roof is colder and the water refreezes near the edge of the roof. Each day more water runs down to this point and accumulates near the roof’s edge to form a considerable dam of ice. As water pools behind the dam, it can seep into small cracks and expand as it refreezes, causing damage to the roof and even finding its way into the home. This is where expensive water damage can take place – often beginning well before the homeowner is aware of any problem.

Warmzone offers an ideal way to protect homes and businesses from water damage. RoofHeat panels feature attractive aluminum panels with self-regulating heat cable. The panels are installed long the roof edge between the waterproof membrane and the shingle. The roof heating panels are supplied in 4-foot lengths and can be cut to length on site. Self-regulating heat cable is channeled through the panel, creating an effective roof deicing system that efficiently warms the roof edges help prevent ice dams from forming. The aluminum panels can also be installed in roof valleys to facilitate runoff.

Features of the RoofHeat STEP Roof Deicing System

  • Panels can be nailed or stapled through (but do not penetrate the bus braids.
  • Low-voltage, self regulating system is extremely energy efficient.
  • Different panel widths are available to heat roof edges, valleys and gutters.
  • The system is fully automated and operates quietly.
  • Heating element comes in rolls that can be installed quickly and easily.
  • The heating element is installed discreetly under the shingles.
  • The versatile heating element can be installed under metal roofs.
  • Warmzone includes professional system design and installation support services. To view a system installation overview, visit the Installing Heated Roofs general overview web page.

Contact a Warmzone representative at 888.488.9276 for more information on our industry leading roof deicing solutions. There are many options available, and Warmzone will design a roof heating system that is tailored to your specific roof heating needs. Call for more information or send us your project details for a free quote.

El Niño Expected to Affect Winter Weather in Northern America

According to climatologists, a colossal weather event is brewing in the Pacific. Every few years, the Earth’s winds shift and the water in the Pacific Ocean gets warmer than usual. This effect, called an El Niño, not only affects winter in the U.S., but can also impact weather on a global scale. According to climatologists, conditions in the central and east-central equatorial Pacific ocean are showing the potential for a record-breaking El Niño weather event. While predicting the weather is still somewhat of a guessing game, scientists are confident that this El Niño is going to impact winter weather in the U.S. – to what extent, we can’t say for certain. But given the current conditions in the Pacific, meteorologists are warning U.S. residents of a potential record-breaking El Niño.

Heated driveway with brick pavers

Fox News reports that the current El Niño, nicknamed Bruce Lee, is already the second strongest on record for this time of year and could be one of the most potent weather changers of the past 65 years. The NOAA’s Climate Prediction Center, stated in its latest forecast release that this year’s El Niño is “significant and strengthening.”

According to the Old Farmer’s Almanac this year’s El Niño will deliver a wetter than normal winter to much of Northern America, as well as impact weather conditions on a global scale. The weather reference book predicts “super cold temperatures with heavier than normal snowfall” for much of the country.

With recent and projected winters of increasingly colder temperatures and heavier precipitation, consumers are searching for reliable, round-the-clock snow removal solutions. Automated heated driveways and snow melting systems have proven to be the answer for many businesses and homeowners.

ClearZone snow melting systems have long served as the best, most trusted method for keeping driveways, sidewalks, ramps and steps free from snow and ice buildup. The snow melting systems feature industry leading heat cable and state-of-the-art snow sensors and controllers combined with professional system design and installation support services.

By teaming with Warmzone, customers have the peace of mind knowing that they are dealing with experienced professionals who go the extra mile in terms of customer service. By providing a detailed AutoCAD of the snow melting system, installers know all the technical information such as power requirements, breaker sizes, etc., prior to any installation taking place. And Warmzone’s dedicated installation support experts are on hand to assist you during the installation process if you need. At Warmzone, we do much more than sell radiant heat systems. We understand that a snow melting system is only as good as its installation. While industry leading heat cable and components are important, they are of little benefit if not installed correctly.

That’s why Warmzone insists on providing unparalleled customer support and installation services. And in addition to receiving your system design and installation support, Warmzone also offers free installation training courses. Installers may call Warmzone and receive personal training online or visit Warmzone headquarters in Salt Lake City to attend training courses in person.

After the training, installers receive a certificate of completion from Warmzone, and future projects can then be referred to those trained installers with experience. This not only helps installers gain more business, but helps homeowners by referring construction professionals who have been trained and are experienced when it comes to installing radiant heat systems.

Given Warmzone’s unmatched customer services and top tier products, it’s no surprise why Warmzone is a favorite among professional builders. So if you’re looking to install a heated driveway – or floors, or roof deicing system – go with the experienced pros who will stand beside you throughout the design and installation process. Installing a radiant heat system is a smart investment in your home, so do it right and go with the friendly professionals you can trust – Warmzone.

For more information about Warmzone products and services, call888.488.9276.

Warmzone Slab Heating Cable

Warmzone’s In-Slab Floor Heating Cable is Tops in Efficiency

If you’re looking for a way to efficiently, effectively heat concrete floors, In-slab radiant heat cable is much less expensive than hydronic radiant heat and much more effective. Designed for installation in new concrete slab applications, this cable can heat a variety of surfaces quickly, from carpet to tile, hardwood and more.

By its very nature, in-slab heat systems require less upfront investment, are much easier to install and feature much quicker response times. Consider hydronic systems–they’ve been around the longest, and are definitely a reliable source of heat. However, these systems rely on a boiler and a network of pex tubing to heat concrete surfaces, making their installation and configuration much more labor and cash intensive. A boiler is also required to heat the water first, before pumping it through a series of pex tubes embedded in the concrete, resulting in a significant pause before the water is warm enough to generate any heat.

Radiant heated floor and roll of In-Slab floor heating cable

Conversely, In-slab radiant heat cables are controlled by a technologically advanced, easy-to-used thermostat with a built in GFCI and an in-floor sensor. And radiant heat cables do not share the same rigidity in design and installation as hydronic Pex tubing does. Extremely bendable, electric radiant heating cable can be bent to fit into tight spots and can be installed to fit the most challenging spaces. Once installed, a turn (or pre-programming) of the thermostat dial allows the system to generate heat within just a few minutes.

Durable, rugged and waterproof, In-slab heating cable is designed to work under a variety of surfaces, wet or dry. The cable produces 10-15 watts per square foot of concrete surface, making it equally perfect for small, custom, residential applications and large commercial jobs. Quick activation times and heat storage within the concrete slab also end up saving you money in the long run. The In-Slab heating system is one of the most efficient floor heating systems available.

If you’re a do-it-yourselfer, choosing electric radiant heat over a hydronic system can also save you some hand-wringing and a few bucks to boot. Laying out of series of Pex tubing for a hydronic system requires some serious planning and coordination as the pipes are assembled, connected and sealed. In addition to In-Slab heat cable that is provided on spools, floor heating cable is also available in easy-to-roll-out mats that can be installed directly under the flooring. Visit Warmzone’s ComfortTile floor heating web pages to learn more about this electric radiant heat cable that can be purchased right off of the spool or in pre-configured mats. It’s another industry leading floor heating solution that can be used to heat a variety of floor surfaces.

Contemplating an electric radiant floor heating system? Be sure to contact Warmzone for more information on the benefits of In-slab and ComfortTile radiant heat cable at 888.488.9276.

Warmzone’s Professional System Design Services are Second to None

Heated floors and heated driveways can take a very little time to coordinate and install with the right company behind you. Warmzone can take all of the guesswork out of your installation with one simple phone call, so you can get back to boating or barbecuing. What makes Warmzone your best bet for radiant heat installation? They offer a vast selection of premiere products at very competitive prices, along with deep industry knowledge, allowing them to quickly assess your needs to deliver the perfection radiant heat system for you.

Professional radiant heat system design

In addition to offering the highest quality radiant heat products, you’ll get unmatched customer service and complete design and engineering services. Unlike your typical big box one-size-fits-all solutions, Warmzone custom designs radiant heated driveways, heated floors, and roof deicing systems to ensure they meet each project’s specific needs. Warmzone understands that regardless of the quality of your system components, a radiant heating system is only as good as its installation. In addition to Warmzone’s personal installation support services, you’ll receive a computer-aided professional system design, giving you all of the specs, from power needs to performance expectations including load calculations, and breaker sizes.

Warmzone’s complementary engineering and design services have set the industry’s gold standard when it comes to accurate, professional system layouts. These technical drawings minimize any issues you may encounter by providing you with all the necessary information prior to any installation taking place. This saves you the time and helps to ensure that your system is installed correctly and performing as advertised.

No matter what your requirements, Warmzone has the experience and expertise to deliver whatever you dare to dream up, whether it be a basic design or custom patio, walkway and steps scribbled on a cocktail napkin over lunch. If you’re not sure what the best solution for your project is, Warmzone can show you the many custom options that are available and walk you through the process from conception to completion. With free quote services, they’re often a good place to start your research, and often the logical place most consumers return to after they’ve shopped around. Warmzone’s dedicated installation support personnel are available to assist you should you have any questions during the installation process. Warmzone also offers free installation training for installers. You won’t find a more dedicated, knowledgeable and helpful staff than that of Warmzone.

At Warmzone, competence and quality win the day, every time. For more information on Warmzone’s system design and engineering services, call888.488.9276.