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Make Life Easier with a Spring Installation

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.

Warmzone EcoTrace™ Single-feed Contactor Panels

Introducing the Labor-Saving Contactor Panel Hailed by Electricians

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

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

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

Single-feed contactor panel

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

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

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

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

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

About WARMZONE

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

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

The Surprising Benefits of a Radiant Heated Driveway

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

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

Heated driveway with cut out

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

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

An Added Benefit

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

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

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

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

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

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

Clear the Way with ClearZone Snow Melting Systems

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

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

Heated paver driveway

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Custom Snow Melting Options

Snow melting systems are an efficient, reliable, and easy way to keep your home or business safe and snow free in the winter. Warmzone provides top-quality components that provide versatile options for any customer. With Warmzone, industry leading products like ClearZone snow melting systems can be used in almost any home or business application. Systems can be installed under almost any medium , whether it’s concrete, brick pavers, or even hot asphalt with special snow melting cable, making customization even easier.

Warmzone’s fully automated snow melting systems include a heating element, an activation device, and a contactor panel. These systems use the activation device to detect a set temperature or moisture, and then the contactor panel sends a signal to the embedded heat cable, which begins heating the driveway to ensure it remains free of snow and ice. ClearZone electric snowmelt cable is among the best in the industry, and is available on a roll or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is considered one of the best in the industry not just because of its versatility but its rugged durability, making it a great choice for customized projects.

Heated steps and entryway

One of the first areas people think about when installing a snow melting system is their driveway. There are many options when it comes to heating a driveway. You can heat an entire paved driveway or sidewalk, or have your snow melting system custom designed and tailored to your specifications. Heating an 8 foot strip in the middle of your driveway is an option if you prefer not to heat an entire area, or even have two 24-inch wide tire tracks installed. This is a popular option because of its affordability and low operation costs. Another option for those not wanting to heat an entire area is to simply heat trouble spots. Inclines or shaded areas, or areas where snow drifts tend to form may be ideal for a radiant snow melting system. Heating a high traffic area is also a great option for homes, whether that’s your front sidewalk, your entry stairs, or a specific area of a driveway.

Driveways aren’t the only place that electric snowmelt systems can be installed. Snow melting systems are a great investment for businesses owners. Radiant heat can be installed at outdoor malls to increase safety and keep business steady during cold winter months. Commercial sidewalks as well as entryways are also great places to install snow melting systems to protect customers from wet feet and slipping on ice. Warmzone’s snow melting systems have been installed in large commercial applications for businesses around the country.

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

The level of customization that Warmzone’s snow melting systems offer makes them great for many other applications. State and federal government agencies trust Warmzone electric snow melt systems to keep their buildings warm and safe. Other agencies, such as metropolitan transit authorities also utilize the benefits of industry leading customization to heat train platforms as well as bus stops, enhancing safety for commuters every winter. Warmzone’s snow melting systems are also a great choice to prevent ice and snow buildup on pedestrian bridges and ramps, and are utilized by departments of transportation in states across the country.

With their versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems have also been used in unusual areas such as airports, or to provide safety by eliminating snow and ice on runaway truck ramps. Other unusual applications include industrial facilities or refineries. Whatever application your business has, a Warmzone snow melting system is a great option.

On top of state-of-the-art components and versatility, Warmzone’s snow melting systems also include industry leading customer service to help you design the perfect system for any home or business. An experienced system designer will help you design the perfect layout to accommodate your needs, using the best products, as well as provide real time installation support. Warmzone provides free installation training services as well, which ultimately saves you time and money in the long run. They’ll stand by you during every step of installation. Warmzone also maintains relationships with top rated installers throughout the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted electrician and installer in your area. Warmzone specialists are happy to help you with any questions, and with industry leading system design services, each radiant heat system can be installed and working at peak efficiency in no time. Warmzone’s ability to customize each system also means that snow melting systems can be configured to meet any budget to ensure you receive exactly what you need at a price that you can afford.

If you still have questions about the many radiant heat options available at Warmzone, call us today at 888.488.9276.

ClearZone Snow Melting Systems

Snow melting systems may not be the first thing on your mind when the weather is beautiful and warm, but spring is a great time to install a snow melting system. There are a lot of options when it comes to snow melting systems, but Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow melting system is one of the best options available on the market today. When you work with Warmzone, choosing and installing an efficient and reliable snow melting system for your home or business is always easy and stress free.

The ClearZone snow melting system is a fully automated system that consists of three main components: the heating cable, an activation device (snow sensor), and a contactor panel. When the temperature hits the set point and precipitation is detected, the sensor signals the contactor panel, and power is sent to the embedded heat cable. These components work together to ensure each snow melting system operates only when needed, to quickly and efficiently melt snow and ice.

Heated pavers at outdoor mall.

The first component; heat cable, is possibly the most important. Warmzone’s ClearZone Snow Melting Cable is an industry leading cable that is trusted for residential and commercial radiant heat installations around the country. ClearZone cable is a high-quality single-point connection twin-conductor cable that is trusted by installers throughout the country. The twin conductor is housed in fluoropolymer insulation, a copper metal sheathing, and then a polyolefin outer casing, making it one of the most durable cables on the market. It can be used under almost any medium- from pavers to concrete, and even hot asphalt applications. The cable is rated at 120-600 volts, and has an output of 12 W per foot.  The cable is also CSA listed for the U.S. and Canada, and comes with a 10-year limited warranty.

ClearZone heating cable is also extremely versatile, available off spools, or pre-spaced in mats. ClearZone cable is the best choice for installations that need more installation flexibility, such as oddly shaped areas. It can be easily laid out in any custom shaped area. The cable is available in multiple lengths, and can be customized to meet the specifics of your project, making it easy to heat any area, no matter the shape or size.

ClearZone Radiant Snow melting mats come with heat cable pre-spaced for the demands of the application. These mats are rolled out for quick and easy installation. The mats are also rated at 120-600 V and feature an output of 37 W per foot squared and 50 W per square foot. These mats make installation for large snow melting applications quick and easy.

ClearZone heat cable is also extremely durable. Not only can it be put under pavers or concrete, but a specially designed version can withstand the high heat of a fresh asphalt pour. The external jacket is rated to withstand 460°F for up to 10 minutes. The asphalt is poured directly over the cable (or mats). Snow melting mats can be purchased in lengths of 11, 30, 51, 65, or 80 feet, making mats a great choice for almost any application. (Custom lengths can also be ordered.) ClearZone for asphalt is a good choice for new pours, but driveways or walkways can be retrofitted as well. Both ClearZone cable and mats provide a maintenance free, efficient, and safe way to keep walkways, driveways, parking areas, ramps, or loading docks safely free of snow and ice.

Deciding whether cable or mats are best for your project can be a difficult decision, but when you purchase top of the line products from Warmzone, you also receive industry leading customer service. At Warmzone, customer service begins with a professional designer to help you every step of the way: from picking out the appropriate products, to the layout of your system, to providing installation training and technical support as you begin your install. Warmzone has customer service professionals available to help you any time. These professionals can help you with all the services to help ensure a successful installation. Services include online instructional videos, free installation training, professional system design and personal installation support, Warmzone is with you every step of the way. Working with Warmzone means not only will you receive quality components, but also comprehensive high-quality customer service.

Radiant snow melting systems can also extend the life of your driveway. Because radiant heat not only keeps your driveway from sub-zero temperatures, it also dries the pavement after a storm, helping to greatly reduce the chance of spalling. Because concrete is porous, water from melted snow that refreezes can lead to spalling, and ultimately cracking of the concrete. Heated driveways dramatically reduce the chances of this scenario.

Concrete spalling
Spalling of a concrete driveway.

If you have questions about snow melting systems, call Warmzone today at 888-488-9276.

Versatile Snow Melting Systems

Efficient and Easy-to-Customize Warmzone Radiant Heat Systems

Snow melting systems are an affordable investment in safe, convenient warmth for any home or business.  When purchasing a radiant snow meting system, the first and possibly most important step is ensuring that the system has high quality components that will stand the test of time, and allow the system to function at peak efficiency. ClearZone snow melting systems from Warmzone are fully automated and function with three main components that work together to assure the heated area is clear 24/7, making winter safer and more hassle free.

Heated asphalt tire tracks

The first component of a ClearZone snow melting systems is industry leading ClearZone radiant heat cable. This UL listed, twin-conductor cable is rugged and versatile, and features single point connection for easy installation. CZ cable consists of a FEP/XLPE insulation, polyolefin jacketing to provide flexibility and protection from UV damage. The heat cable produces 30-50 watts per square foot, and is rated at 220°F. This durable cable is commonly used in fresh concrete pours, under pavers, and in asphalt. The cable used for hot asphalt applications is specially designed to withstand the heat and stress of asphalt applications. This special CZ cable is rated at 460°F for up to 10 minutes.

ClearZone heat cable comes on spools or pre-spaced in mats. Cable off the spool is easily installed into custom shaped areas and is the best choice for installations that require more flexibility; such as intricate or odd shaped areas. For more traditionally shaped areas or for quicker installations, radiant heating mats are used.

ClearZone radiant heating mats come with heat cable pre-spaced (3 or 4-inch spacing available) on 2-foot wide mats. The backing tape, pre-spacing and forming the cable into mats can be cut to accommodate turns and layout needs, providing quick and easy installation. Both radiant heating cable and mats come with a 10-year manufacturer warranty, and is backed by unparalleled customer support services from Warmzone.

The activation device (snow sensor) is the second integral part of any snow melting system. The device works by sensing precipitation and the temperature, and only activates the system when it is needed. When the device senses the set temperature (usually set at 38° or 39°F) and precipitation, it signals the master controller, which then powers the heating element. Activation devices can be mounted in the surface of the area to be heated, or aerially to detect weather conditions. The aerial-mounted snow sensor allows adjustment of the temperature trigger point, the delay off cycle, and can be upgraded for remote activation. The sensor is also compact and easy to install and is compatible with smart systems. In ground sensors are typically more common for large commercial applications. In-ground sensors use a small control unit instead of a contactor panel, allowing for control from an external signal. The control unit can be switched on/off (standby) and the heating system can be turned on manually to deal with snow drifts or if ice should form in the shade.

The final component of a ClearZone Snow melting system is the contactor panel. This unit receives the signal from the sensor and powers the heating element embedded under the surface. At Warmzone, contactor panels come with or without Ground Fault Equipment Protection.  When equipped with GFEP, fault risk and extra steps and costs of installation are minimized. Warmzone’s contactor panels work with aerial activation devices and come with a 2-year limited warranty.

The versatility of ClearZone Snow melting systems allows installation in almost any medium and application. Some of Warmzone’s snow melting system installations include:

Driveways

Sidewalks

Public transit (bus stops / train platforms)

Winter resorts

Hospital entrances

Churches

Shopping centers, malls (entryways, parking areas and ramps)

Runaway truck ramps

City center sidewalks

Airport aprons

Outdoor steps

Pedestrian bridges

Loading docks and ramps

Wheelchair ramps

Heated entryway

While heating an entire area is a popular option, custom installs are also easy with ClearZone products. Whether just a high traffic area needs heating, a strip in the middle of a driveway, tire tracks, or even an outdoor kennel, ClearZone snow melting systems provide endless customization options, not only to accommodate your snow melting needs, but your budget as well.

Warmzone not only has top-of-the-line components and customization options, but industry leading customer service that includes free installation training, professional system design/engineering services, and installation tech support. These services are available to help any customer design and install the perfect snow melting system for any area. Warmzone’s industry leading products and customer service have gained the trust of customers all over the country- from federal, state and local government, to Fortune 500 companies. Warmzone has helped install snow melting systems for customers throughout Northern America.

When considering a snow melting system, Warmzone is the best option available from purchase to installation. Online support including access to manuals, tips, and videos is available, in addition to technical support services, making sure your ClearZone system is installed and operating smoothly. For more information, call Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.

Automated, Maintenance Free Snow Melting Systems

Turn Winter into a Wonderland with a Heated Driveway

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

A warm mug of hot chocolate by the fire

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heated driveway with heated tire tracks

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

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

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

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

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

Designing Radiant Heated Driveways

Warmzone Professionals Take Care of the Leg Work

Installing a driveway heating system represents a significant investment for homeowners. Although the benefits of a heated driveway are impressive, the thought of installing an automated snow melting system may seem somewhat overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Warmzone’s support services are the best in the industry, and we make the process of finding and installing the ideal radiant heat system easy for consumers.

Warmzone system designers are among the best. In addition to designing snow melting system for the specific demands and layout of each project, every snow melting system is also designed according to ASHRAE standards. The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) is an organization committed to advancing the arts and sciences of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigerating to serve humanity and promote a sustainable world. Designing systems according to ASHRAE standards is important to homeowners because it means that their system is designed to perform according to the weather conditions specific to that area. This entails careful research of the weather for the region.

ASHRAE standards were established to address variances for consumers such as their location’s general climate, average snowfall, storm duration, low temperatures, and other important factors. The system design is then “optimized” so that it will perform best in the conditions common in that area. Designing systems according to ASHRAE standards is important to homeowners because it helps to protect them by ensuring that their system is designed to perform according to the weather conditions where they live. So, check with your provider and make sure that your snow melting system is designed not only to accommodate your budget, but in accordance with ASHRAE standards.

Warmzone has provided radiant snow melting systems for commercial and residential projects throughout the country, so our designers are experts who have designed systems for just about every application imaginable. From heated driveways and parking areas to runaway truck ramps, public transit stations, and outdoor malls, etc., we’ve seen it all.

Having experienced pros like Warmzone design your system helps to eliminate any surprises during the installation. Warmzone’s AutoCAD® layout also includes the proper layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, and number of breakers, so your electrician will have all the necessary information before any of the installation takes place.

Custom Heated Driveway Options

There are many options for consumers looking when it comes to installing a heated driveway snow melting system. While the whole driveway can be heated, other popular options include heated tire tracks, or heating an 8-foot strip in the middle of the driveway. The heated tire tracks feature two 24-inch wide heated tracks. This not only reduces the cost of the initial investment, but provides a cheaper operating cost as well.

Electric snow melting systems are easy to customize. In addition to being designed to fit your driveway, walkways or steps, radiant heat can also be installed to heat troublesome areas such as inclines or parts of the driveway that are frequently shaded.

Warmzone also has a wide variety of floor heating systems to choose from. Unlike most providers that only offer one, or perhaps two different floor heating systems, Warmzone offers a vast selection of the industry’s most trusted radiant heat systems.

Warmzone heated floors range from the popular ComfortTile floor heating cable to the near paper-thin FilmHeat system. Other systems include FloorHeat’s thin, low-voltage polymer heating element, FoilHeat’s cable sandwiched between two sheets of specially reinforced aluminum foil, the Prodeso floor heating membrane, HeatShield floor heating insulation panels and more. We even carry the RetroHeat system that allows homeowners to install radiant heat under existing floors. The thin heating panels are stapled up between the floor joists and then batt insulation is installed to direct all of the heat upward to the floor. This is an effective and affordable solution for heating existing floors.

To learn more about the many radiant heat options that are available, contact Warmzone today at 888.488.9276.