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Finding the Right Roof Heating Cable

When it comes to Roof Deicing and Gutter Trace Solutions, Remember this: Not all Roof Heating Cable is Created Equal.

Beware of Cheap Local Hardware Store Heat Cable.

If you’re currently shopping for a roof heating solution, don’t settle on one system too quickly. Before you buy, it really pays to give Warmzone a call. They offer a range of affordable, reliable products to suit your home and your budget; and access to a staff of knowledgeable, reliable professionals to help you make an affordable, informed decision you can live with.

Roof with snow and ice build up, in need of a roof deicing system.

Why not buy heat cable at your local home improvement center? As with any home improvement project, you’ll find there are many options, including many “bargain” roof heating cables that can be easily purchased right off the shelf. Many of these cables are designed to only deliver minimum wattage, which means that they will not perform well in extremely cold temperatures. Warmzone offers a large selection of proven heat cable specifically designed for roof deicing applications that can easily handle any cold-weather job.

Cheaper cable can also suffer from deficits in performance due to poor construction. Consider the outer jacket or covering of a radiant heat cable. On a “typical” cable, this outer jacket tends to bubble or separate from the cable core when the cable is manipulated for turns during installation. These irregularities can create stress points on the cable, allowing water to reach the core, resulting in erratic heating and eventual cable failure.

Warmzone self-regulating heat cable has a higher quality outer jacket that helps to ensure the integrity of the cable. As a result, this flexible cable construction delivers a more consistent, reliable performance than a solution you might find at your typical hardware chain. Warmzone’s roof deicing and gutter trace cable is rated to perform in the worst weather conditions winter can bring.

Heat cable installed in commercial gutter trace application

And if you’re thinking of installing the radiant heat system you just picked up from your local hardware today, you’ll most likely have to wait until the temperature warms up. That’s because the carbon in a “cheaper” cable becomes brittle and can easily break when bent or manipulated in colder temperatures. The good news—unlike “bargain” heat cable, the high quality carbon center and outer jacket of a Warmzone cable remains flexible at temperatures as low as 0 degrees Fahrenheit, so you don’t have to wait until spring to install it.

For long term, reliable performance, Warmzone’s self-regulating “R” cable sets the industry gold standard. RHSR-R is UL listed self-regulating heat cable that can be used for roof and gutter heating as well as pipe tracing applications. This proven cable features a flexible, UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer overjacket that protects the carbon core for wet applications and exposure to the sun. This cable is versatile enough for both plastic or metal pipe freeze protection, and temperature maintenance of tanks, pipes and valves, and is covered by a 10-year warranty.

Of course, the best way to save money on your gutter trace system is to purchase an affordable cable that will perform in extreme cold and last as long as your roof. For more information on quality roof deicing solutions, give Warmzone a call at 888.488.9276.

Don’t get Caught in a Deep Freeze. Protect your Home with a Warmzone Roof Deicing System.

Keeping your roof clear of ice and snow buildup is critical to maintaining the integrity of your home, and Warmzone offers the perfect snow melting solution for the job. With a fully-automated Warmzone radiant heated roof, you won’t have to worry about costly ice and water damage, frost erosion or dangerous falling ice any longer.

Roof deicing system heating roof edges and valley

Unlike the bargain roof heating solutions you might find at your local hardware store, Warmzone radiant heated roof systems are rated for extremely cold weather and are fully-automated. They are controlled by automatic sensors designed to detect changes in temperature and precipitation. When conditions warrant, the sensor sends a signal to activate the heating element just as the storm starts, preventing snow from accumulating on your roof. There’s no switch to flip, no weather channel to monitor. With a Warmzone radiant roof heating system, you simply set it and forget it. No matter what the conditions, Warmzone RoofHeat systems will keep your roof, gutters and downspouts clear and dry.

If you’re concerned about the cost of heating your entire roof, no worries! Warmzone offers a wide selection of proven roof deicing systems that can be customized to meet your specific needs. Gutter trace systems, for example, are easily installed in existing gutters and downspouts to melt ice and snow, allowing it to freely flow down the roof and through the downspout and away from your home. Or choose a Warmzone RoofHeat panel system. They also rely on self-regulating heat cable which is channeled into an aluminum panel to quickly warm the edges of your roof and prevent snow from having any chance to build up. Another option, RoofHeat STEP low-voltage heating elements can be installed under the shingles, in roof valleys and problem areas of your roof where snow and ice have a tendency to build up. These low-voltage systems can also be safely installed under metal roofs.

Whatever your strategy, any snow melting solution for you roof is only as good as the cable behind it. Unlike typical “bargain” heat cable, Warmzone’s durable self-regulating heat cable is effective for roofs, gutters and drainpipes regardless of the conditions. Heat cable commonly found in large hardware stores is low-end cable that often tends to crack and break under cold conditions. But Warmzone’s heat cable is more durable under cold weather conditions. The self-regulating heat cable features a solid inner core surrounded by a rugged, durable outer jacket that reduces the chances of “bubbling” or pulling away from the core when the cable is manipulated, and is completely waterproof. The cable can be installed in cold or warm weather to protect your roof and home from ice dams and eliminate the costly results of water damage.

Remember, while those icicles may look pretty, they can be a sign of bigger problems. Make a smart investment in your home by installing a trusted roof heating system from Warmzone. Call today at 888.488.9276.

Roof Deicing – A Smart Investment for Homeowners in Syracuse, New York

Roof Deicing and Gutter Trace Systems Eliminate Dangerous Ice Hazards

It’s all too common in most Syracuse, New York neighborhoods; falling roof ice and dangerous ice buildup forming on roofs and ledges of homes and businesses. The need for a roof deicing system has long since been the coveted solution, but installing a gutter or roof deicing system was perceived by many consumers as a luxury for the wealthy. However, as home and business owners learn about the benefits and affordability of roof deicing systems, more and more residents in Syracuse are now finding heated roofs to be an affordable and necessary investment.

Safety for family and friends is always a concern, and safety for customers is at the forefront of the minds of business establishments. Ice dams and icicles that form in the winter months cause unnecessary hazards that most homeowners aren’t willing to put up with. Icicles can easily dislodge, and injure pedestrians below. Ice dams not only can cause expensive damage to roofs, but once a roof is damaged, the consequence can be expensive water damage to the interior of homes and businesses. Installing roof deicing heat cables is a simple and cost-effective way to prevent the winter hazards associated with living in Syracuse.

Roof heat can easily be added to your roof eaves, thereby eliminating ice and snow in those areas. Heated roofs keep your home perimeter safe and reduce the risk of costly repairs that come with the destructive powers of winter – not to mention reducing the chances of litigation due to personal injury.

Protecting your home, roof, pedestrians and loved ones with a roof deicing system offers safety and freeze prevention throughout the harsh winter months. Many homeowners in Syracuse, New York are praising the peace of mind that comes from the protection that roof snow melting systems provide. Warmzone offers roof heating systems and gutter heating cable for all types of applications and roofing surfaces, including new construction, remodeling, or existing roofs. For more information, call 888.488.9276 today.

Pipe Trace Systems

Solutions for Industrial, Commercial and Residential Applications

As a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, Warmzone has earned its reputation as a trusted industry leader. Having designed systems that have been installed in large refineries, commercial facilities and custom residential applications, Warmzone’s expertise is a valuable asset to businesses or homeowners seeking a reliable pipe trace solution.

Heat cable on pipes for pipe tracing system

Warmzone pipe trace systems can be installed for pipe freeze prevention as well as process temperature maintenance installations. The self-regulating heat cable is UL listed and approved for hazardous and non-hazardous applications. It can be used for plastic or metal pipe freeze protection and flow maintenance of pipes, tanks, valves.

The self-regulating characteristics of the heat cable means that it automatically varies its power output in response to pipe temperature changes. When the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases. This ensures energy-efficient operation. The cable will also not overheat or burnout – even when touching or overlapping.

Additionally, because of the self-regulating properties, a thermostat may not be necessary in some applications. With the optional outer jacket, the heating cable is resistant to watery and inorganic chemicals and protected against abrasion and impact damage. RHSR is suitable for use in explosion-hazardous areas up to a maximally admissible work-place temperature of +149° F (65° C).

Features Include:

Energy Efficient Operation – The self-regulating cable automatically varies its power output in response to pipe temperature changes. When the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases, ensuring energy-efficient operation. And the cable will not overheat or burnout – even when touching or overlapping.

Lower Cost – Less installation cost than steam tracing; less maintenance expense and less downtime.

Pipe trace heating cable installed

Safe / Durable – Does not overheat or burn out, even when touching or overlapping.

Versatile – Suitable for use in non-hazardous, hazardous and corrosive environments.

Easy Installation – The cable can be cut to any length required on site (up to max circuit length) so there’s no wasted cable. And the termination, power connection, splice, tee, and end seal kit reduces installation time and requires no special skills or tools.

Heat Cable Options Include:

Tinned copper braid provides additional mechanical protection and a positive ground path

Flame retardant thermoplastic outer jacket protects against certain inorganic chemical solutions. It also protects against abrasion and impact damage.

The high-temperature Fluoropolymer outer jacket is used when there may be exposure to organic or corrosive solutions, or vapors may be present.

RHSR is UL listed, self-regulating parallel heating cable designed for a variety of industrial applications and environments, including hazardous and nonhazardous. It can be used for plastic or metal pipe freeze protection and flow maintenance of pipes, tanks, valves.

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

Warmzone Roof Deicing Panels

Prevent Ice Dams from Forming

As we look forward to a warm summer, many residents in the north east are still reeling from the costly effects of record snowfall. Ice dams continue to be winter’s biggest culprit when it comes to roof damage.

Warm air slowly escapes from the home and into the attic where it warms the roof, causing snow to melt. As the runoff trickles down the roof, it reaches the eaves. Because the eaves extend out over the edges of the house, there is no warm air from the attic below. In the evening, the runoff will reach the cold eaves and refreeze. There, the ice continues to build up as more snow melts. The wall of ice causes water to build up behind it, refreezing every time the temperature dips below 32°Fahrenheit.

When the water pools up behind these ice dams, it can seep into tiny cracks in the roofing material where it refreezes and expands. This repeated process can eventually compromise the structure. Water can slowly work its way into the attic and then drip through the ceiling or down walls. Oftentimes the homeowner is not aware of any problem until significant water damage has occurred.

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.

Roof heating panel and heat cable

Features of the RoofHeat Panels Include:

  • Panels are made of aluminum
  • Deicing cables are inserted into the cable channel
  • Systems feature self-regulating heat cable
  • Shingles are installed on top of the panel, only the cable channel is visible
  • Panels can be painted to match the shingle color
  • Panels are 4-feet long and 6-inches wide with a cable channel
  • Panels that feature a slanted cable channel mount along the roof edge
  • Panels that feature a flat cable channel mount above the roof edge and along the inside
    of the valleys

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 unique to your specific roof heating needs. Call for more information or send us your project details for a free quote.

Why Warmzone’s Self-Regulating Heat Cable is a Cut Above the Competition

Banish Snow and Ice from your Roof and Gutters, and Protect Pipes with the Industry’s Top Self-Regulating Heat Trace Cable

With sub-zero temperatures upon us, the last thing most of us want to do is fool around with manual outdoor snow and ice removal. As the temperatures maintain their frosty grip on much of the country, installing a radiant heat solution for your roof, gutters and pipes is a wise, potentially cost-savings move. Featuring a superior outer jacket and carbon core, making installation in frigid conditions possible, Warmzone self-regulating cable truly is the best choice.

What makes Warmzone’s self-regulating cable unique? The outer jacket of other leading brands of heat cable tends to “bubble” or separate from the cable core when the cable is manipulated for turns. These irregularities create stress points on the cable that allow water to reach the core, causing erratic heating and eventual cable failure. To better illustrate this point, consider the photos shown. At a bend radius of about 2 inches, the outer jacket of other popular heating cables bubbles and pulls away from the core, creating a visible stress point prone to water seepage and eventual failure.

Comparing heat trace cable bending radius

At a bend radius of 1½ inches, the outer jacket of the Warmzone cable is smooth, showing no signs of bubbling. The durable outer jacket is more flexible, so it minimizes “puckering”, even at a tight bend radius. These performance differences are extremely important in applications where tight cable manipulation is critical, including gutters, roofs and pipe tracing.

Warmzone self-regulating heat cable can also be installed at much lower temperatures than most, and that’s critical if you’re in a region prone to colder conditions and in need of a solution right now. That’s because the minimum installation temperature for most self-regulating heat cables is 32 – 40°F. At temperatures lower than this, the carbon becomes brittle and prone to breaking when bent or manipulated; and the outer jacket of most competitive cables also tends to stiffen, making it difficult to safely install in cold weather.

Warmzone self-regulating heat trace cable with durable outer jacket

The high quality carbon center of Warmzone’s self-regulating radiant heating cable is much more resilient, and can withstand installation temperatures as low as 0°F, making them a safe bet for installation in some rather frosty conditions. Factor in the flexibility of the outer jacket in the same weather and you can expect easier installation and more reliable performance.

If you’ve decided on Warmzone radiant heating cable, perhaps the hardest sell is finding the right installation team for the job on short notice. Warmzone can help with that too. They’ve forged deep relationships with wholesalers and general contractors across the country to deliver the most advanced, reliable snow melting solutions around, and they’re a great resource for installation support. Just give them a call at 888.488.9276 and discover how Warmzone can keep ice off the roof, out of the gutter and away from your pipes.

Warmzone Design and Support Services

Warmzone Customer Service is Second to None

If you’re one of many savvy business owners intent on growing your business with radiant heat, Warmzone’s design services are an invaluable resource. Each and every radiant heat solution you purchase from Warmzone comes with a professional consultation, including an AutoCAD system design, so you’ll know the exact power requirements and performance expectations for your project prior to installation. These services are second to none in the industry, and are included with your purchase.

Overwhelmed by the prospect of tackling something new? Warmzone’s design team can take a lot of the work and headache out of the equation for you so you can competently recommend and deliver the right radiant heat solution for your customers. Our experts free you up to do what you do best, so there’s no need to feel overwhelmed by the prospects of installing a radiant heat system when you work with Warmzone. If you can send us a rough drawing of the project on a piece of paper or describe it over the phone, Warmzone will take care of the details from there. We’ll specify the correct materials, load calculations, breaker sizes, the number of breakers you’ll need, etc. So again, don’t be intimidated by installing radiant heat. Warmzone will take care of the details as well as provide personal installation support. When you partner with Warmzone to install radiant heat, you’re never alone. And our experts are the best in the business.

Example of Warmzone radiant heat system AutoCAD

Warmzone has the breadth and depth of products and design services you’ll need to complete your next project quickly, efficiently and within budget, without compromising quality. And you won’t have to go it alone. Warmzone stays with you throughout the installation process to make sure the system is installed correctly and performing as advertised. Your dedicated account manager will follow your project from start to finish to your complete satisfaction.

In addition to personal installation support, you also have access to a library of installation resources available at warmzone.com. Warmzone maintains a vast collection of documentation, photos and illustrations that can assist you during your installation or selection process.

Deep industry knowledge and design experience informs every radiant heat design Warmzone renders for their customers. Over the years, their design team has developed relationships with experts in cutting edge radiant heat technology, along with plenty of insights they enthusiastically pass on to installers and contractors selecting and installing radiant heat for their customers.

Warmzone also offers product and installation training. including certifications provided upon completion of training. If you’re in the area, you can also take advantage of in house training with Warmzone professionals.

Whether you’re new to radiant heat technology, or have a specific project you need help with, give Warmzone a call at 888.488.9276. The call is free, the quote is free, and the advice, invaluable!

Cut Down on Icicles with Roof Gutter Heating

Family and Guests are Safer Thanks to Roof Deicing

Icicles are really cool to look at. They are even fun to break and shatter into pieces onto the sidewalks below. Icicles are a good sign of upcoming warmer weather too, as they drip and shrink they predict the welcome upcoming spring. But as pretty as they are, icicles can also be incredibly dangerous. Icicles can fall without warning and small children, pets, and the elderly won’t be able to move out of the way fast enough. This often leads to injuries that could otherwise be avoided. Many business owners and homeowners alike worry about the best way to keep to their patrons and families safe.

Self-regulating roof heating cable

To create a more hospitable entryway into any building, consider installing a roof gutter heating system . Heat cables from one of these fully automated systems stretch the length of your roof line and keep icicles from ever forming.

Roof gutter heating is the #1 way to provide a safe entrance to any dwelling. Roof deicing isn’t a new concept but it is one catching on as people strive to protect the people they love as well as the structure itself. Extensive roof damage has been known to occur thanks to large ice dams forming in the winter. The daytime temperatures often never reach melting levels so the ice melts and then re-forms repeatedly. And then it snows again, creating several more layers of damaging ice that potentially could ruin your roof. Ice dams and icicles don’t have a chance to form with roof deicing, which protects your gutters and the people walking beneath them too.

You Won’t Need an Entire Posse to Install Radiant Roof Heat Cable

Roof Snow Melting is a Simple Do-It-Yourself Weekend Project

Our time, or rather our spare time, is minimal these days and seems to be shrinking with each new technological development. Although designed to make our lives easier, these handy gadgets seem to draw us further from free time than ever before. So tackling a home improvement project seems like an overwhelming hill to climb, when time, or rather spare time, is rare and precious. Keeping your home safe from future water damage is an important undertaking and you need not fear that undertaking this undertaking will over-take your weekend plans. You won’t even need to bring in a massive posse to help you install radiant roof heating cable. It’s a fairly simple process, and there are many different roof heating options to choose from.

Roof deicing system heating roof edges and valley
A mountain lodge with heated roof edges (to prevent ice dams from forming).

Once you’ve decided to install a roof deicing system to keep your gutters free of damaging ice and snow dams then you need only call a Warmzone expert to find out how much snow melting cable you will need. The rest is a simple do-it-yourself project that can easily be tackled in a day. You’ll need to ensure you have a power source nearby so once you are done the radiant roof heating can be plugged in, but other than that the installation is fairly straightforward. The length of radiant roof cable you’ll need is the key component and once you have that figured out you can call your posse and tell them to come over Sunday afternoon to admire all your handy-work and enjoy some time relaxing inside together boasting over your success