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How to Avoid Common Heated Driveway Installation Mistakes

Automated radiant snow melting systems can keep driveways, sidewalks, steps, ramps, and more free of snow and ice during the cold winter months. The systems are designed to detect temperature and precipitation, so when weather conditions warrant, the system activates. The surface is then warmed to prevent snow from accumulating. After the snowstorm the system remains on for a short time to dry the area so that slick sheets of “black” ice don’t form.

Although the installation of these systems is relatively simple and straightforward, there are still some common mistakes made by installers. Fortunately, there are several steps you can take to avoid common blunders and ensure a timely, proper installation so that your radiant heating system meets all your expectations. Most installation mistakes can be avoided simply by taking advantage of Warmzone’s comprehensive installation support services.

Ways to Ensure a Proper Installation

Take advantage of Warmzone’s Industry-Leading Support Services

Perhaps the biggest mistake installers make is not taking Warmzone’s free installation training courses. This valuable training is provided by an experienced instructor who will cover all the aspects of your installation. This is a great way to learn the basics of installing automated snow melting systems, and can help you avoid mistakes that could adversely affect the performance and longevity of the system. The courses are available online via web conference and are typically completed in less than an hour. However, installers can stop and ask the instructor questions at any time during the training.

Mesh-Ups under remesh, to support the heat cable
Snow melting heat cable secured to remesh with Mesh-Ups, which are used to prevent the cable from resting on the ground.

Another way to help ensure a proper installation is to follow the professional system design and layout provided by Warmzone. Unfortunately, it’s all too common for installers to fail to follow the professional system design and layout given to them. Warmzone provides detailed layouts of the system to install, which includes the precise layout of the heating elements, materials and components, and dimensions of the system, as well as the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and so on. Be sure to refer to the AutoCAD layout frequently as you install the system. These professional system layouts serve as the “road map” to a successful installation, helping to ensure that the system operates at peak efficiency after being installed.

Warmzone products and snow melting system components are second to none; however, even the best components cannot overcome improper installation techniques. So take advantage of the free training, system layout, and other support services offered by Warmzone. Our installation support staff is the best in the business, and we stand ready to assist you at any time during the installation. To learn more about installing radiant driveway heating systems, call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.

Avoid Making These Common Installation Mistakes

To make turns with the mats, cut the tape backing and arrange the mat accordingly. (See the illustration below. Never cut the cable.)

Making turns with radiant heating mats.
Cut the tape backing and then arrange the heating mat accordingly to make the desired turn. (Avoid damaging the heat cable.)

Periodically Test the Heat Cable. Be sure to conduct OHM tests of the cable before and throughout the installation process. Write the results on the warranty card provided. (Follow the instructions in the Installation Manual to ensure that your warranty remains valid.)

Check Your Components Prior to Beginning the Installation. Prior to applying the concrete, asphalt or pavers, lay your heat cable out in the area to be heated and make sure you have the right amount of cable. Also, in concrete applications, always secure the heat cable to the remesh at regular intervals. Use Mesh-Ups® support chairs to keep the remesh from resting on the ground during the pour.

Refer to the Appropriate Installation Documentation. Always follow the instructions listed in the installation manual.

Make sure the splice and at least 6 inches of the power lead is embedded in the paved surface.

Embedding the cable splice

Install the Snow Sensor in a Proper Location. Surprisingly, this is a common mistake. Never mount the sensor next to a wall or in an area where it is not exposed to the weather. When installing an aerial-mount snow sensor (WS-2C, WS-5C) make sure it is mounted above the roof line. It must have an unobstructed 360-degree view of the sky to properly detect falling snow. Any nearby obstructions can prevent snow from falling onto the sensor, delaying or preventing it from triggering the system.

Never run Heat Cable (or mats) Through an Expansion Joint. All heating cable should be isolated to a single pour area.

Use the Proper Equipment. Do not use sharp metal trowels and shovels when tamping or spreading the concrete over the radiant heating cable. Great care must be taken to avoid damaging the outer jacket of the snow melting cable.

Never cut the Heat Cable. When making turns with the heating mats, only cut the tape backing, and then arrange the mat accordingly for the turn.

Heated tire tracks in driveway

Do not Allow the Heat Cable to rest on the Ground Prior to Applying Concrete. The cable should be elevated so that it is within about 2-inches of the driveway surface. Small plastic Mesh-Ups® support chairs can be fastened to the remesh, providing support and preventing the heat cable from being pushed to the ground.

The ideal time to install radiant heat is during new construction. However, driveways can also be retrofitted with radiant snow melting systems. Saw-cut technology is used for concrete driveways, providing channels for the heat cable, and then special epoxy is used to seal the cable in the driveway. For existing asphalt driveways, the heat cable is placed over the old asphalt and a new layer of asphalt is then applied directly over the cable. (Contact Warmzone to learn more about our special asphalt heating cable.) Talk to a radiant heat professional today to learn more about retrofitting your driveway or other areas with radiant heat. Call 888-488-9276 today.

Warmzone maintains relationships with experienced, positively reviewed installers throughout the country, so regardless of your location, we may be able to recommend a qualified installer in your area. If you have any questions during your installation, please don’t hesitate to call one of our support staff. We are here for you, so take advantage of the training and personal support.

The Premier Roof De-icing Solution

Keeping roofs well maintained and free of ice dams during the winter is crucial for the longevity of both residential and commercial structures. Preventing ice dams and keeping roof edges and gutters clear of heavy snow and ice can also play an important role in enhancing safety for pedestrian traffic. When roof ice is neglected, icicles can break free and tumble onto unsuspecting people below, as well as drip and cause thin sheets of black ice to develop on sidewalks. Needless to say, this can be particularly problematic for business owners as they struggle to keep their commercial properties safe and profitable during the cold winter months.

While many roof de-icing options are available for residential and commercial applications, one in particular has distinguished itself from the others. The low-voltage RoofHeat™ STEP® system features a unique semi-conductive polymer heating element. The thin, flexible panels can be installed discreetly under shingles as well as metal roofs. The system operates on low voltage, and does not require a ground fault switch. The RoofHeat STEP de-icing roof heating system provides remarkable performance and efficiency, and has established itself as one of the most trusted and comprehensive roof de-icing solutions available. The system’s performance and ease of installation have made it a favorite among roofing professionals.

These systems are especially effective in controlling and eliminating ice dams. Ice dams form as a result of warm air escaping from the home into the attic, causing the bottom layer of snow on the roof to melt. The water trickles down to the roof eaves, but because there is no warm attic under the eaves, the water refreezes near the roof’s edge. Over time, more and more water runs down to the eave and freezes, causing a ridge of ice to form. Eventually, the ice dam causes the melted snow to collect behind it, resulting in pools of water on the roof eaves. The water in these pools can seep into tiny cracks and imperfections in the roof, causing more imperfections as it expands during the refreezing process.

About the System

The low-voltage roof de-icing solution utilizes a transformer to power the system. The transformer steps down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less), and monitors the power and output of the self-regulating heating element to ensure safe, optimal performance.

Low-voltage radiant heating element.

The heating element (just 3/64-inch thick) features an impermeable membrane that is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage. It is available in widths of 3, 6, 9 or 12-inches, making this system versatile enough to be installed to heat large areas, roof valleys, intricate trouble spots, and even in roof gutters.

RoofHeat STEP lightweight panels are easy to install and can be cut to size on the job site. During installation, the heating element can also be nailed or stapled through, making installation quicker and easier than other traditional roof heating systems. Additionally, the roof heating system is self-regulating, which means that when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases, preventing the element from overheating, and ensuring energy-efficient operation.

Some basic features and benefits of the self-regulating, low-voltage roof de-icing system include:

  • Proven performance
  • Low-voltage
  • Self-regulating
  • Thin: 3/64-inch (1.2 mm) thick
  • Lightweight: 0.23 lb per foot (0.34 kg/m)
  • Operates quietly and efficiently
  • Versatile: Works under asphalt, shake, and tile shingles, and metal roofs. The system can be installed to heat roof eaves, valleys, gutters, or even the entire roof.
  • The heating element can be nailed or stapled through (Avoid nailing through the bus braids.)
  • Discreet: The heating element is installed under the roofing.
  • Construction: Rugged positive temperature coefficient (PTC) semi-conductive polymer with an impermeable membrane outer coating that is polypropylene fused
  • 10-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects
  • ETL (NRTL) listed

Low-voltage RoofHeat STEP systems are typically controlled by the STEP Touch Thermostat (activation device). The thermostat is designed for simple two-control functionality for ease of operation and features a 3-digit, auto-dim LED display. The versatile Touch sensor controls are maintenance free and capable of working seamlessly with all Warmzone radiant heat systems, and can interface with smart home systems as well. All settings are stored in permanent memory for instant recovery in the event of a power failure (no batteries are needed).

While the STEP Touch Thermostat is the recommended activation device for the low-voltage de-icing system, it can also utilize Warmzone’s advanced aerial-mount activation device. A variety of options exist, so talk with one of our radiant heat experts and we’ll be happy to help determine the best configuration and controls for your system.

Warmzone custom designs each roof heating system to best meet the needs of each customer. Professional roof heating system designers will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the best roof de-icing solution possible.

In addition to professional system design and layout services, Warmzone also includes free installation training for installers as well as technical support during the installation. We are available to your installer to assist if there are any questions during the installation. Our goal is not only to ensure that you receive the best system, but that your system is installed correctly and performing as advertised.

For more details about Warmzone’s industry-leading roof de-icing solutions, call Warmzone and speak to a customer service professional today at 888-488-9276.

Warmzone Introduces the Wi-Fi Controller

As an industry-leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone is committed to providing its customers with the most advanced radiant heat system controllers and components. The latest addition to Warmzone’s extensive line of products is the Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller.

Warmzone’s new controller offers basic Wi-Fi functionality, and can communicate the status of the controller to the user, relaying information so the user can choose how they would like the system to proceed. This is a feature previously not available. For example, when the control unit is activated it sends a notification to the app on your phone, and you can then decide to ignore it or turn it off if you do not want the system to run. It will also send you a notification if it detects a problem with the system’s activation device. This is currently the only Wi-Fi controller available for radiant snow melting systems.

Driveway with heated pavers.

The Wi-Fi snow melting system control unit works with an aerial-mount or in-ground snow sensor to automatically detect snow or ice and activate the system to prevent any snow from accumulating. The unit is compact, and easily installed on a wall in the garage or utility room.

Wi-Fi Control Unit Features:

  • Automatic snow/ice detection
  • Compatible with both in-slab and retrofit aerial sensors
  • Tandem snow/ice detection
  • Operates hydronic or electric on/off systems
  • Supports multiple zones with priority
  • Warm weather shut down
  • Cold weather cutoff
  • Idling and manual storm for quick response
  • Automatic software updates
  • EconoMelt function

Automated snow melting systems operate only when needed, providing efficient, ‘round-the-clock protection to prevent snow and ice from accumulating. In addition to a controller like Warmzone’s Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller, the systems typically feature industry-leading ClearZone heat cable and an advanced in-ground or aerial-mounted snow sensor. (Warmzone also offers hydronic (water-based) snow melting systems.)

The snow sensors are capable of detecting precipitation as well as temperature, so when conditions warrant, the sensor triggers the control unit, which then sends power to the embedded heating cable.

Radiant snow melting systems are commonly used to heat residential driveways and sidewalks, as well as commercial properties. The systems not only eliminate the need to shovel, plow or salt the area, but enhance safety, which is of paramount importance for business owners.

To learn more about Warmzone and the many interior and exterior radiant heat options, call a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

Warmzone Introduces the Labor-Saving EcoTrace™ Single-feed Contactor Panels

Salt Lake City, Utah (PR WEB) February 1, 2021 – Warmzone, a leading provider of interior and exterior radiant heat systems, announces the release of its new EcoTrace 100 and 200-amp single-feed snow melting system contactor panels. Lauded by homeowners and industry professionals alike, the single-feed panels offer the potential for significant savings when it comes to the installation of radiant snow melting systems.

The cost-saving benefits of the SF100 and SF200 single-feed panels are realized by dramatically reducing the labor demands during the installation of the system. The industry’s typical contactor panels usually require the electrician to run several circuits from the home’s breaker box to the snow melting system’s contactor panel. This process can take considerable time and materials, adding to the installation cost. However, with the EcoTrace panels electricians need only to route one circuit from the home’s breaker box.

Single-feed contactor panel

The EcoTrace SF100 and SF200 single-feed panels are self-contained with contactors, GFEP protection, and in-line fuses. Instehttp://<a href=”/blog/wp-content/uploads/2021/02/sf-contactor-panel-diag-2846-GF200-callouts.jpg”>ad of running multiple circuits to the contactor panel, the electrician can run a single circuit, thereby saving hours (and possibly days in installation labor for larger systems). The single-feed contactors can also eliminate the need for a sub-panel.

The new EcoTrace panels represent a technological breakthrough to electricians by addressing their age old power-feed concern. The availability of the SF100 and SF200 panels grant homeowners greater flexibility by providing a labor-saving option that was previously unavailable.

“The engineering of these advanced panels is state-of-the-art,” stated Jim Sage, an electrical expert and Warmzone’s senior radiant heat system designer. “The SF100 and SF200 panels were designed to save electricians a lot of time, which can translate into a significant cost savings for homeowners. We’re excited to offer them to our customers.”

To learn more about the EcoTrace single-feed panels, contact a Warmzone representative today at 888.488.9276. Radiant heat professionals are available for free consulting and will be happy to discuss your project.

About WARMZONE

As a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone offers one of the largest selections of radiant heat products in the industry. Warmzone also includes professional system design and layout, free installation training and installation support.

Warmzone’s mission is to match each customer’s needs with the finest radiant heating systems available. As an intermediary between project requirements and a variety of system choices, Warmzone offers unbiased, individualized solutions that factor the installation, durability, performance and operational investment as the key criteria of their customers. With a staff of some of the most experienced professionals in the industry Warmzone routinely provides premier radiant heat solutions to customers throughout the United States and Canada. Warmzone is a privately owned and operated business headquartered in Salt Lake City Utah. For more information contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276, or visit us online at www.warmzone.com.

Warmzone EcoTrace™ Single-feed Contactor Panels

Introducing the Labor-Saving Contactor Panel Hailed by Electricians

Since the company’s inception, Warmzone has remained committed to finding and developing the latest technology for its customers. Warmzone snow melting systems, heated floors, and roof de-icing solutions feature the most advanced – and proven – controls and heating elements in the industry. In keeping with its pledge to offer customers the widest selection of the best products available, Warmzone has recently added the industry’s most advanced contactor panels for snow melting system applications to its product lineup.

Warmzone now offers the EcoTrace 100 and 200-amp single-feed snow melting system contactor panels. Hailed as a breakthrough by electricians and system installers, the single-feed panels offer the potential for significant savings when it comes to the installation of radiant snow melting systems.

The potential cost-saving benefits of the SF100 and SF200 single-feed panels can be realized by the panel’s “single-feed” design, which can dramatically reduce the labor demands during the installation of the snow melting system.

Single-feed contactor panel

The industry’s typical contactor panels usually require the electrician to run several circuits from the home’s breaker box to the snow melting system’s contactor panel. This process can take considerable time and materials, adding to the installation cost. However, with the EcoTrace panels electricians need only to route one circuit from the home’s breaker box.

The EcoTrace SF100 and SF200 single-feed panels are self-contained with contactors, GFEP protection, and in-line fuses. Instead of running multiple circuits to the contactor panel, the electrician can run a single circuit, thereby saving hours (and possibly days in installation labor for larger systems). The single-feed contactors can also eliminate the need for a sub-panel.

The new EcoTrace panels represent a technological breakthrough to electricians by addressing their age old power-feed concern. The SF100 and SF200 offer homeowners greater flexibility by providing a labor-saving option that was previously unavailable.

“The engineering of these advanced panels is state-of-the-art,” stated Jim Sage, an electrical expert and Warmzone’s senior radiant heat system designer. “The SF100 and SF200 panels were designed to save electricians a lot of time, which can translate into a significant cost savings for homeowners. We’re excited to offer them to our customers.”

To learn more about the advanced EcoTrace single-feed panels, contact a Warmzone representative today at 888.488.9276. Radiant heat professionals are available for free consulting and will be happy to discuss your project.

About WARMZONE

As a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone offers one of the largest selections of radiant heat products in the industry. Warmzone also includes professional system design and layout, free installation training and installation support.

Warmzone’s mission is to match each customer’s needs with the finest radiant heating systems available. As an intermediary between project requirements and a variety of system choices, Warmzone offers unbiased, individualized solutions that factor the installation, durability, performance and operational investment as the key criteria of their customers. With a staff of some of the most experienced professionals in the industry Warmzone routinely provides premier radiant heat solutions to customers throughout the United States and Canada. Warmzone is a privately owned and operated business headquartered in Salt Lake City Utah. For more information contact Warmzone at 888.488.9276, or visit us online at www.warmzone.com.

The Surprising Benefits of a Radiant Heated Driveway

Radiant heated driveways offer a range of benefits for home and business owners. Certainly, the most obvious is the elimination of manual snow removal. Instead of donning the coat and gloves to attack a snow-packed driveway first thing in the morning, homeowners can relax with a steaming cup of coffee in the warmth of their home. For business owners nothing beats the feeling of arriving at the facility and seeing the sidewalks, ramps, and/or parking areas completely clear of snow and ice. When you install a radiant snow melting system there’s no need to hire a plowing service or ask employees to come in early to shovel and salt the sidewalks.

Automated snow melting systems operate only when needed. The systems utilize an advanced snow sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. When moisture is detected and the temperature is below the adjustable set point (usually set at 39°F), the sensor signals the controller and power is then sent to the embedded heat cables, warming the driveway as the first snowflakes fall.

Heated driveway with cut out

A radiant heated driveway with cutout showing the embedded heating cables.

The convenience of automated heated driveways can’t be beat, but in addition to not having to shovel, plow, or salt your driveway during the winter, the systems also provide a tremendous safety feature. While heated driveways operate only when snowstorms hit, the systems include an “after run” function that allows the system to remain on for a short period after the storm. This dries the surface to eliminate any melted snow from turning into thin sheets of dangerous “black” ice.

An Added Benefit

Perhaps a surprising benefit of radiant heat is that a snow melting system can extend the life of your driveway. Concrete driveway surfaces tend to last longer when they’re not exposed to sub-zero temperatures. In cold weather climates with ample snowfall, many concrete driveways fall victim to spalling. Concrete is naturally porous, so water from melted snow can seep into every tiny crevice, and refreeze.  The damage can occur when the ice expands. As this process repeats, it is known as spalling, and it can slowly deteriorate the finished driveway surface. Over time, the spalling can eventually lead to cracking in the cement.

While seal coating your driveway is one method for helping to extend your pavement’s life span, for those living in cold climates with abundant snowfall, adding an embedded radiant heat system is also a smart move. You’ll enjoy the convenience and enhanced safety provided by radiant heat, and perhaps you’ll even add a few years to the life of your driveway.

Installing a radiant snow melting system can also boost the equity of your home. It’s not only a labor-saving, safety-enhancing, driveway-protecting tool, it’s also a smart investment. Many upscale homes nowadays feature interior radiant heat (heated floors) as well as a heated driveway. Adding radiant heat to your home will likely increase the resale value of your property.

Take time today to learn more about the benefits of radiant heat. The systems can be easily customized to meet your specific performance needs, as well as your budget. Instead of heating your entire driveway you can install two heated tire tracks (24-inches wide), or if you’re on a tight budget, you can simply heat the area that’s on an incline, or other troublesome spots. The choice is yours and the options are unlimited.

Warmzone includes free installation training as well as technical support and complete system design and layout services. We’re available to your electrician and installers throughout the installation process. Warmzone takes pride in leading the way when it comes to customer service.

Start the year off by learning a little more about radiant heat. Call a friendly Warmzone representative today to discuss your project and the many options that are available. In addition to offering industry-leading snow melting systems, Warmzone also carries the largest selection of radiant floor heating (and roof de-icing) solutions on the market. We’re happy to answer any questions you may have. Call 888.488.9276 today.

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 drifted down in the cold 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 replied.

“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 intelligence reports didn’t say anything about radiant heat!” the sergeant yelled. “Now enough with those crazy thoughts. Look down there! That driveway and sidewalk look the same as all the others, so stop worrying. 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 and slipped 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. It’s just a frigid slab of cement waiting for us icy dudes to drift on down and cover 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 a fellow paratrooper.

“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 fell onto 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, turning 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.”

The stubborn Sergeant only grew more desperate. “We . . . we gotta. Um,” he stammered. He thought for a moment. Maybe it’s not a Warmzone heated driveway. Maybe we can overwhelm it.

“Everybody! We need a full frontal assault,” he yelled. “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 in horror as their comrades fell to their doom.

Heated driveway and sidewalk
The scene of the great ‘Snowflake Massacre,’ also referred to as Burr’s last stand.

“It’s a massacre,” one noted.

Still the sergeant continued to bark his attack orders.

“That dude’s a lunatic,” one snowflake on the edge of the driveway 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. 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.  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.”

Automated, Maintenance Free Snow Melting Systems

Turn Winter into a Wonderland with a Heated Driveway

As the first snowfall of winter’s 2019-2020 campaign begins to fall, it’s not uncommon to dream about owning a radiant heated driveway system. After all, who can blame you for wanting to wake up after a snowstorm and see a beautifully cleared driveway parting a sea of snow? Who wouldn’t prefer holding a hot cup of coffee rather than a cold snow shovel? Who can blame you for wanting to stay in your PJs and slippers instead of dressing up like you’re going to go skiing?

A warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire

A radiant snow melting system can give you new appreciation for winter’s beauty. Sure, a soft blanket of snow draped over a quiet neighborhood is pretty, but it’s downright gorgeous when that landscape includes a clear driveway leading to your garage. Yep, winter can be a beautiful time.

We can’t vouch for the commute, but with a heated driveway you’ll not only create convenient access to and from your home, but you’ll enjoy a safer environment as well. Heated driveways are designed to operate only when needed. After each storm the systems remain on for a short period to dry the driveway. This prevents ice from forming, helping to enhance pedestrian safety.

For nearly two decades Warmzone has been providing homeowners and businesses with state-of-the-art snow melting systems. While the benefit of eliminating the need for manual snow removal is obvious, there are other, less obvious benefits of radiant heated driveways and sidewalks.

Electric snow melting systems are fully automated. The systems utilize an advanced snow sensor, either mounted aerially (usually unobstructed, near the roof line) or in the pavement being heated. The sensor detects the temperature and precipitation, so as the first snow begins to fall it sends a signal to the controller and power is sent to the heating elements embedded in the driveway. The surface is warmed to prevent any snow accumulation.

These electric systems are also maintenance free. There is no need to change filters or monitor a boiler. (Just make sure the snow sensor remains clear so that it can detect snowfall.)

Radiant heat is inherently efficient. The efficiency and automated operation of these systems combine to make heated driveways and snow melting systems effective and affordable.

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

Electric snow melting systems are also very easy to customize. The systems can be tailored to not only meet your layout and snow melting needs, but also your budget. For example, instead of heating the entire driveway, you can heat an 8-foot path in the middle, or just install two heated tire tracks. Warmzone heat cable is available in mats that can be rolled out for quick, easy installation. Each mat heats an area 24-inches wide. Installing heated tire tracks is an effective and affordable solution for those on a budget. Call a radiant heat expert today to learn more about your many options (888.488.9276).

In addition to providing the most trusted systems and components, Warmzone also includes unparalleled customer services. These industry leading services include professional system design, free installation training and technical support during the installation.

The system design includes all the information necessary for the installer and electrician. Information provided includes proper layout and materials, load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. This is the road map for the installation.

Installers can also take the free installation training course. The instructor will cover every aspect of your installation so you have the confidence to move forward with the install. If you encounter any issue during the installation, Warmzone radiant heat experts are just a phone call away. We’re happy to walk you through any issues during the installation.

When it comes to quality products and superior customer service, you won’t find a better company to work with. Call Warmzone today to learn more about your options, or to receive a free quote. Call us toll free at 888.488.9276.

Warmzone Adds to its Home Amenities

Electric Panel Heaters and Fog-free Bathroom Mirrors

Warmzone continues to provide customers with the latest innovative radiant heating and home amenity products. The latest additions to Warmzone’s renowned product offerings are the series of electric panel heaters and the stunning fog-free mirrors with LED lighting options. Home heating amenities now include Warmzone’s FeelsWarm® Countertop Heaters, ClearMirror washroom mirrors and premium electric panel heaters.

Warmzone’s Fog-free Washroom ClearMirrors

Warmzone’s ClearMirror series of stunning shower and vanity mirrors have a thin low-voltage heating pad (defogger) mounted behind the mirror to prevent mist from forming. The defogger makes these mirrors ideal for use in showers and vanities. The mirrors are also available with or without LED lighting panels mounted within the mirror. A variety of mirrors and sizes are available for installation in showers, vanities and studios.

Shower Series Mirrors

The Shower Series ClearMirrors mount flush in the shower, providing elegant looks while making shaving and grooming a convenient, luxurious experience. The mirrors are available in four standard sizes: 12″x12″, 16″x16″, 18″x18″ and 12″x24”.

ShowerLite fog-free Series Mirrors

The ShowerLite fog-free series features the same attractive shower mirrors, but with beautifully crafted banks of LED lights built in to the mirror. The ShowerLite ClearMirror with built-in defogger and ultrathin LED lights is a great way to add elegant functionality to your bathroom. The LED lights simulate natural daylight and are perfect for tasks and accent lighting. The LED panels are 5300 K, 94 CRI, and are rated for 70,000 hours.

ShowerLite clear mirror

The mirror’s built-in defogger features a very thin low-voltage heating pad that prevents mist from building up on the mirror,  providing a convenient grooming experience. So toss out those old hanging mirrors and temporary solutions and add a touch of class to your shower.

ClearLite Vanity Mirrors

Mist-free vanity mirror with LED lights.

The ultrathin ClearLite Vanity Mirrors provide functionality and gorgeous looks to any bathroom vanity. Designed with hotel designers and architects in mind, the popular ClearLite Vanity Mirror can be found in high-end hotels throughout the world. The beautiful mirrors feature side or top mounted high-output LED panels along with the defogger mounted behind the thin mirror. The standard size of the ClearLite Vanity Mirror is 24 by 26 inches, but this elegant series can also be custom made to your specifications with the LED lighting configuration of your choice.

The 94+ CRI LED lights are the best in the industry, providing full and even lighting coverage. The mirror has flat polished edges and bright anodized aluminum sides, and comes with a Z bracket hangar for easy installation. (It is CL and C/UL listed for safety.)

The Body ClearMirror

The Body Mirror is designed for the professional groomer. The 20 x 36-inch mirror makes shaving and grooming convenient with a fog-free (heated) zone of 16 x 30-inches. This elegant mirror is installed flush in your shower surround and can be turned on by having the mirror wired to your bathroom light or bath fan (recommended). The fog-free mirrors come with a low-voltage transformer.

The Grand Body ClearMirror

The Grand Body ClearMirror is a full length shower mirror that is 5 feet tall and 2½ feet wide. The mirror (with pre-attached defoggers on the reverse side) is mounted flush in your shower, providing you with a beautifully styled, grand fog-free mirror. Installing the Grand Body Mirror adds elegance and grooming convenience to your shower. We are also able to make custom modifications to your mirror if you wish. Call a Warmzone representative today for more information at 888.488.9276.

Studio Mirror Series

A Studio Mirror Series is also available. The beautiful bevel-edged mirrors with optional fog-free technology can be custom made to your specifications, and are available in a variety of Pantone® colors. Warmzone’s ClearMirror washroom and studio mirrors are handcrafted in the USA.

Another popular home heating amenity offered by Warmzone is the Runtal® Electric Panel Heater. These stylish heaters can be used as wall-mount or freestanding heaters to complement the existing heating system or to serve as the primary home heating source.

Warmzone’s Electric Panel Heaters

Warmzone’s Runtal® electric panel heaters, baseboard heaters and towel warmers are designed to combine safe, high-heat output with attractive looks. The durable flat tube design of the wall panel heaters blends high output performance and low surface temperature to provide superior energy-efficient performance. The wall panel and freestanding baseboard heaters can be used to add comfort to your favorite rooms or as your primary heating system.

Warmzone’s electric wall panel heaters complement your home’s interior and can be installed under windows or on walls where floor space is at a premium. With high output and sleek profile these versatile heaters can either accentuate the room’s style or discreetly blend into the existing interior design while adding comfortable warmth. Electric wall panel heaters are available in heights of 17¼-inches and 23⅛-inches, and lengths of 2, 3, and 4 feet. All units are available in 120, 208 and 240-volt configurations.

Electric wall-mount panel heaters

The wall-mounted baseboard series offers simple, conventional installation for either new build applications or for direct replacement of existing wall-mounted electric baseboard products. The stylish wall-mount and baseboard heaters provide comfortable warmth to eliminate cold spots in your favorite rooms, making them an attractive and effective complement to your existing heating system and home décor. Wall-mount baseboard heaters are 10⅛-inch tall and are available in lengths from 3 to 10 feet (in increments of one foot). Freestanding baseboard heaters are also available.

A wide variety of towel warmers and bathroom radiators are also available from Warmzone. The bathroom radiators with towel warming bars can create a toasty, comfortable environment for small to average-sized bathrooms as well as warmth for your towels. The wall-mounted heater’s easy installation and attractive looks conveniently adds comfort and elegant style to the existing décor of the washroom.

While providing warmth for the bathroom, nothing quite matches the feel of a warm towel or bathrobe after showering. Because the towel warmer helps to heat and dry the room, the added benefit is that the radiator helps to reduce mold and mildew, and keeps towels fresh between laundering. Various model types and sizes are available for different heat outputs that enable a towel radiator to be used as a supplemental heater or as the sole source of heat for entire bathrooms.

Bathroom radiator with towel warmer

Warmzone’s line of wall-mount and freestanding heaters provides comfortable warmth and energy-efficient performance, and are available in a wide range of colors. A Wi-Fi enabled thermostat option is also available, allowing homeowners to control the heating units remotely.

For more information about Warmzone’s premium quality home heating amenities, please call us today at 888.488.9276.

Warmzone Offers Countertop Heaters

Introducing Innovative Stick-on Countertop Heaters

Add a new level of elegant comfort to your home’s most popular gathering place – the kitchen. Warmzone’s countertop heaters with FeelWarm® technology feature flexible low-voltage heating panels that conveniently stick to the bottom of your countertop. The countertop heaters adhere to the underside of the stone or they can be placed on a support substrate (compressed) prior to the countertop being placed.

Heated countertop with curved overhang

The innovative countertop heating system uses a passive warming system to slowly warm the stone by 20-25 degrees. This measured warming approach and lack of temperature pulsing prevents any shock to the stone. These heating panels are designed specifically for warming stone countertops without introducing a risk of cracking the stone. Warmzone’s countertop heaters are also easy to install. While contractors installing new countertops are typically involved with installing the heaters, most homeowners install the panels for their existing countertop. The simple peel-and-stick heating panels can be installed by homeowners with basic “handyman” skills.

View the Video: Heating Countertops with Overhang

View the Video: Heating Countertops with no Overhang

The low-voltage countertop heating mats are ultra thin (between .015″ and .025″ thick) and are custom-engineered for each stone including shape, wattage, and electrical input location. The heating mat is designed to overcome the poor thermal characteristics of stone so that an even heated surface is created and that the front edge is the same temperature as the center of the heated zone. The system is also very economical. Most homeowners leave their heated countertop running at all times, resulting in a cost of less than $0.20 a day.

Stick-on countertop heater

Countertop Heaters – Features and Benefits

  • Discreet: No physical changes to the cabinet or counter
  • Easy Installation: Peel-and-stick application
  • Low Voltage: Utilizes 12-24 volts for complete safety (no special wiring)
  • Convenient: Utilizes a standard 120 volt outlet
  • Easy to Customize: Can accommodate all corbels and support beams
  • Cost Effective: Heats only commonly touched areas
  • Ultra Thin: Only 1/32-inch thick
  • Temperature Adjustment: Controller included with heater
  • Versatile: Works well with all stone surfaces

Applications

Warmzone’s FeelsWarm countertop heaters are commonly installed to warm kitchen countertops and islands and bars (with overhang), desks, bathroom counters, bars, vanities, reception desks and any indoor application where stone is being considered. The ideal heating solution is to only warm the overhang, or edge of the counter where most people touch the counter. Therefore the most ideal placement for the heating panel is along the underside of the counter’s edge to about 12-14 inches deep. The countertop heaters efficiently warm all types of stone, engineered stone and concrete countertops.

Designed for easy installation, the heater’s shape and size is configured specifically for the customer’s unique counter and corbels, whether overhanging or resting on framework, angled or curved. The heating mats are an easy do-it-yourself installation that safely and effectively warms the stone.

The heaters are available in four popular sizes and can also be custom-designed to fit your layout needs. The gentle warmth safely adds luxurious comfort to kitchens, bathrooms, offices and more. To learn more about your countertop heating options contact a radiant heat expert today at 888.488.9276.