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Go Green with Radiant Heat

Keep Your Lawn Healthy and Green

Radiant heat is getting a lot of attention nowadays. Given the current social awareness of the environment, and the importance of energy-efficient, environmentally-friendly products, growing numbers of consumers are turning to radiant heat for their snow melting and/or heating needs. Simply put, radiant heat is the most efficient heating technology available today.

Fully automated snow melting systems operate on renewable energy, and offer homeowners an affordable way to enhance safety and convenience around their home. Installing a radiant heat system can also help homeowners maintain a healthy lawn.

When spring rolls around and the sound of distant lawnmowers embraces Saturday mornings, some landscapes reveal the tell-tale scars of winter. Grass lining the edges of driveways and sidewalks looks dead or burned.

To combat icy sidewalks and dangerous driveways during the winter, homeowners not only break out the snow shovel, but they grab bags of salt or other snow melting chemicals. After shoveling the snow, salt is typically spread over the area to prevent ice from forming. While this common winter routine can be effective for the short term, it often comes at a cost to bushes, grass, and other vegetation. Salt, and some snow melting chemicals, can cause long term damage to the surrounding landscape, as runoff seeps into the nearby soil.

Grass damaged by snow melting salt
The effects of salt runoff next to a driveway.

Radiant heated driveways offer a host of benefits to home and business owners. In addition to eliminating the need for salt and other harsh snow melting chemicals, radiant heat

In addition to the clean, efficient operation on renewable energy, automated driveway heating systems can also protect the integrity of driveways, and even enhance their lifespan.

One common issue with some concrete driveways is the problem of spalling. Spalling refers to the slow disintegration of the upper surface of a concrete slab. Typically, the damage extends down a quarter of an inch or less. The smooth finished surface crumbles, revealing the rougher stone aggregate below. But what causes concrete surfaces to crumble like this?

Concrete is generally a very stable and permanent material, but it is also porous and will absorb water. When water is trapped inside the concrete on winter days, it can freeze at night and push the cement binder apart. The expansion – and resulting contraction when the ice melts again – causes the spalling, or crumbling. (Frozen water expands about 10%, which is enough to push the thin, weak top layer upwards, eventually causing the layer to crumble, or peel off. 

Radiant heated driveways not only melt snow and ice, but the systems have a built in “afterrun” function. This safety feature forces the heated driveway to remain on for a short time after the snowstorm to dry the driveway. This prevents slick ice from forming, and eliminates tiny pockets of ice from forming within the concrete. This greatly reduces the chances of spalling.

While the efficiency of radiant heat is an attractive feature, radiant snow melting systems also provide a host of other benefits. Some other features and benefits include:

Radiant heated driveway installed

Enhanced Safety: Automated systems provide ‘round the clock protection, keeping sidewalks, steps, driveways, and other areas clear of snow and ice.

Fully automated: Driveway heating systems utilize a durable, high-tech snow sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected, and temperature is below the adjustable set point (typically 38°F), the sensor signals the small controller, and power is then sent to the embedded heat cables to prevent the accumulation of snow. (The systems can also be manually triggered if needed.)

Maintenance free: Electric snow melting systems have no moving parts, so they are virtually maintenance free.

Environmentally friendly: Electric snowmelt systems help to preserve your landscaping by eliminating the need for harmful salt and harsh snow melting chemicals.

Protects the driveway: A radiant heated driveway can enhance the lifespan of a driveway by preventing spalling. Having a heated driveway also eliminates the need for plowing/shoveling, as well as the need to apply any snowmelt chemicals.

Versatile, easy to customize: Radiant heated driveways can be easily customized to meet the homeowners layout and snow melting needs, as well as their budget. The incline of a driveway can be heated, or two 24-inch wide heated tire tracks can be installed. Any area can be heated precisely as needed.

Smart investment: Installing a radiant snow melting system can increase the value of your home, and be a wise investment in the long run.

Warmzone is an industry leader with one of the largest selections of radiant heat products and services available. Our top-notch customer service and industry professionals will ensure that every customer receives the ideal, customized system to fit their needs and budget. Each system comes with a detailed layout with all specifications, as well as free installation training and technical support. Call Warmzone at 888-488-9276 and start prepping your home for winter today.

Warmzone Strives to Ease the Challenges of Today’s Economy

The Halloween season had come and gone, but don’t let the gremlins and goblins of today’s economy get you down. Warmzone has worked hard to combat the challenges facing consumers today by taking steps to offset the universal supply shortages so builders can meet their schedules in a timely, affordable manner. The “new normal” may take some getting used to, but adjusting to these new trends and challenges doesn’t have to be so painful. 

Whether we took things for granted or simply had high expectations, the “good ol’ days” of getting what we needed, when it was needed, without paying more than was needed, don’t seem that long ago. Then again, those days also seem like a distant memory. 

We’re all feeling the pinch of inflation and longer wait times, but Warmzone is leveraging its resources to minimize the stress and inconvenience for its customers. As one of the largest providers of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone is able to take steps that benefit its customers. 

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

Having large warehouses for its inventory, Warmzone is able to consistently manufacture and maintain an abundant supply of its most popular products. As professional builders well know, time is money, and timely delivery of products can be crucial – especially to those with small and medium-sized construction businesses. Through determined planning, Warmzone is minimizing the impact of soaring manufacturing costs and painfully slow delivery times on its customers. Its large warehouse storage facilities, combined with its manufacturing capabilities and foresight, have helped to ease the pain of inflation and provide timely deliveries to home and business owners alike. While many consumers continue to suffer from soaring manufacturing costs and painfully slow delivery times, Warmzone customers are enjoying a different experience.

Warmzone carries one of the largest selections of radiant heat solutions on the market. Its roof de-icing, snow melting, and radiant floor heat systems have been installed throughout the country, and range from small residential applications to large civic solutions, commercial projects, and government facilities. No job is too small or too large for the professionals at Warmzone. In addition to its wide selection of products, Warmzone also includes unparalleled customer support services, including free installation training, custom system design services, and technical support.  

Having premier products that customers trust is one key aspect behind Warmzone’s success. However, quality products deserve quality support, and for decades, premier service is what has distinguished Warmzone as the trusted leader.

Warmzone offers a wide selection of the industry’s most proven floor heating systems. These premier radiant heat systems include systems for virtually every type of floor. The heating elements of the various systems range from thin heating cable to ultra thin (0.016-inch) heating panels, low-voltage polymer panels, and even floor heating panels designed for heating existing floors – without the need for remodeling. For more details about the many different types of floor heating systems offered by Warmzone, call and speak with a friendly radiant heat expert today, at 888.488.9276. The options offered by Warmzone help to ensure that customers are matched with the system that best suits their specific floor heating needs.

ComfortTile floor heating mats being installed
ComfortTile floor heating mats being installed.

Wamzone heated driveways and snow melting systems are fully automated, and each system is custom designed according to ASHRAE standards to meet the specific demands of each customer. The systems consist of industry-leading heat cable (also available in mats), an advanced activation device (snow sensor) and controller. When the snow sensor detects precipitation and temperature that is below the adjustable set point (typically 39°F), it signals the controller and power is then sent to the embedded heating element. The driveway, ramp, sidewalk, or steps and then quickly heated to prevent snow from accumulating.

If you’re looking to install a radiant snow melting, floor heating, or roof de-icing solution for your home or business, team up with a trusted partner who you know will deliver. Warmzone professionals are available any time for free consulting. For more information about the available options, or to discuss your custom project, call a radiant heat professional today, at 888.488.9276.

Floor Heating Winners

Radiant floor heat offers clean, energy efficient, maintenance-free warmth. In addition to offering next-level comfort, these are just some of the benefits that have new builders installing these systems in record numbers. The flexibility of these systems gives builders a wide variety of custom options for both residential and commercial applications. The systems can be easily customized to meet the specific heating – and budget – needs of each customer.

In addition to heating entire homes, radiant heat can be easily tailored to complement one’s existing traditional heating system. Floor heating systems can be installed to add unmatched comfort to your favorite rooms, or warm trouble spots in your home that are notoriously difficult to heat. The systems grant homeowners with tremendous options for installing a precise and efficient means for optimizing comfort in the home.  

FilmHeat for heating hardwood floating floors.
FilmHeat floor heating element for heating floating floors.

While the features, performance and environmentally friendly aspects of radiant heat contribute to its surging popularity, one must also be aware that not all radiant floor heating systems are created equal. In fact, it may come as a surprise to some homeowners that there are so many different types of floor heating systems and technologies (such as electric and hydronic). But fear not; you don’t have to feel overwhelmed.

The floor heating options are easy to evaluate, and the variety helps to ensure that you’ll have the best solution for heating your specific floor type and layout. Having one of the largest selections of floor heating systems in the business, Warmzone® can ensure that each customer is matched with the ideal solution for their home. We offer free consultation, so feel free to call and learn more about the available systems. And rest assured that Warmzone carries only the most trusted and proven floor heating systems.

When determining which floor heating system is best for your home, the choice is influenced by the type of floor that you have. For example, if you’re looking to heat a floating floor, one of the most popular and highly recommended solutions is FilmHeat™. This innovative floor heating system utilizes a near paper-thin heating element (just 0.016-inch thick) that is laid out over the underlayment on the subfloor, and then the flooring is installed over the element. No alarms, special tools, or self-leveling compounds are needed. 

The system does not require mortar or adhesives, so there is virtually no floor buildup, and the heating element can be easily cut onsite. FilmHeat is designed specifically for installation under floating floors, but the versatile element can also be used to heat other floor types. (Talk to a floor heating expert to learn more.) A variation of the FilmHeat system (RetroHeat®) uses a similar heating element that can be installed between the floor joists to heat existing floors. The heating panels are stapled up between the joists and then Batt insulation is installed to direct all the heat upward to warm the floor. This is the most affordable option for heating floors without having to conduct any major remodeling.

Cute girl on warm floor

Warmzone’s most popular electric floor heating system is the ComfortTile® system. The ComfortTile floor heating system is perhaps the most versatile, but is designed especially for heating ceramic tile, vinyl tile, marble, and stone floors. This proven system utilizes thin heat resistance cable that is available in individual lengths off the spool, or pre-spaced in mats that can be rolled out for quick, convenient installation. ComfortTile mats feature thin heat cable that is pre-spaced and affixed to a flexible mesh with an adhesive backing. The mat can be quickly rolled out over the area to be heated and secured to the subfloor. The mats are available in a variety of lengths, and are 18-inches wide and pre-terminated for use with 120V and 240V. The twin-conductor heating cable is made with premium materials, enabling ComfortTile heat cable to provide superior floor heating performance and fast response times. As one of the most versatile floor heating systems, ComfortTile can be effectively used to heat a wide range of other floors and various applications. This trusted floor heating cable also carries a 25-year warranty.

In-Slab™ heat cable is another popular option for those looking to efficiently heat basement floors and concrete slabs. This rugged cable is thicker than other floor heating cable because it is designed for installation during concrete pours. The cable is positioned in the area to be heated, and concrete is then applied. The In-Slab heat cable should remain about 2-inches from the surface of the concrete. Any type of flooring can then be installed over the concrete floor. This is one of the most affordable, and effective ways to heat cold basement floors, or any floors on concrete slabs.

Floor heating systems that use thin heat cable (I.e. ComfortTile) can also be used with a membrane system, such as Prodeso®. Prodeso membrane is an uncoupling and waterproofing system used for heating floors and other surfaces without expansion joints in the screed. The flexible membrane has pre-engineered grooves for the heat cable, and is laid out directly over the subfloor before the tile or other flooring is installed. The Prodeso underlayment membrane, heat cable and flooring can be installed the same day. The floor heating system has a minimal floor buildup of less than ¼-inch.

Warmzone offers several other types of floor heating systems, including low-voltage floor heating systems, hydronic (water-based) systems, and more. For more details about the many proven options that are available, call and speak with a floor heating expert today, at 888.488.9276.

Radiant Heat – Efficient, Convenient, and Reliable

Most people agree that technology provides our world with convenience and a host of other benefits. For the most part, it can help to organize and simplify our lives. Granted, there are times when the learning curve can dish out some frustration, or we encounter a few potholes in the technology superhighway, but overall, we love our technology, and it’s here to stay.

One popular technology that has proven itself – and continues to grow in popularity – is that of radiant heating. Radiant heat systems are used to keep driveways, sidewalks, and roofs clear of snow and ice, as well as provide the most energy efficient means for heating homes and businesses.

Heated paver driveway
A radiant snow melting system installed in a paver driveway.

Snow Melting Systems

Maintenance Free and Fully Automated

Radiant driveway heating systems are maintenance free, exceptionally versatile, and also fully automated. The systems utilize a small activation device (snow sensor) that detects temperature and moisture, so when weather conditions warrant, the sensor signals the control panel, and power is then sent to the embedded heating element. The driveway begins warming to prevent snow and ice from building up. After the snowstorm, the system shuts off automatically. However, it remains on for a few minutes after snow has stopped falling to dry the surface to keep thin sheets of dangerous “black ice” from forming. This is another safety feature provided by radiant snow melting systems. Heated driveway systems also feature manual override capability, so if wind blows snow on your driveway you can activate the system to melt the snow drift. 

Easy to Customize

Automated snow melting systems can be installed to heat virtually any type of layout and application, including concrete, pavers, and asphalt. Each heated driveway system is carefully tailored so that it best meets the precise needs of the business or homeowner. In addition to matching each system with the layout and performance needs of the customer, Warmzone systems are also designed to accommodate the customer’s budget. The custom options of radiant heat are virtually limitless.

Asphalt driveway with heated tire tracks
Asphalt driveway with heated tire tracks.

While each snow melting system is unique, some popular general configurations include the following:

Heated tire tracks – Instead of heating the entire driveway surface, many homeowners choose to install two 24-inch wide heated tire tracks. This option not only can result in lower installation costs, but because less area is being heating, the operational costs are also reduced.

Heat an 8-foot wide strip – Some homeowners also choose to only heat an 8-foot wide strip in the middle of the driveway.

Heat specific areas – Some homeowners opt to only heat the problem areas of their driveway. For example, there may be a small section that is mostly shaded, where packed snow and ice may remain for months. Or perhaps the driveway has a section with a steeper incline. Electric radiant heat systems can be easily installed in these specific areas to enhance safety and convenience.

In addition to offering superior systems and components, Warmzone also includes industry-leading customer support and services. Perhaps the service most appreciated by contractors is that of FREE installation training.

Each training course covers the specifics of the installers’ project. The training is typically completed in less than an hour, but attendees can ask questions and proceed at their own pace. This is a valuable service that ultimately saves time in the long run.

Although the training covers all aspects of the installation, sometimes unforeseen problems or questions may arise during the install. That’s why Warmzone’s dedicated support staff is on hand. Our experts are available to field calls from installers and answer any questions they may have.

In addition to the personal training and support services, Warmzone also provides professional system design and layout services. The detailed AutoCAD drawings cover every aspect of the layout and electrical plan, so the installation laborers and electrician have all the information they need at their fingertips.

Radiant Floor Heating Systems

As a leading provider of radiant heat systems, Warmzone offers one of the largest selections of radiant floor heating systems in the business. Instead of offering just one or two floor heating systems, Warmzone carries a wide range of proven solutions for all types of floors. Our large selection assures homeowners that they will be able to find the ideal system for their flooring. Warmzone heated floors are the most trusted systems on the market.

For more information about floor heating systems, or radiant heated driveways or roof de-icing systems, contact a friendly radiant heat expert today. We’ll work closely with you to match you with the system that best meets your radiant heat needs. Call 888.488.9276 today.

Floor Heating Systems; What’s the Difference?

A Guide to Finding the Best Radiant Heat System for Your Home or Business

As growing numbers of consumers search for clean, renewable-energy heating solutions, more home and business owners are turning to radiant heat. Being the most efficient heating technology available, the benefits of installing a radiant heat system are tough to deny. Not only is radiant floor heating growing in popularity, but energy-efficient driveway heating systems are also becoming more popular. The efficiency and reliability of radiant heat have made it a logical choice for new construction, as well as remodeling applications.

Certainly, radiant heat has earned its rise to the top of home heating and snow melting options. Given the public’s emphasis on clean, renewable heating sources, radiant heat is becoming commonplace in new construction projects. Naturally, the increasing demand for interior and exterior radiant heat systems has resulted in a proliferation of radiant heat products and system providers. But what products are best? What should consumers be looking for? How does one differentiate one floor heating system from another?

Heated floor and a heated driveway.
Heated floor with cutaway view and a radiant heated driveway with heated tire tracks.

Whether you’re looking to install a heated driveway, a radiant floor heating system, or a roof de-icing system, be sure to work with an established provider. You’ll want to deal with people who have a lot of experience designing and providing radiant heat systems. You’re making a significant investment, so you’ll want to deal with professionals who have been around the block a few times. And you’ll want to have a provider who also provides complete system design and installation support. But why are there so many different types of heated floors?

Because there is a wide variety of flooring options for homeowners, it only follows that there are several different types of floor heating systems. The key is to match your floor heating system with your flooring. Some floor heating systems are designed to heat tile floors, while others are better suited for warming hardwood or floating floors. The type of subfloor you have as well as the insulation (if any) can also impact the performance of your radiant floor heating system. Speak with a Warmzone floor heating expert to learn more about your options.

As a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone offers a wide range of proven floor heating systems. One of the most popular, and versatile, is the ComfortTile floor heating cable and mats. ComfortTile features thin heat cable that is available off the spool as well as pre-spaced in mats, and is one of the most popular floor heating systems on the market. The ComfortTile system is typically the best choice for heating tile, stone and luxury vinyl tile floors. The Prodeso membrane system can also be used in conjunction with the ComfortTile cable. This ensures ideal cable spacing and offers protection from shifting and cracking, and provides waterproofing for the substrate in the case of overlaying on cracked or imperfectly cured floors with a risk of vapor stress. 

ComfortTile floor heating mats being installed
ComfortTile floor heating mats being installed.

FilmHeat floor heating systems are designed for easy installation under laminate and floating floors. The FilmHeat heating element features a thin, flexible panel that is only 0.16-inch thick. Installation requires no floor buildup. There is no need for mortar or self-leveling compounds. The heating element is laid out over the underlayment and secured, and then the electrical connections are made and the floating floor is installed directly over the panels. These thin “film” heating elements can also be used to heat existing floors. The RetroHeat floor heating panels are stapled up between the floor joists and then batt insulation is placed over the element, directing all the heat upward to heat the floor. This is a popular choice for homeowners looking to add luxurious radiant heat to their existing floors.

In-Slab heat cable features a durable heating cable that is installed directly in concrete slabs. This floor heating system is ideal for taking the chill out of basements. It is also one of the most effective and efficient floor heating systems available.

A heated stained concrete floor.
A heated stained concrete floor.

Another excellent option for heating laminate, carpet, engineered wood and floating floors is the FoilHeat system. This system features thin heat cable that is sandwiched between two layers of reinforced aluminum, which reflects and optimizes the heat. Warmzone also offers the low-voltage FloorHeat STEP system. This popular radiant heating solution utilizes thin, self-regulating polymer heating panels that make it ideal for heating hardwood floors. The installation requires virtually no floor buildup, and in addition to heating hardwood, the versatile system can be used to heat other floor types, including carpet, laminates, and tile. The semi-conductive polyethylene heating element is available in rolls 9 and 12-inches wide.

Warmzone carries several other trusted floor heating solutions, including hydronic floor heating systems. With each system, Warmzone includes free installation training, technical support, and professional system design. When you work with Warmzone, you’ll be working with experienced professionals who stand with you throughout the installation process. Warmzone also offers several payment methods, including financing options that range from no interest, reduced interest, and deferred interest programs. The payment and financing options are designed to give customers a variety of choices that allow them to purchase the radiant heat system of their dreams now.

Call us to discuss your project and learn more about the many options that are available. We pride ourselves in offering the best customer service in the business, and we’re looking forward to working with you. Call 888.488.9276 today.

Dealing with Snow Removal

The Joy of Winter

Keeping driveways and walks clear of snow and ice during the winter months is never any fun. While homeowners shovel their driveway and walks for convenience and added safety, snow removal is an absolute necessity for business owners. Keeping the premises safe – and inviting – for prospective customers is vital to their businesses.

While some business owners pay a snow removal service or task employees to shovel and salt the walks and parking areas, many are turning to automated snow melting systems. These radiant snow melting systems are maintenance free, and can keep entire areas clear of snow and ice 24/7.

Heated driveway systems are designed to activate as the first snowflake falls. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below a designated set point (usually 38 or 39 degrees), the sensor signals the snow melting system’s controller, and power is then sent to the embedded heating cable. The heating element quickly warms the driveway (or sidewalk, steps, ramp, etc.) to prevent snow from accumulating.

As an industry-leading provider and designer of radiant snow melting systems, Warmzone utilizes the trusted ClearZone heating cable. The cable can be embedded in concrete, installed under pavers, and even in hot asphalt applications. The cable is available in custom lengths off the spool or pre-spaced in easy-to-install mats. The mats feature cable in 3- and 4- inch spacing (and custom spacing upon request). The ClearZone heating mats can be quickly rolled out and secured over the area to be heated, and then embedded in concrete, asphalt, or pavers. The mats facilitate the installation and ensure proper cable spacing.

Radiant heated driveway installed

Heated Driveway Retrofit
In addition to installing radiant heat in new construction applications, existing driveways can also be retrofitted with radiant heat. For example, in a concrete driveway, saw-cut technology can be used to create channels in the driveway, whereby heat cable is then inserted. An epoxy topcoat is then applied to seal the cable, allowing consumers to enjoy the benefits of a heated driveway at relatively little cost. For added traction and safety, a sand broadcast can be applied to the surface before the epoxy cures if desired.

Asphalt driveways can also be easily retrofitted with radiant heat. ClearZone heat cable is laid out over the existing driveway, and a fresh layer of asphalt is then applied. This is a popular option for homeowners with asphalt driveways.

Each Warmzone driveway heating system is designed according to ASHRAE standards. This ensures that every system is customized specifically to meet the weather conditions and snow melting demands of the customer. Average snowfall and temperatures, and other factors specific to the locale are taken into consideration. For example, a heated driveway in Tehachapi, California will be different from one designed for Juno, Alaska.

Fully Automated and Efficient
Radiant snow melting systems efficiently operate only when needed. However, after the snowstorm, the system is designed to remain on for a short time to dry the surface area so that no black ice develops. This added safety feature is a Godsend to business owners, keeping parking areas, walkways, and entryways free of thin sheets of slick ice.

In addition to eliminating the costs associated with manual snow removal, automated snow melting systems ensure that when business opens in the morning after an unexpected snowstorm, the sidewalks, loading docks, ramps, etc., will be clear. Customers will have a safe, clear entryway to the business.  

Industry Leading Support Services
What sets Warmzone apart from other radiant heat providers is its preeminent customer services. That’s why professional installers continue to work with Warmzone for their radiant heating needs. In addition to receiving free installation training from Warmzone, installers are also assured of receiving installation support if needed during the install. Warmzone has a designated staff of experts who are tasked with assisting installers in the field.

Warmzone also houses a professional radiant heat system design staff. Our experienced designers carefully evaluate each radiant heating system and create a detailed CAD layout of the ideal system. The drawing includes the proper materials and layout of the heating element and components, as well as the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, and number of breakers. This gives the electrician and installers all the information necessary to proceed with a successful installation prior to one foot of heat cable being installed.

Warmzone representatives are also available to answer any questions you may have. If you’re interested in radiant heat, call and speak with a friendly expert today at 888.488.9276.

Home Heating with Radiant Heat

Radiant Heat – the Most Efficient Heating Technology Today

According to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA), prices for heating homes with fuels from natural gas to heating oil have risen to multiyear highs. With the demand for energy outpacing the growth in supply, homeowners can now expect to see a significant increase in their monthly heating bills this winter. In fact, with nearly half of U.S. households relying on natural gas for heat, those homeowners can expect an average cost increase of 30 percent this year when compared to last year’s cold months.

With rising costs, it’s important for heating systems to be as efficient as possible. Traditional forced-air systems are the most common heating solution, but unfortunately, they are notoriously inefficient. Advances have been made in furnace technology, yet still, the best systems boast an efficiency of only 80 to 90 percent.

Given the impending increase in home heating expenses, today’s homeowners are focusing on more efficient ways to heat the home – as well as ways to supplement their current heating system. If an alternate heating method also produces an increase in comfort, so much the better.

Whether you’re looking for comfort or efficiency, or both, radiant heat fits the bill. As the most efficient technology for heating homes and businesses today, radiant heat is fast becoming the heating system of choice for new homeowners, as well as commercial buildings.

ComfortTile floor heating system installed under tile floor
Ceramic tiled floor heated with ComfortTile floor heating system.

Ninety-nine percent of the energy used for heating floors translates directly into heat. No other heating technology comes close to matching this efficiency. And the comfort produced by a radiant floor heating system is rich and luxurious. One must experience radiant heat to fully appreciate its splendor.

Not all floor heating systems are created equal. Some are designed for heating hardwood floors, while others are designed for heating tile, or vinyl tile or laminate flooring. Feel free to call and speak with a floor heating expert at Warmzone. We will gladly go over all the options and suggest the systems that would be best for heating your home – without any pushy sales pressure.

As an industry leader, Warmzone offers one of the largest selections of radiant floor heating solutions on the market. Our heating elements range from thin heat cable and mats to paper-thin panels, flexible low-voltage polymer panels, in-slab heating cable, and even systems that can be installed under existing floors. The thin panels are installed between the floor joists, allowing homeowners to add warmth to rooms without tearing up the current flooring.

Despite the varied electric and hydronic (water based) systems that Warmzone offers, all the electric floor heating systems offer specific benefits. These systems operate silently, are maintenance free, and significantly more energy efficient. Radiant heating systems also offer health benefits that can be important for the elderly and those with allergies. Traditional forced-air heating systems blow warm air through a series of ducts, circulating dust and allergens throughout the house. Because radiant heat operates silently, heating the home from the floor up, there is no need for vents and a blower. Radiant heated homes have significantly less dust and allergens circulating through the house.

With multiple floor heating options for a variety of applications and mediums, finding the right choice can be tough for homeowners. But that’s why we’re here. At Warmzone we are dedicated to providing the absolute best customer service in the industry. Not only does that mean free installation training, technical support, and professional system design services, but our free consulting is available so you can feel comfortable with your decision. Take your time, talk with the pros and discover the best system for meeting your heating needs and budget.

Warmzone offers several payment methods, including financing options ranging from no interest, deferred interest, and reduced interest programs. The payment and financing options are designed to give customers a wide range of choices that best suit their needs while allowing them to purchase the radiant heat system of their dreams now.   If you’re thinking about adding a radiant floor heating system to your home or business, visit our floor heating web pages and call a friendly radiant heat expert today at 888-488-9276.

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.