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Warmzone Roof Deicing Systems

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

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

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

Low-voltage heating element

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

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

Features of the RoofHeat STEP Roof Deicing System

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

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

El Niño Expected to Affect Winter Weather in Northern America

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

Heated driveway with brick pavers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Warmzone Appointed as the Exclusive U.S. Distributor of STEP Warmfloor Roof Deicing Systems

Warmzone Continues to Lead the way with Proven Radiant Heat Solutions and Complete System Design Services

Draper, Utah (PR WEB) – September 28, 2012Warmzone, a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, has announced that it will be the exclusive distributor of STEP Warmfloor’s advanced roof deicing systems. As one of the largest radiant heat solutions provider, Warmzone offers a vast selection of radiant heat products and services. The STEP Warmfloor™ system complements Warmzone’s existing product line and is touted as one of today’s most innovative radiant heating technologies.

“We’re excited to be the exclusive distributor of these efficient systems,” stated Brandon Weaver, VP Systems Design and Engineering at Warmzone. “The STEP roof deicing systems are proven solutions that help to protect structures and enhance safety by eliminating ice dams and heavy ice buildup.”

As the manufacturer of one of the most advanced, energy efficient roof heating systems on the market, STEP Warmfloor™ was very selective in determining the ideal distributor for its roof heating product. While Warmzone had already established a track record of successfully selling the system, this was only one aspect involved in the decision making process. Warmzone’s customer service, system design and installation support is second to none, and was a principle factor influencing the outcome of STEP Warmfloor’s choice to appoint Warmzone as the exclusive distributor.

STEP Warmfloor™ issued the following statement:

Although the STEP roof deicing systems work great, special skills and experience are required to give roofers the confidence necessary to install our system. Warmzone has this knowledge and experience, and have been selling our deicing systems with great success for some time now. Their positive results have led us to appoint them as our distribution agent in the United States for all roof deicing applications, and from this point on, all roof deicing orders will be designed by Warmzone. We feel this arrangement will benefit all parties involved.

Installing roof heating system at roof edge and valley

The STEP deicing system utilizes a unique polymer blend that heats when electricity passes through it. This thin, flexible heating element has the ability to self-regulate its electrical consumption, making it more energy efficient than most other systems. Solar and wind power can also be directly integrated to these heating systems due to its ability to accept AC or DC current. These advanced roof heating products have also been designed to exceed typical low-voltage standards and are now compliant to SELV (safety extra-low voltage) which is 30 volts or less under all load conditions.

RoofHeat STEP deicing systems are extremely versatile and can be applied beneath all roofing materials, including metal. RoofHeat is an effective and discreet heating system that safely melts ice and snow from eaves to prevent structural damage or safety hazards from falling ice.

For a free quote, distributorship opportunities or more information on these roof heating systems or other snow melting and floor heating solutions, contact a Warmzone radiant heating expert at 888.488.9276 or visit www.warmzone.com.

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About WARMZONE – Premier Radiant Heating
Warmzone’s mission is to match customer’s needs with the finest radiant heating systems available. As an intermediary between project requirements and a variety of system choices, Warmzone offers non-biased, 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 in both the United States and Canada.

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Protect Your Roof With a RoofHeat System

Don’t Get Snowed-in by an Inferior Radiant Heat Solution: Protect your Home with a RoofHeat STEP Deicing System

Put the finishing touch on that new roof installation, or preserve the integrity of your roof and your home with a RoofHeat STEP low-voltage deicing system by Warmzone. It is a top-of-the-line radiant heat system that is a good fit for you roof, and your budget. Paired with an existing or new gutter ice melting system, you will benefit this winter from the convenience and peace of mind that comes with a complete roof deicing solution.

Heated roof edge

RoofHeat STEP deicing systems involve three main components: a transformer, a heating element and an activation device (usually a sensor to trigger system operation in inclement weather). Here is a look at each of these elements at a glance:

  • A transformer is an individual control unit responsible for a specific section of the deicing system, and can step down from high voltage to low voltage (60V or less). It is the source for monitoring the power and output to the system heat cables to ensure safe, accurate performance of your radiant roof heating and deicing system.
  • Thin, semi-conductive polymer RoofHeat heating elements can be easily cut to size and discreetly nailed or stapled under shingles for a quick and easy installation. The heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication for water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage.
  • When temperature and precipitation indicate snow, the activation device/snow sensor triggers the control panel. The control panel then sends power to the heating element to activate the RoofHeat STEP deicing system and heat your roof.

RoofHeat STEP deicing systems are a wise home improvement investment. It protects your home from the harmful effects of moisture caused by ice damming—moisture that can seep into roof decking, and eventually into your home. And it is fully automated—simply set the power unit and forget it. No more precarious perching on a ladder or slippery roof with a rake or push broom. Once the system is activated, the roof warms to efficiently prevent snow from accumulating and protects your roof from ice and water damage.

Available in 4, 6, 9 and 12 inch widths; RoofHeat heating elements can be cut and customized for just about any application. In fact, installing a Warmzone radiant heat roof deicing system is quite easy compared to competitive radiant heat systems. If you can swing a hammer or use a staple gun, you can install a RoofHeat heating element. The low-voltage heating element comes in a durable vinyl enclosure and can be easily nailed, stapled, or attached with fasteners or screws under a variety of roofing materials, including metal.

Whether you’re a do-it-yourselfer or hiring a professional roofer, at some point you will require the assistance of an experienced electrician. The good news is that the average electrical professional will find the entire installation process quite intuitive; and Warmzone has the components, professionals and online resources to help you every step of the way. Call 888-488-9276 or visit us online at www.warmzone.com to start planning your radiant roof heating system.

Keep the Snow at Bay with a Radiant Heated Driveway

Just Like Your Favorite Hot Drink on a Cold Day, A Heated Driveway Will Quickly Become Something You Love!
Starbucks has made the shift to Pumpkin Lattes, and pretty soon, a warm drink (or a heated driveway) might be your antidote for winter weather. You may have heard of a heated driveway, but may consider it a luxury rivaling that $4.00 coffee drink your favorite barista serves up. What you may not realize—the benefits of electric radiant heated driveways far outweigh their modest installation costs. But to understand just how much you’ll save, you’ll need a basic understanding of how a radiant heated driveway works.

A warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire

Radiant heat is an incredibly efficient method for melting snow and ice from driveways and walkways, and is becoming increasingly popular as a practical home improvement solution. There are two types of systems: electric and hydronic. Electric snowmelt systems use heat cable while hydronic systems generate hot water, then pump it through plastic PEX tubing. In either case, the heating elements are installed under the surface of the driveway, and radiate heat upwards to quickly melt snow and ice before it has a chance to stick.

Every automated driveway snow melting system is composed of three main items: the heating element, the controller and the activation device. Sturdy resistance cable is the main heating element for an electric radiant heated driveway system and is sufficient (and practical) for most residential applications. It can be easily installed in almost any medium, under brick or stone pavers, newly poured concrete, or even hot asphalt. And Warmzone will design the system to best meet your snow melting requirements and budget. Heat the entire driveway or just heat two 24-inch tire tracks. Heated driveway systems can be easily customized to fit your needs.

A wall-mounted control box is the command center for the automated electric radiant heated driveway. It communicates with aerial or pavement-mounted snow switch that activates the system when it detects precipitation and the temperature reaches a set point (usually set at 38-39° Fahrenheit). Because it’s fully automated, there’s no switch to flip, or surfing the net for changing weather conditions. And if you want to get a jump on the weather, most systems include a manual timer for preheating areas before a large storm or melting a snow drift or ice that found its way to your driveway well after the storm hit.

Now that you understand just how an automated driveway snow melting system works, it’s easy to see the benefits. The initial purchase and installation of a heated driveway system more than pays for itself when you consider the fees associated with professional snow removal services. A radiant heated driveway operates for just pennies on the dollar, and is activated before one snowflake ever hits pavement. With a snow removal service, you’re facing much longer wait times, and years of seasonal fees that can be quite large.

So perhaps you’re a roll-up-your-sleeves-and-start-shoveling or snow blowing type. Depending on how deep the snow is, you’re also facing minutes to hours of shoveling or pushing a gas-spewing, noisy snow blower around, plus the risk of serious injury, depending on your age and physical condition. Using salt and other harsh snow melting chemicals destroys the surrounding vegetation, but radiant heat eliminates the need (and cost) of chemicals. Heated driveways can save you money and time. Wouldn’t it be nice to spend the time saved inside with a newspaper and your favorite hot beverage watching the snowfall instead?

The price of an electric radiant heated driveway, along with the ease of installation and low operational costs make it the perfect choice for a homeowner on a budget. But don’t just take my word for it. To learn more about radiant heated driveways, visit www.warmzone.com or call a sales representative to assist you find what best suits your snow melting needs at 888.488.9276.