All posts by Amanda Goldsberry

Proven Roof De-icing Systems

Summer is finally here, and warmer weather means more time for home improvement projects. Taking time during the summer to increase convenience at your home will pay dividends this winter. One of the best products available to increase convenience at your home is a roof de-icing system. Roof de-icing systems grow in popularity each year because of the many benefits they offer home and business owners. Roof de-icing systems can protect the roof from damage.

During the winter months, issues like ice dams or gutter blockage can impact the “health” of your roof, and in some cases, decrease its lifespan. Homes with poorly insulated attics can fall victim to ice dams. These ridges of ice develop at the roof eaves, where runoff trickles down the roof before refreezing at the colder roof edge, resulting in standing pools of water trapped behind the ice dam. Over time, as water seeps into tiny cracks in the shingles or substrate, it refreezes and expands, threatening the integrity of the roof. Ice dams are the single most costly issue when it comes to maintaining a roof because they can ultimately result in water seepage into the home. This moisture can lead to issues like mold and mildew.

Heated roof under shingles
A roof de-icing system installed under the roof shingles of a cabin in a mountain resort town.

Some areas along the roof edge can also be prone to icicles. Some icicles can be hazardous to pedestrian traffic below. Melting icicles can drip on the sidewalk and create slick patches of “black” ice, or sometimes heavy icicles can detach from the roof, becoming dangerous projectiles to those below. Needles to say, this is a nightmare scenario for business owners. To protect your home or business, and enhance safety, there are several, affordable roof de-icing options that are available. As an industry-leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone carries a wide variety of roof de-icing solutions that can be tailored to suit your needs.

Warmzone’s most popular option is self-regulating heat cable. Warmzone carries several variants of self-regulating cable, and each roof de-icing solution can be customized to meet the specific de-icing and budget demands of the customer. The systems are maintenance-free, effective, and energy-efficient.

The cable features rugged outer construction that houses an irradiated conductive core. This self-regulating core allows the heat output to increase as the temperature drops, and decrease when temperatures increase. The roof heating system can be activated automatically or manually.

The flexibility and versatility of self-regulating heat cable make it an ideal choice for heating problem areas of the roof. These areas may include north-facing roof edges, gutters, valleys, and even downspouts. Lining a gutter or the edges of the roof can prevent heavy snow and ice from damaging these areas by providing channels for the runoff. Self-regulating heat cable along gutters, eaves, or edges can also prevent heavy icicles from forming. To prevent ice dams from forming, heat cable can be installed in a zigzag pattern along roof eaves, creating channels whereby the runoff can reach the gutter. Heating roof valleys with self-regulating heat cable also clears the way for roof runoff.

One of the most effective, hence, most popular roof de-icing options is Warmzone’s low-voltage RoofHeat STEP® system. This premier de-icing system features a thin, self-regulating polymer heating panel. This semi-conductive heating element is versatile and can be nailed, stapled, or cut onsite, facilitating easy installation.

The flexible panels are polypropylene fused, which makes them waterproof and protects them from alkaline and salt damage. The thin panels can be discreetly installed under the roof shingles, and can also be safely installed to heat metal roofs. Each section of the de-icing system is controlled by an individual power unit (transformer) that steps down from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). This system is typically installed along roof eaves and roof valleys. The low-voltage heating element is available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch wide rolls.

Low-voltage radiant roof heating element.
The low-voltage roof de-icing heating element (RoofHeat STEP).

Warmzone also offers RoofHeat panels, which feature self-regulating heat cable routed through durable, attractive aluminum panels. RoofHeat panels are extremely efficient, and available in different colors to complement the design of any home. This proven system is another excellent choice for keeping roof eaves and valleys clear of snow and ice.

Existing roofs can also be fitted with roof de-icing. The innovative RetroRoof de-icing system features thin panels that can be installed under roof shingles. The panels have an adhesive on each side so they can be positioned and secured in place under the existing shingles. These panels are an excellent solution for those looking to retrofit their roof, without having to tear out the existing shingles. The system can be installed anywhere on the roof, but is typically installed along the roof edges to prevent ice dams.

Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems can also be combined. One popular custom solution is that of installing the RoofHeat STEP system along the roof eaves while running self-regulating heating cable in the gutters or small trouble spots on the roof. With so many options, you can work with the roof heating professionals at Warmzone to create the perfect custom solution for any home or business.

When working with Warmzone customers receive unmatched support services. Representatives are always available to assist you and answer any questions you have. Professionals will evaluate your de-icing needs and budget to recommend the solution that best suits your needs. Each system is carefully designed, and this professional layout is provided for your installer. This detailed AutoCAD contains all the electrical and layout information needed for installation.

Warmzone also offers free installation training, technical support, and online resources available at any time. The training is a valuable resource that can be completed online via web conference with an instructor. Warmzone may also be able to connect you with a trained electrician or installer in your area. With the largest selection of products and top-notch customer service, Warmzone is the first choice for savvy homeowners. If you’re looking to install a roof de-icing system, contact a friendly roof heating professional today, at 888-488-9276.

Heated Asphalt Driveways

Radiant Snow Melting System for Heating Asphalt Applications

Radiant heat is one of the most popular amenities on the market for home and business owners. Warmzone’s industry-leading products allow any homeowner to heat their home or keep their driveways and walkways clear of snow and ice.

Snow-melting systems are one of the most popular home upgrades today. These state-of-the-art systems are smart investments and help to make winters safer and hassle-free. Warmzone’s ClearZone snow-melting systems eliminate the need for shoveling and applying salt or ice-melt chemicals. Snow-melting systems are exceptionally versatile. Specially designed products are available for installation under any medium, including concrete, pavers, and even fresh asphalt pours.

Installing a heated asphalt driveway
Retrofitting an asphalt driveway with ClearZone radiant snow melting system.

Warmzone’s ClearZone heating cable for asphalt is an industry-leading product that’s designed specifically for the rigorous demands of hot asphalt applications. The asphalt heat cable is rated for a temperature of 464 degrees Fahrenheit (for up to 10 minutes), making it capable of coping with the extreme temperature as well as the compression aspects of hot asphalt installations.

For added versatility, ClearZone heating cable for asphalt is available in pre-spaced mats or can be custom ordered in coils. Mats are effortlessly rolled out onsite and make a first-rate option for heating an entire surface or any standard-sized area. Customers often use mats to install two 24-inch wide tire tracks as well. Another popular option for heating the entire driveway is to install mats to heat an 8-foot strip in the center of a driveway. Using coiled cable gives installers the flexibility to heat any uniquely shaped areas. This flexibility makes it the best choice for heating small or odd-shaped spaces where snow and ice may be a pressing problem – such as shaded areas, inclines, or areas prone to run-off.

ClearZone heating cable for asphalt is part of a fully-automated snow-melting system. When precipitation is detected, and the temperature is below the designated set point, aerial or pavement-mounted sensors will automatically engage the cable to warm the surface and prevent snow from accumulating. The system remains on for a short time after the storm to dry the surface, keeping the area safe from dangerous “black” ice.

Installation is a simple process, but any snow-melting system is only as good as its installation. Regardless of the medium, installers should follow a few basic rules during installation. It is critical to take advantage of Warmzone’s industry-leading customer support services. One of the most valuable services is Warmzone’s free installation training. Installers can take the training course in person or online via web conference. The training is typically completed in less than an hour, but installers can stop and ask their instructor questions at any time.

Even after receiving the installation training, installers may still encounter questions during the installation. That’s way Warmzone’s technical support staff is on hand. Radiant heat experts are available to answer any questions you may have during the installation. Utilizing these services can help prevent stress and save time during installation. Because Warmzone maintains a list of experienced installers and electricians in your area, our customer service specialists may also help you find a qualified, favorably reviewed electrician to wire your system.

Warmzone also provides a detailed AutoCAD design and layout of the system. This layout includes all information needed for your electrician to complete the installation. Each layout contains the number of breakers, their sizes, and proper load calculations, as well as the configuration of the heating elements, components. Referring to your AutoCAD layout often will help to ensure a successful installation.

When preparing for installation, be sure the area is clear of any debris that may damage the heat cable. Once your surface is ready, lay the cable or mats on the area to be heated. To make turns with the heating mats simply cut the tape backing of the mat and route the cable accordingly. (NEVER CUT THE ACTUAL HEAT CABLE.) If there is excess cable, you can decrease the spacing slightly, but remember that the minimum spacing between cables is 2-inches. The cables must never touch, overlap, or cross. It is also essential that heat cable or mats never run through an expansion joint. Once the cable is laid-out, the medium can be applied directly on top. Asphalt often requires tools such as shovels, rakes, or trowels. When using a shovel to spread asphalt, never dig straight into the asphalt. Carefully skimming the top will help avoid damage to the heating cable. The cable should be embedded under at least 2 inches of asphalt.

If you have an existing asphalt driveway, and want the benefit of a snow melting system, don’t despair. Retrofitting the asphalt surface with ClearZone heating cable is easy. Simply lay the cable out over the original layer of asphalt and secure it, then apply new asphalt over the cable. Retrofitting concrete and paver driveways with heat cable is also possible. Call a Warmzone radiant heat expert to learn more.

Following the installation instructions is crucial, but the most important recommendation is to take advantage of Warmzone’s free installation training course. Courses taught by skilled instructors will help to ensure that your project goes smoothly. The training covers all aspects of your installation. Learning from an experienced instructor with valuable knowledge will help you avoid costly mistakes that will affect the longevity of your system.

Warmzone’s array of products and superior customer service make installing snow melting systems a realistic option for homeowners. Materials like specially designed ClearZone heating cable for asphalt make Warmzone an industry leader with options for any customer. No matter what area, medium, or budget, Warmzone has you covered. If you’re ready to learn more about asphalt heating cable or other specialty radiant heat solutions from Warmzone, call and speak to a customer service professional today at 888-488-9276.

Make Life Easier with a Spring Installation

Winter is coming to a close and spring will be here soon. Radiant heat may not be the first thing you think about when it comes to spring, but there is no better time to install a new radiant heat system. Springtime weather is typically more accommodating for installers, and allows you to beat the summer rush. Additionally, you may be able to find better discounts during the early spring.

Don’t wait to start enjoying the many benefits of radiant heat. Install heated floors, heated driveways, a roof de-icing system, or even heated countertops with Warmzone’s state-of-the-art products. Spring installations can be more convenient for home and business owners. Struggling to find a contractor during the construction boom that happens every summer and fall can be hard, and finding one who can work on your schedule can be exasperating. Purchasing your product in spring also means greater availability, so you can rest assured that you will have the heating system for your needs. No matter what project you have, or the product you are looking for, spring is a great time to start.

Floor heating systems are a popular option year-round, providing clean, energy-efficient comfort. The comfort of a heated floor is perfect for coming in after an icy snowstorm, or for that cozy feeling while watching a spring shower. Floor heating is also helpful for those months when pollen and allergens are high. Radiant heat does not circulate dust and allergens like a forced-air system. Instead, heat from the floor rises and silently and efficiently heats the entire area.

Warmzone offers some of the most trusted, advanced systems on the market. Versatile ComfortTile® floor heating cable is available on spools or in mats and installs easily under just about all types of floor surfaces. Another great option is RetroHeat™, which can be installed under existing flooring by simply accessing the floor joists. FilmHeat™ is an almost paper-thin heating element that is an ideal choice for floating floors, and low-voltage FloorHeat STEP® features a self-regulating polymer heating element that is another popular choice for heating hardwood. FilmHeat and FloorHeat STEP require no floor build-up and are easily rolled out over the subfloor during installation. Simply put, Warmzone offers perhaps the largest selection of floor heating systems on the market.

A heated paver driveway.
Paver driveway with radiant snow melting system.

Snow-melting systems are also a great choice for spring installation. Being prepared for winter will provide reassurance and avoid the nuisances that come with the busy summer season, not to mention the rigors of shoveling snow. Snow-melting systems are easy to customize, and can be installed in driveways, walkways, patios, or almost any outdoor space. Snow melting systems are also a prudent choice for business owners. They are great for protecting employees and customers when installed in walkways or areas such as ramps and loading docks. Warmzone’s range of electric snow-melting products includes heating elements that can be installed under concrete, pavers, or even asphalt. ClearZone heating cable and mats lead the industry by providing easy-to-install, energy-efficient heat. Snow melting systems are fully automated and require virtually no maintenance. After a quick installation this spring, you will be enjoying clear, safe sidewalks and driveways every winter.

Roof de-icing is another spring project to prepare for the winter ahead. Snow and ice can build up, freeze, and re-freeze during the winter season. Water freezing and thawing behind ice dams can lead to extensive and expensive roof damage. Warmzone offers several proven roof de-icing products to help keep your roof and home safe from water damage. Self-regulating heat cable can be used on roof gutters, downspouts, edges, or rooftops. Warmzone’s cable is durable and self-regulating. This means when temperature decreases or precipitation increases, the system will automatically activate and clear the roof of ice and snow. The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP de-icing system is another industry-leading self-regulating roof de-icing option. The heating element is a thin polymer that can be installed under shingles and nailed or stapled through during installation. Easy-to-work-with products like RoofHeat STEP and self-regulating heat cable not only can protect your roof from ice dams and snow build-up, but help ensure that your spring project is quick and easy.

Warmzone has each of its industry-leading products available so you can begin your spring project when you are ready. Dedicated customer service specialists can help determine which products are the best fit for your project, and connect you with a local installer if needed. Each system purchased with Warmzone includes a professional system design to assure easy, efficient installation. Warmzone also offers free installation training for installers. Support throughout the installation is another unique benefit available from Warmzone. Whatever questions there are during installation, a Warmzone expert can help you. Moving forward with a radiant heat project this spring can also mean discounts on products that may have less availability during the busy summer months. Reap the benefits of being an early bird and get your radiant heat project started this spring! Call and speak to a Warmzone professional today at 888-488-9276.

Warmzone – The Complete Radiant Heat Provider

The housing market across America is booming, and many homeowners are finding this to be the perfect time to add luxurious updates like radiant heat to their homes. Radiant heat’s versatility makes it a perfect upgrade for many common household issues. Are you tired of shoveling snow from slick walks and driveways? Are forced-air heating systems aggravating your allergies or leaving you cold? Radiant floor heating systems can change that.

Warmzone is an industry leader with one of the largest selections of radiant heat products and services available. Warmzone’s industry-leading products can be used to create a custom heating or snow melting solution for any home or business.

Installing heated floor under tile

Warmzone’s diverse selection of floor heating products makes it possible to heat any room in the home. Warmzone’s ComfortTile heating cable is a trusted system found in homes across America. ComfortTile heat cable is available in spools or mats and is a popular choice for many installations. Heat cable off spools makes a great choice for odd-shaped areas or custom applications. If installing radiant heat in bathrooms or other spaces exposed to water, using the Prodeso membrane with the ComfortTile heat cable is an outstanding option. The Prodeso uncoupling, crack isolating, and waterproofing product has pre-engineered channels for the heating cable. It is ideal for indoor and outdoor applications.

Warmzone’s floor heating product lineup also includes RetroHeat, a thin heating element for installing under existing floors. The heating panels are simply stapled up between the floor joists, and batt insulation is then applied to direct all of the heat upward, warming the floor. Warmzone offers many other efficient floor heating systems, assuring that every customer finds the perfect product to fit their specific flooring and heating needs.

Warmzone’s extensive product lineup also includes solutions for harsh winter weather. Snow-melting and roof de-icing systems are easy, efficient ways to prevent snow and ice on driveways, sidewalks, or roofs and gutters. Damage from snow and ice buildup is a liability for home and business owners, and can lead to costly repairs. Installing a radiant heat system for your outdoor needs is easy and enhances safety, and helps to eliminate labor and wintertime stress.

Warmzone has multiple energy-efficient, easy-to-install products to meet the roof de-icing needs of any home. Two of the most popular roof heating options are self-regulating heat cable and the unique low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system. Self-regulating heat cable is available in a variety of standard and custom lengths. RoofHeat STEP features thin, flexible panels (available in multiple lengths) that installers simply roll out to install. These de-icing products will assure rooftops, gutters, eaves, valleys or any troublesome areas of the roof are clear of snow and ice. Self-regulating heat cable can be routed through gutters and downspouts, or zig-zagged along roof eaves to prevent ice dams by creating channels for runoff. The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system’s polymer heating elements can be installed directly under roof shingles or metal roofs to prevent snow buildup. Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems can also be combined to create a custom de-icing solution for each situation.

Heated pavers at outdoor mall.
Heated pavers at outdoor mall.

Snow-melting systems can also easily be customized. Warmzone’s ever-popular ClearZone snow melting system is available in cables or easy to roll out mats. This proven snow melting system can be installed under almost any medium, including concrete, brick or stone pavers, or even hot asphalt. ClearZone electric heating cable’s rugged, energy-efficient construction and reliable performance make it an industry leader. ClearZone heating cable is ideal for any snow-melting needs, and the option of cable or mats makes customization and installation easy. Warmzone’s trusted snow-melting products will ensure reliable, maintenance-free, automated snow melting on driveways, ramps, steps, and more. An expert from Warmzone can help determine which products and design best suits the application. Warmzone also offers hydronic radiant heat systems. Depending on your needs, Warmzone will recommend the best solution for your heating and snow melting needs. No matter what radiant heat solution you’re searching for, Warmzone has one of the largest selections of trusted products to choose from.

With Warmzone you also receive exceptional, industry-leading customer service. From the minute you first speak to a Warmzone expert to after the installation is finished, Warmzone offers customer support. Professional designers provide a custom layout of each system, which also includes all of the technical and electrical information for your installers. These custom designs allow for quick and efficient installation. Once the design is ready, installation support services are available. If an installer is needed, Warmzone can help find a certified installer in your area. Free installation training can also be taken online or in-person. A staff of experts also remains on hand should installers need to call during the installation. Even after the thorough training, sometimes questions arise during the installation. Warmzone is happy to stand beside you throughout the process to help ensure your installation goes smoothly.

As a leader in customer support services, Warmzone is committed to helping its customers and ensuring that every installation is completed quickly and correctly. Home and business owners can feel confident that every radiant heat system will perform as intended for years and years to come. Warmzone’s customer support services and state-of-the-art products make it an easy choice. Warmzone assures that all the groundwork is complete so that adding radiant heat to any home is simple, easy, and worry free. Warmzone’s extensive product selection and outstanding customer service simply can’t be found anywhere else. Everything a home or business owner needs is available at Warmzone. If you would like to learn more about Warmzone’s comprehensive radiant heat offerings, call and speak to a friendly representative today at 888-488-9276.

Introducing the RetroRoof De-icing System

December is finally here. That means temperatures are dropping and snow will soon be falling. As beautiful as snow can be, it can also pose problems for homeowners. Perhaps the most prominent and troublesome challenges are those you can’t see – up on the roof.

The greatest potential for problems comes as a result of ice dams. An ice dam forms when snow melts at higher points on the roof, runs down, and refreezes when it reaches the colder eaves. Warm air that has escaped into the attic warms the bottom layer of snow on the roof, which runs down to the eaves. This water refreezes because there is no warm air under the eaves, causing a ridge of ice to form.

As the ridge of ice grows, water reaches the “dam” and pools behind it. When it refreezes and expands, tiny imperfections in the roof can be exploited. This is why ice dams have the potential to cause problems both to the roof and inside the home. Water may eventually seep inside the house, leading to interior water damage. If undiscovered, this can even be the cause of mold and mildew developing in the home. This is worst case scenario, but homeowners should be aware of potential problems so they can take steps to reduce or eliminate the need for costly repairs.

RetroRoof heating elements under shingles

One preventive measure includes checking your attic insulation. Do what you can to prevent heat from escaping from the home into your attic. Also, inspect your roof every spring and fall. Keep the gutters and downspouts free of obstructions, such as small branches and leaves. If you notice snow and ice buildup in the same place every year, it may be time to consider installing a roof de-icing system.

Warmzone offers a variety of proven roof de-icing systems. The latest technology to be added to Warmzone’s reputable line of roof heating solutions is the RetroRoof de-icing system.

RetroRoof is one of the most advanced roof de-icing systems available today. It affords homeowners the option of discreetly adding a roof de-icing system to an existing roof. The thin heating panels feature adhesive strips on the top and bottom of the element, so it can be safely secured under the existing shingles. The system can also be installed in new construction applications, making RetroRoof an excellent solution for ice dam prevention on both new and existing roofs.

RetroRoof systems are designed to make it easy to add heat to existing roofs. The system’s modular design allows the installer to plug the heating panels together to keep entire areas free from snow and ice buildup. To install the heating panel, no nailing is required. Simply lift the shingle slightly, remove the underside release liner and secure the heating element underneath. Then remove the top side release liner and press down to seal the element to the next course of shingles. The innovative de-icing panel is now permanently and discreetly attached to the roof.

RetroRoof’s ease of installation and efficient performance makes them an excellent choice for any roof de-icing project. And remember, the RetroRoof system can be installed in new construction as well as retrofit applications. The heating elements effectively warm areas to keep them free of snow and ice. Installing the system under shingles along the roof edges is an ideal way to prevent ice dams and other ice/runoff problems from forming. RetroRoof offers a quick solution to any roof snow or ice problems.

RetroRoof panels are ETL Intertek listed and come with a 15-year limited warranty. The panels are easy to work with, and weigh less than 7 ounces per foot. RetroRoof de-icing systems are available in 120V and 240V, as well as various standard lengths. Certified to stand up to 110 MPH winds, and completely waterproof, RetroRoof panels are designed to weather Mother Nature’s worst storms. The flexibility and performance make RetroRoof panels an outstanding choice for heating almost any area of the roof.

RetroRoof heating element
A strip of the RetroRoof de-icing panel.

RetroRoof systems are also compatible with Warmzone’s other industry-leading roof de-icing systems. Warmzone offers self-regulating heat trace cable that can be installed along roof edges or in gutters and downspouts to prevent freezing and gutter damage. These cables are easy to install, flexible, and affordable. The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system is another outstanding option for homeowners. This premier system features a thin, self-regulating polymer heating element available in multiple widths. RoofHeat STEP is ideal for heating roof edges, and also a popular choice for heating roof valleys. It can be cut onsite and stapled or nailed through.

Warmzone’s RoofHeat aluminum panels feature attractive aluminum panels with pre-engineered channels for self-regulating heat cable. While not as discreet as RetroRoof, these panels are available in multiple finishes to boost the curb appeal of any home. The aluminum design also allows for maximum heat transfer across the entire panel. Warmzone de-icing systems also include an automated controller to safely and efficiently clear snow and ice before problems arise.

Combining any of these systems with Warmzone’s advanced RetroRoof de-icing panels allows home and business owners to create a comprehensive de-icing system specifically for their needs. A Warmzone professional will help you create a roof de-icing system that considers every aspect of your project and your budget. From professional design to installation training and support, customer service is all-inclusive at Warmzone. If you have more questions about Warmzone roof de-icing systems, call a Warmzone professional today at 888-428-9726.

Questions About Installing a Snow Melting System?

Installing a snow melting system is one of the best ways to give any home or business a much-needed upgrade this fall. An industry-leading snow melting system from Warmzone is an investment that will enhance safety and convenience each winter. Without the hassle of back-breaking shoveling, any homeowner can stay warm and toasty during winter storms, while pedestrian traffic remains safe.

With multiple options suitable for any application or medium, making the right choice can be tough. At Warmzone, exceptional customer service means anticipating questions and concerns that customers have. If you’re thinking about adding a radiant heated driveway to your home or business, please call a friendly radiant heat expert today at 888-488-9276. Also, check out these frequently asked questions about snow melting systems.

How do heated driveways work?
Heated driveways are an energy-efficient, environmentally friendly way to keep any driveway free of snow and ice. Warmzone’s heated driveway systems are fully automated, and include a heating element, activation device, and controller. This means that the snow melting systems only operate when weather conditions warrant. When the activation device (either a pavement-mounted snow sensor or an aerial-mount sensor) detects moisture, and the temperature is below the set point (usually 39°F), it signals the system controller. The controller then sends power to the heating element that is embedded in the driveway. The heated area will begin to warm, preventing any snow accumulation.

What are my layout options?
Warmzone has an array of trusted products and endless customization options to suit the needs of any home or business owner. Based on your budget and performance needs, Warmzone’s professional designers will create a custom configuration, utilizing the best components for your project. ClearZone heat cable is the trusted option for keeping driveways, sidewalks, ramps, steps, and more clear of snow and ice. The versatile heat cable is available off spools or pre-spaced in mats for quick and easy “roll-out” installation. ClearZone snow melting systems are proven systems that have been installed in residential and commercial applications throughout the country.

Heated driveway

Warmzone professionals can customize your snowmelt system to meet virtually any layout requirement, as well as accommodate your budget. When working with Warmzone, you have a wide range of options for your snow melting needs. For example, instead of heating your entire driveway, you may prefer heating only an 8-foot wide strip in the middle of the driveway. Or you can install two 24-inch wide tire tracks for the length of the driveway. You may also choose to only heat trouble areas, such as inclines, or a section of the driveway that is always shaded, or areas with high-traffic. Warmzone professionals have decades of experience designing custom radiant heat systems that meet the specific requirements of our customers. Whatever your snow melting needs and budget are, Warmzone professionals will create the ideal system for your project.

Is installation difficult?
Snow melting systems are not difficult to install, but it is vital to have a qualified electrician wire the system (to ensure that the warranty remains valid). Keep in mind that a snow melting system is only as good as its installation, so take advantage of Warmzone’s industry leading customer support services, such as the free installation training and technical support. Radiant heat experts are available anytime for questions, and instructional videos are also available online to assist you during installation. Taking advantage of these services will prevent stress and save time during installation.

Following proper installation techniques help to ensure that radiant heat systems perform as intended. Here are some basic guidelines when installing a snow melting system:

Never cut or alter the heating element.
ClearZone snow melting mats may be cut to size and trimmed on-site, but do not cut the actual cable. If there is extra cable, utilize it by decreasing spacing (minimum spacing is 2-inches) or routing cable around the perimeter within the heated area. To make turns, cut the tape backing of the mat (not the cable) and then route the cable accordingly.

Heat cables must never touch, cross, or overlap.
Touching cables will cause cable burnout due to excessive heat. Always maintain a minimum spacing of at least 2 inches.

Use special care when working around the heating cable.
Tools such as trowels, shovels, or rakes can damage cable. If possible, avoid using steel trowels, and take care when using shovels during concrete or asphalt installations.

When working with concrete, heat cable must be attached to remesh with zip ties or cable strapping.
Use Mesh-Up support chairs for the remesh and then secure the heat cable to the remesh. This helps to prevent the cable from being pushed down by the weight of the concrete pour. The heat cables should be about 2-inches below the driveway surface for optimum performance.

Heating cable should never pass through or cross an expansion joint.
Heat cable must be ¾ to 1-inch from the bottom of a control joint and isolated to a single pour area. When installing in concrete, never run the cable through an expansion joint.

What are the power requirements?
Warmzone’s automated snow melting systems only run when conditions warrant, so they are very efficient. Prior to the installation, have a qualified electrician evaluate the available power. Typically, homes have either a 100 or 200 amp breaker panel. For most snow melting systems, one 30-amp breaker is enough to heat a 170 square-foot area. That means heating 350 square feet requires two 30-amp (or one 60-amp) breakers. If the power at your home is insufficient, it is still possible to reap the benefits of a snow-melting system.

Warmzone designers can employ a technique called zoning. The area to be heated is divided into individual zones. Power is sent to each zone separately to optimize available power. Warmzone also offers a new sequencer that will “bounce” power from zone to zone. This sequencing allows larger areas to be heated almost simultaneously with a minimal increase in melt time. This technology is far more efficient than traditional prioritized zoning. With Warmzone’s industry-leading technology, any home or business can enjoy an automated snow melting system.

How much do heated driveways cost, and what are the operating costs?
Warmzone designs snow melting systems according to ASHRAE standards, whereby the average temperature and snowfall of each location is taken into consideration. This ensures that Warmzone snow melting systems are effective and cost-efficient. For an average snowstorm, the operating cost of a radiant heat system is usually less than what you’d pay for a professional snow removal service. Keeping areas free and clear of snow each year is no longer a chore, and can save you a great deal of time and stress. Radiant heat for snow melting also extends the life of concrete driveways and walkways. Abrasive snow removal methods, chemicals, or salt are no longer necessary, keeping concrete looking new for years to come. Determining approximate operating costs can also be done with a simple calculating operation costs formula.

What kind of support services does Warmzone offer?
Warmzone prides itself on its premier customer service offerings. Working with Warmzone starts with professional design services for every client. An experienced radiant heat system designer will work hard to consider every aspect of your project in order to meet your snow melting needs and your budget. Customers will receive a detailed AutoCAD that provides all the necessary information needed before installation. The layout, materials, and all electrical information such as load calculations, number of breakers, and breaker sizes are all included.
Warmzone also offers free installation training and technical support for installers. Professionals are available to answer questions anytime and training is available online via web conference, or in person. You can also access the wealth of online resources Warmzone has available. Whatever you need, Warmzone’s dedicated and trusted experts will provide superb customer service through every step of the process.

For more information, call a friendly radiant heat expert today, at 888-488-9276.

Keeping Your Roof Safe, and in Good Condition

Roofs are an integral part of any home or business, but maintenance during the hazardous winter months can be difficult. Cold weather, snow, and ice can lead to many dangerous liability issues for homes and businesses. Dripping water can cause icicles and black ice on walkways, leading to injuries and liability issues. And ice dams along roof eaves can eventually lead to roof damage.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms when snow and ice melt and then refreeze on a roof. Heat from the attic can warm the roof and melt the bottom layer of snow. The runoff trickles toward the roof’s edge where it hits the cold eaves that cause it to refreeze. As it freezes, it forms a small ridge of ice. As addition water reaches this ridge, it also freezes, resulting in an ice dam that prevents water from draining properly. Once the dam is formed the melted snow is trapped, and pools behind the dam. The water can seep underneath your shingles and freeze again, threatening the integrity of your roof. Over time, roof damage can result, which may lead to additional problems inside the home. Seepage can find its way into the house where it may bring about costly problems, such as mildew or mold.

Heated roof edge

The most efficient solution for ice and snow problems on any property is a roof de-icing system. Warmzone offers two of the industry’s most efficient and trusted de-icing solutions: the RoofHeat STEP low-voltage roof de-icing system and the RoofHeat self-regulating heat trace cable. Both systems are operating in residential and commercial structures throughout the country.

When looking for roof de-icing options, determining the best products depends on the size, type, and construction of the roof, as well as regional weather conditions and performance requirements of the system. Taking these factors into consideration will help to ensure that correct components are used and installed correctly.

Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable is an industry-leading product that is an affordable option for any home or business. Its superior construction makes it safe, effective, and energy efficient—the three key qualities of any roof de-icing system. Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable is UL recognized under appliance classification file E 76498 and meets NEC codes section 426a, and also comes with 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects. The self-regulating cable features a durable UV stabilized outer casing built to withstand harsh winter weather conditions. The heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that regulates the heat output, increasing output as the outside temperature falls, and decreasing output as the temperature rises. Roof de-icing systems with self-regulating heat trace cable offer homeowners an affordable solution for heating roof edges, gutters, downspouts, and more. Installing a heat trace cable system is the ideal choice for those with a tighter budget.

Each self-regulating heat trace cable system consists of cable, a thermostat, and an activation device so that owners can operate the systems manually or set them to be fully automated. Running the heat cable along gutters and downspouts provides an excellent means for facilitating runoff, while keeping gutters free from the damaging effects of heavy snow and ice buildup. Using heat trace cable to heat specific trouble spots and roof valleys is also a cost-effective choice that will facilitate proper drainage. Warmzone’s roof heating cable is also consistently recommended for heating roof edges to prevent damage from ice dams and frost erosion. Heat cable is easily installed on roof edges. It is attached with special roof clips in a zigzag pattern along the entire edge of the roof eave. To create drip channels, the cable is installed to overhang an extra 5-inches on roofs with gutters, and 2-inches for roofs without gutters. Heat trace cable is also a great choice for pipe tracing in commercial or industrial applications to prevent pipes from freezing.

Heat trace cable system overview

The RoofHeat STEP low-voltage system from Warmzone is the premier roof de-icing solution for almost any application – including metal roofs. Not only is it one of the most trusted and comprehensive roof heating systems available, but it is a perennial favorite of roofing professionals. Rather than cable, RoofHeat STEP’s heating element is a thin (3/64-inch thick), semi-conductive, polymer heating panel that is polypropylene fused during fabrication to increase its durability, making it waterproof and protecting it from alkaline or salt damage. The element is a discreet, flexible panel that is installed directly under shake, asphalt shingles, or even metal roofs. The lightweight (.23 pounds per foot) heating element can also be cut onsite, nailed and stapled through, and is also available in multiple widths (3, 6, 9, and 12 inches). All these factors make installation quick and easy for any rooftop. RoofHeat STEP also comes with a 10-year warranty against manufacturing defects.

The low-voltage system is also self-regulating, and utilizes transformers to operate the system. Each section of the roof is connected to a transformer that will step down from high to low voltage (60 volts or less), and monitor the heat output to the self-regulating heat element to allow for optimal performance. An automatic sensor will detect precipitation and temperature to trigger the control panel, which then sends power to each section. This system setup will assure any roof is heated accurately, evenly, and cleared of snow and ice, while being extremely energy efficient. RoofHeat STEP is a great choice for any home or business, but is better at clearing snow from large areas or entire sections of the roof than self-regulating heat trace cable. It is especially effective at preventing ice dams, and will also keep roof eaves, valleys, or trouble spots completely clear of snow and ice.

The preferred activation device for this de-icing system is the advanced STEP Touch Thermostat. This industry-leading advanced thermostat has a beautiful, modern design sure to please any homeowner. Simple to use with only two-control functionality, it is maintenance free and will work perfectly with the low-voltage system, or any radiant heat system from Warmzone. It has a 3-digit LED display, interfaces with smart-home systems, and has a permanent memory that will recover all settings in the event of a power failure.

An automated roof de-icing system like RoofHeat STEP is key for effective and efficient roof de-icing and preventing hazards at homes and businesses. When working with Warmzone, each de-icing system is custom designed to meet the customer’s budget and de-icing needs. Professionals will consider each aspect of your roof, such as layout, roof medium, budget, and other factors to find the solution that gives you the best roof de-icing system.

In addition to providing a professional layout/design of the roof heating system, Warmzone also offers free installation training and technical support during installation. Customer service professionals from Warmzone are available to assist with any questions to assure installation goes off without a hitch.

If you would like more information about Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems, reach out to us today and speak to a customer service professional at 888-488-9276.

Electric and Hydronic Snow Melting Systems

Spring is here and now is a great time to install a radiant heated snow melting system to prepare for the winter ahead. By installing a system now, rather than during the fall rush, you may receive some added discounts.

There are two types of snow melting systems, and it helps to understand the two technologies. Both electric and hydronic systems provide clean, efficient radiant heat, but one is likely to be more ideal than another for your specific needs.

Heated paver driveway
An electric ClearZone snow melting system installed under pavers for a heated driveway.

Hydronic radiant heat works by heating specialized liquid that consists of water and propylene glycol (anti-freeze). This liquid is circulated though a closed loop of special PEX tubing installed underneath the surface. The PEX tubing is flexible, and can be installed in common applications, including concrete, pavers, and asphalt. The tubing is designed to resist chemicals and corrosion, making it extremely durable and long lasting.

The liquid is heated by a traditional water heater or boiler. Because a boiler can operate on natural gas, hydronic systems have the potential for lower operating costs than electric systems, especially if you are heating a large commercial area. Like electric heated driveways, hydronic systems are triggered by an aerial or in-ground sensor that activates the system when it detects the temperature is at or below the set-point (usually 39°F), and precipitation is present, allowing for automated snow melting to keep driveways and sidewalks clear of snow and ice. When considering a hydronic snow melting system, it’s important to consider that the system requires its own dedicated mechanical room. Hydronic radiant heat systems are considerably more complex than their electric counterparts, and as such, these systems also have a much higher installation cost.

If you’re looking for a hassle-free system for heating a residential driveway, steps, or sidewalk, an electric ClearZone snow melting system may be the right fit for you. Electric snow melting systems have become the most popular choice for homeowners and businesses in recent years. In fact, some contractors estimate that over 90 percent of homeowners choose an electric snow melting system for their needs.

ClearZone electric snowmelt systems heat the driveway or sidewalk with a rugged line-voltage cable that is available in individual lengths or pre-spaced in mats. Depending on the system layout, the heat cable is generally spaced 3 or 4 inches apart. The cable is connected to a power source as well as the aerial or in-ground sensor that triggers the system.

ClearZone heat cable can be installed under any medium, including asphalt, pavers, and concrete. (A special asphalt heating cable is available for installation in hot asphalt applications.) Warmzone ClearZone systems are relatively easy to install. Because of the simple design of the system, and the single-point connection cable, it can be installed quickly and easily.  ClearZone snow melting systems also have one of the fastest response times on the market, and produce 35-50 watts per square foot (depending on your system). Any sidewalk, driveway, or walkway with a ClearZone system will remain clear as soon the snow falls.

Another great advantage of an electric snow melting system is that they require no maintenance. While other radiant heat systems may have moving parts and require maintenance, a Warmzone ClearZone system has no moving parts, making it extremely reliable as well as maintenance free. Electric systems do not require a separate mechanical room like hydronic, making them a good choice for those who may not have extra room. Electric systems also have a lower initial cost than hydronic systems.

Whatever system you choose, an electric or hydronic snow melting system from Warmzone will be carefully designed to meet your specific layout and snow melting needs. Both hydronic and electric radiant heat systems are fully automated, so they only operate when needed. This adds to the efficiency of the systems. A snow melting system can also add value to your home or business and protect you and your driveway from any costly damage – while greatly enhancing safety. Using chemicals and salt can cause damage to your driveways and walkways, as well as surrounding landscapes. A snow melting system is a long term investment in safety and and convenience.

When working with Warmzone, you’ll receive top notch customer service. Every snow melting system from Warmzone is custom designed for you by a design professional, and can be configured in any way. If you would rather heat only high traffic areas, tire tracks, or certain steps or walkways, a Warmzone professional will assure that the system is designed for optimum performance and efficiency.

Free installation training is provided as well as expert technical support if you need. If you’re ready for a snow melting system, or would like assistance in making an informed decision on which system is best for your home, contact a Warmzone professional today at 888-488-9276.

About Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is an amenity that can increase comfort and convenience in any home. With its ever growing popularity, many people are looking to see if radiant heat is a good fit for their home or business. Like any home improvement, there are pros and cons to consider when considering radiant heat.

To understand the pros and cons of radiant heat, it’s important to understand what radiant heat is, and how it works. Radiant heat comes in two forms: hydronic and electric. Hydronic radiant heat sends specially treated hot water through durable Pex tubing underneath the floor. Electric radiant heating systems use a network of conductive material placed underneath the floor to heat the room.

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

Electric radiant heat is becoming an increasingly popular choice. These systems are much easier to install and are ideal for heating specific areas or rooms. Electric floor heating systems generally use a heating cable (off the spool or pre-spaced cable in mats) or thin heating panels. The heating element is connected to a thermostat, and each room or zone can be controlled separately, giving you precise, efficient control over your heating system.

Radiant heat differs from conventional heating because it heats objects (like the floor) as opposed to air. The room warms from the floor up. The floor heat spreads to objects in the room, such as furniture and fixtures, which ultimately provides comforting warmth for the room. This dispersal method allows for consistent heat throughout any room.

A Few Advantages of Radiant Heat

Energy Efficient

Radiant heat is an extremely energy-efficient choice, especially when compared to traditional HVAC systems. All the heating in the home radiates upward from the floor, keeping more of the heat where you need it most. With a radiant heating system, you can lower the temperature by a few degrees and still enjoy a nice warm room, reducing the utility budget. Unlike forced-air systems, there is no hot air being wasted by blowing from vents and rising to the ceiling. Radiant heat systems are also room specific, and there is virtually no wasted energy. Heat transfers efficiently from the floor through to other objects. Each room can be heated according to your precise needs, allowing for even greater savings on monthly utility bills.

Consistent, Even Heating

An HVAC system blows warm air throughout the home, but this warm air doesn’t heat the home uniformly, leaving cold and hot spots. With radiant heat, the heat rises evenly from the flooring, warming the entire room. This uniform heat provides luxurious warmth throughout the room, eliminating cold spots.

Hypoallergenic

Radiant heat is also hypoallergenic. HVAC systems not only blow air, but also blow dust, allergens, and other particles that may be trapped in the ducts. With radiant heat, this is not a concern. This advantage is great for the small children, the elderly, or those who struggle with allergies or other health issues.

Easy Installation

Radiant heat is a great choice for new construction homes or homes undergoing a remodel. Simply purchase a radiant heat system, and install before laying flooring. A professional at Warmzone can help identify the best system and layout for any home’s needs. Electric floor heating systems are also very easy to customize, so they can be installed to heat small rooms and areas if you’re looking to supplement your existing heating system.

RetroHeat installed to heat existing tile floor

If considering radiant heat for an existing home, options like RetroHeat from Warmzone are available to keep installation quick and simple. Many homeowners don’t realize that radiant heat can be installed under existing floors – without the need for major remodeling. If you have asses to the floor joists (through a basement or crawl space), you can install the RetroHeat floor heating system. The thin panels are stapled up between the joists and then batt insulation is stapled up over the heating elements to direct all of the heat upward to warm the floor. This is an affordable option for heating existing floors without the need of replacing or tearing out any flooring. RetroHeat can be installed under almost any existing flooring by accessing the floor joists.

Quiet

Radiant heat systems are not only energy efficient, but also almost completely silent when operating. HVAC systems create noise when turning on and off to regulate temperature, but radiant heat makes no noise at all, making it a great choice for any home.

If you’re wondering what the catch is with radiant heat, here are a few more aspects to consider when before installing a radiant heat system.

Other Considerations

Depending on the system you install, one possible disadvantage is that it may result in some floor build up (raising the floor slightly). Several electric systems cause no floor buildup, but this is not true of all systems. Most radiant heat systems are extremely low profile, so the buildup is virtually unnoticeable. However, it is important for your contractor to know the specifics of the floor heating system you are considering. There are many floor heating options available from Warmzone that cause little or no floor build up, so talk with a Warmzone floor heating expert to learn what options are best for you.

Perhaps the biggest question for home or business owners is how much does radiant heat cost? While the initial cost of radiant heat can seem high, it is a great investment that can save money over the life of any home by reducing utility costs. (Learn more about How Much a Radiant Heated Driveway Costs.)

Radiant heat is also a great way to increase the value of a home. If cost is a concern, radiant heat can also be custom installed to only heat certain rooms that could use some additional heat. A Warmzone customer service professional can help you find the right system to best meet the needs of your household, as well as the budget.

If you have questions and would like to see if radiant heat is right for you, call Warmzone and speak to a customer service professional today at 888.488.9276.

Clear the Way with ClearZone Snow Melting Systems

Snow melting systems are popular options for both home and business owners in cold weather climates. Warmzone’s ClearZone snow melting systems are energy efficient, and easy to customize and install in almost any area. Each system has a heating element, a contactor panel, and an activation device. These three components work together when cold weather hits to prevent ice and snow buildup. The activation device senses the ambient temperature and precipitation, and when conditions warrant, it triggers the controller and power is sent to the embedded heating cable, ensuring the heated area is clear 24/7. A ClearZone snow melting system will assure that winter is safe and hassle-free for any home.

ClearZone snow melting systems provide many benefits. Not only will driveways and walkways be clear, but time and money can be saved. There is no longer a need to shovel snow or pay to have snow cleared. ClearZone snow melting systems are also fully automated, so they only operate when necessary, and the system is designed so that operates until the snow is cleared. An “after run” function keeps the system on for a short time after a storm to dry the driveway or walks, and then it will shut down. ClearZone systems also have a rapid response time, so it heats the surface quickly to prevent snow from accumulating on the heated area.

Heated paver driveway

ClearZone systems are extremely versatile and can be installed in almost any application and medium. Whether you are looking to heat concrete, under pavers, or bricks, or even freshly poured asphalt, a ClearZone snow melting system is the best option available on the market. With its industry-leading heating elements (available pre-spaced in mats or individual lengths off the spool), ClearZone systems can be custom designed to fit any area, providing endless custom options that allow each customer’s needs to be met. While the most popular choice is often to heat an entire area, custom installations are just as easy. Whether you want to heat two tire tracks, a strip in the middle of the driveway, a high traffic area, or even a small area such as an outdoor kennel, ClearZone snow melting systems can make it happen. Custom ClearZone systems can be installed in both residential and commercial applications. Here are just a few of the applications where ClearZone snow melting systems have been installed:

  • Driveways
  • Sidewalks
  • Outdoor steps
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Shopping centers/malls
  • Churches
  • Winter resorts
  • Loading docks and ramps
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Public transit stations
  • Runaway truck ramps

Warmzone also offers industry-leading customer service that includes professional design services that will ensure the system is designed for your specific snow melting needs and budget. Warmzone’s customer service also includes free installation training and installation tech support to assure that each system installation is straightforward and painless.

ClearZone snowmelt systems also offer safety benefits that can’t be beat, especially for business owners. An investment in a ClearZone system can protect customers from wet feet and slipping on ice, and help to protect business owners from costly litigation that can result from onsite injuries. Snow melting systems can also keep truck ramps, loading docks, and other areas of commercial businesses clear of snow and ice, keeping workers safe and assuring that business can continue operating at optimum levels, even when the weather gets cold. Clear walkways will help to keep your business steady and safe during the harsh winter months.

If cost is a concern, ClearZone’s customization options can also accommodate the budget. A radiant heat expert will ensure that the perfect snow melting system is designed to meet snow melting needs in the most efficient way possible. Customers also wonder about operating costs of a snow melting system, but with an automated system operating only when needed, cost remains relatively low. The operating costs of a ClearZone snow melting system are often less than hiring a snow removal service, and 99 percent of energy used goes towards snow melting, making ClearZone systems extremely energy efficient. On average, an 800-square-foot area may be heated for around $3.55 for each hour of continuous operation. (This may vary depending on local utility rates.) Snow melting systems are also easy to install. ClearZone systems have a single-point connection, allowing for them to be installed quicker and cheaper than other available systems―without sacrificing quality. Electric snow melting systems from Warmzone also avoid costly maintenance, as they have no moving parts, making them reliable and virtually maintenance free.

With all the benefits of a ClearZone snow melting system, it’s easy to see why home and business owners choose Warmzone. The perfect system can be designed to meet your snow melting needs and your budget to make sure your winter is easy and hassle free. Warmzone’s experienced system designers will help you find the best products and layout to accommodate your needs, and provide real-time installation support and training. If you are looking for an electrician for your project, Warmzone also maintains relationships with top rated installers all over the country and may be able to recommend a reputable installer in your area. A snow melting system from Warmzone ensures that an affordable, durable, top-of-the-line, energy efficient system will be installed and operating at peak efficiency in no time at all.

If you have questions about customizing a snow melting system for your home or business, call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.