Category Archives: HOTNEWS

A Company that Customers Trust

Investing in your home is one of the best ways to increase monetary value and pride of ownership. Every homeowner wants their home to have a beautiful exterior and amenities that make life easier and more comfortable. Warmzone offers many amenities for savvy homeowners, including heated flooring, roof de-icing systems, snow-melting systems for driveways, and more. Warmzone’s products can increase home value and make the job of “homeowner” a little easier.

Warmzone that respects and values its customers, and working with a company Warmzone can be invaluable. Customer service support services at Warmzone are unparalleled in the industry and assure that its customers get what they need for their home while keeping within their budget.

Customer support at Warmzone starts the second you browse the website. Information about the basics of radiant heat, from how it works to shipping information is readily available. A good place to start for any customer is Warmzone’s FAQ page. Found here, it contains answers to questions you may have when browsing the website. The FAQ page features questions about individual products, shipping, and a glossary to help you understand anything you may not know. You can also find articles and editorials here with practical information about radiant heat and its applications.

A heated paver driveway.
A long paver driveway with a Warmzone radiant snow melting system installed.

If you’re ready for more in-depth information check out the product literature page. Warmzone’s product catalog, data sheets, technical guides, system overviews, and other valuable documents are available here. This extensive library has any information needed for Warmzone products. Installation guides are also available here to not only make the entire process of buying a radiant heating system a breeze, but to give prospective buyers some insight in regards to the installation process. An online instructional video library is also available through Warmzone University. Here you will find a variety of informational videos. Videos feature everything from showing timelapse footage of snow-melting systems as well as installation how-to videos. Customers can revisit the video center as they see fit. This is another valuable service that provides customers with peace of mind.

In addition to providing a wealth of documentation, videos, and online information, Warmzone provides other support services that truly set it apart from the competition. One of the most valued services is Warmzone’s free installation training. Installers can take the training online, via web conference, where an experienced instructor will cover every aspect of your installation. The courses typically take about an hour, but you can stop and ask questions at any time. Photos, illustrations, and video clips are shown throughout the training.

When you purchase your system, Warmzone’s professional design team will create a detailed layout for your system. The system design will include all of the proper materials, design, and electrical information needed by your electrician. This is a valuable roadmap that simplifies the installation, and helps to ensure the system components are installed correctly.

Warmzone also maintains full-time installation support personnel. If you have a question during your installation, you can call Warmzone and speak with a friendly radiant heat expert who will help to resolve any issues at hand. We also maintain relationships with experienced installers around the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted installer in your area.

The most important asset that Warmzone offers its customers is its staff of trained, friendly customer service professionals. When you pick up the phone and call Warmzone a customer support specialist will help you with any questions and concerns. Our dedicated team will help you find the right products for your project. Radiant heat experts will work with you to meet your needs and your budget.

Whether you are a homeowner or a business professional, Warmzone is the radiant heat expert you can trust. Warmzone’s commitment to providing the best, comprehensive customer service in the industry means you can rely on us and trust our products. Our comprehensive customer support services assure purchasing, designing, and installing each radiant heat system is as easy and hassle-free as possible. Find more information and links to mentioned services in Warmzone’s pressroom and get started with your radiant heat project today. If you have questions, or you’re ready to speak to a customer support specialist, contact us today at 888-488-9276.

Tips for Installing Radiant Snow Melting Systems

Avoid Common Installation Mistakes

Installing a radiant snow melting system is not a difficult task, but there are a few important tips that installers should keep in mind. Perhaps the most important “tip” for installers is this: Take advantage of the free installation training provided by Warmzone.

We make the training easy. Installers can schedule their training online, via video conference. You’ll have a personal instructor who will cover every aspect of your installation, and you can stop and ask questions any time.

The other most important tip we can offer is to read the installation manual and follow the steps provided. A common mistake is that some installers are so eager to dive into the installation, that they don’t take the time to read the installation manual. Make sure you read the manual (and test the heat cable) prior to beginning the physical installation. Also, confirm that you have the right products for your installation. The voltage and wattage information of the heating cable is provided on the label of the box, so check this beforehand. If you need, you can call Warmzone’s technical support staff. We’re available to you throughout the installation process.

After confirming that you have the right cable, open the box and use a megohmmeter to perform OHM tests of the heat cable. It’s important to text the cable throughout the installation process. Test it before removing it from the box, as well as during and after the installation. This way you’ll discover any potential problems as early as possible. This will save you time and ensure a successful installation. Be sure to document the results (as outlined in the manual) to maintain the manufacturer’s warranty.

As you begin to layout the heat cable, keep these important guidelines in mind:

Always maintain proper cable spacing. Sometimes the cable may shift slightly after laying it out, so double-check the spacing before covering it.
Never cut, cross or overlap the heating cable. The heat cable should not be altered under any circumstance, as it may cause overheating and damage the cable.
Always embed the cable completely. Leave no air around the cable.
Make sure to embed the factory splice (where the heating cable and power lead meet). See the illustration provided.
Use a megohmmeter to perform OHM tests of the heat cable before removing the cable from the box, during the installation, and after the cable has been laid out.
Always run the cold lead in a conduit (The power lead for the heating cable is not intended for direct burial.)
A few important guidelines to remember when installing the heat cable for an automated radiant snow melting system.
Proper embedding of cable splice - large
Embedding the cable splice for a heated driveway.

When installing snow melting cable in asphalt, the cables should be covered by two inches of asphalt. To prevent heat damage, the asphalt should be allowed to cool to 220°F (105°C) before pouring directly onto the mats or cables. (The in-ground snow sensors/tubes should not be exposed to temperatures above 176°F (80°C).) Warmzone offers specially constructed heat cable for installation in hot asphalt applications. ClearZone heat cable for asphalt is rated up to 460 degrees for up to 10 minutes.

When installing a new heated asphalt driveway, the snow melting cable is laid out on the binder or base coat and then approximately 2-inches of asphalt is hand shoveled directly on top of the cable. The asphalt is then compacted, using a 1-ton roller or less.

When installing the snow sensor (either an aerial-mount or ground-mount), make sure it has a clear, 360-degree “view” of the sky to allow snow to fall onto the sensor plate. This ensures that the system will activate when needed.

Example of incorrect layout of snow melting heat cable
How NOT to lay out your heat cable.
Heated driveways being installed
Heating mats properly laid out for a concrete heated driveway.

Remember, these guidelines don’t supersede the information in the instruction manual. Always refer to the manual, and don’t hesitate to contact Warmzone’s friendly technical support staff. We want you to success, so we are happy to assist you at any time.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of snow melting, floor heating, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about our radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

My Summer Projects

Installing a Heated Driveway – Now This is Something I can get Excited About!

Every summer I make a list of all the things that I need (and want) to accomplish – in addition to my list of routine maintenance and other work-related chores. Of course, my sweet wife also cheerfully contributes, so I have a lengthy “honey-do” list as well. Sometimes I think that summer isn’t long enough for me to accomplish all that’s needed, especially when I throw in all the “fun” things that I want to do.

That’s right, I have a pretty hefty list of recreational activities on the docket. You know what they say about “all work and no play”. B-O-R-I-N-G. Ideally, I’d like to plan things out so that I get a day of fun for every day that I spend doing chores. Every afternoon that I spend replacing or repairing sprinklers should be compensated with an afternoon at the lake. Makes sense to me. I guess you could say that I’m committed to an equal opportunity summer.

The dry, warm weather of summer also lends itself to construction activities. If you’re a homeowner, I’m sure you’ve discovered the never-ending list of maintenance and small construction upgrade projects too. (It’s in the top drawer in the kitchen cubby, underneath the mortgage payment notices and insurance forms.)

Unfortunately, most home upgrade or maintenance projects are mundane tasks that I just don’t get too excited about. Sure, I’d rather be kayaking or vacationing in Italy, but nope, I’m a responsible homeowner. I also understand the importance of keeping the illusion alive that my wife married a responsible man.

Vernazza Italy
As far as summer activities go, I’m not sure how to top a trip to Italy’s Cinque Terre (Vernazza shown).

This year I may have a job that I’m a little more excited about. It’s a substantial home improvement project, but that only enhances the excitement for me. I’m happy to say that my wife and I have decided to install a heated driveway.

I’ve endured many years of shoveling our walks and driveway – at all sorts of hours. I’ve been out there clearing the snow at 5 o’clock in the morning as well as 9 o’clock at night. I’ve paid my shoveling dues. If there were such a thing, I know I’d qualify for the prestigious 1,000-hour gold shovel award. The problem is, sometimes after I shovel and salt, I still manage to miss that one tiny spot that my wife’s foot always finds. Let me tell ya, high heels and ice make for a disastrous combination.

Fortunately, the insurance covered most of the medical costs. Too bad it didn’t address any compensation for the emotional trauma and mental stress. Yes, I was traumatized and stressed from my wife’s verbal reprimands. I tried to not take it personal. Instead, I chalked it up to the colorful ramblings of someone in extreme pain. You can hardly even notice her limp nowadays.

Heated paver driveway
A radiant heated driveway after a snowstorm.

Over the years, my aging back has slowly been urging me to look into getting one of those fancy radiant heated driveways. I guess what pushed me over the edge was when my wife went down. Now, being the responsible husband that I am, I’m taking action. An automated heated driveway would not only keep the entire driveway clear of snow and ice 24/7, it also dries the surface after a storm, so there’s no chance the melted snow will refreeze. Regardless of the storm, or the time of day, our driveway will be clear and safe. I’m such a responsible husband.

Now, unlike most of my other summer chores, I’m not waiting until fall to start this project. Installing the heated driveway now is a smart move. I don’t have to worry about the frantic seasonal push to complete the work before winter hits. The heated driveway will be ready well before the first snow falls. Man, I’m such a responsible husband.

Fortunately, dealing with Warmzone makes the process of installing a heated driveway easy. Their customer support is absolutely top notch. I knew nothing about radiant heat, but they walked me through the various options and answered all of my questions. They have a team of experienced designers who are creating my custom system, and they even provide free installation training for the installers and electrician. Yep, this project is one that I’m actually excited about this year. My wife and I are going to enjoy this for years to come.

All of Warmzone’s great customer service makes it easier for me to take care of the other summer tasks on hand. But I may not tell my wife how easy Warmzone is making this process. After all, I’m pretty sure our fence will last another year. Heck, most of the chores on the list can wait another year. But I do need to mow the lawn. Yeah, I’m sure a responsible husband.

Lawn mower
Just one of the many summer chores . . .

Read Part II of this series: Upgrading My Driveway.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about Warmzone radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

From Heated Floors to Towel Warmers, We’ve Got it All

Check out Warmzone’s Luxury Home Heat Amenities

There’s no denying the benefits of radiant heat. Clean, silently operating, maintenance-free floor heating systems seem to be the future of home heating. While the technical benefits of these energy-efficient systems are beyond dispute, the advantage that homeowners are most enamored with is the unique, luxurious warmth. Those who have experienced a radiant heated floor can attest to its remarkable comfort. Unlike traditional forced-air heating systems, radiant heat systems distribute heat evenly from the floor up, basking the room in warmth.

Because of its many benefits, radiant floor heating technology is playing a prominent role in today’s new home construction. Warmzone offers one of the largest selections of floor heating solutions on the market, with each system providing specific benefits for virtually every type of floor heating application. From thin radiant heat cable and heat cable in mats, to thin heating panels and more, Warmzone offers radiant heat systems designed for all types of flooring. There is even a system with heating elements that can be installed between floor joists to heat existing floors.

Certainly, radiant heat can add to the overall comfort of a home. But did you know that there are additional options that you can take advantage of to add more warmth and convenience to your home?

Warmzone offers homeowners an array of luxury amenities. These amenities include elegant bathroom heaters, towel warmers, designer kick board and radiant panel heaters, fog-free bathroom and vanity mirrors, and even countertop heaters to take the chill out of your home’s most popular gathering place, the kitchen. Adding some of these premium-quality amenities can enhance the quality of life for your family, but it may also spoil you a little.

If you’re looking to add elegance and comfort to your kitchen, office, vanity, bathroom, or more, check out Warmzone’s “comfort-zone” products below.

Baseboard, Pedestal, and Wall-mount Panel Heaters

Sometimes it’s nice to have a little extra warmth in your favorite rooms. That’s why Warmzone offers a variety of convenient electric wall-mount and freestanding panel heaters. Warmzone’s Runtal® Electric Wall-Mounted heaters give homeowners an attractive option for eliminating cold spots in your favorite rooms. These efficient heaters blend high output performance and low surface temperature in a durable flat-tube design, and are available in lengths from 3 to 10 feet (in increments of one foot).

Electric wall-mount panel heaters
Electric panel heaters.

Warmzone’s electric wall-mount panel heaters are ideal for adding heat in areas where floor space is at a premium. With high output and sleek profile, these durable flat-tube design heaters can either accentuate the room’s style or discreetly blend into the existing interior design.

Bathroom Heaters and Towel Warmers

If you’re looking to add a little warmth to your bathroom, or grab a nice warm towel after your shower, then check out Warmzone’s stylish bathroom heaters and towel warmers. The bathroom towel warmers not only keep towels warm and dry, but they can provide additional warmth for the bathroom. Warmzone carries a variety of attractive flat panel and round tube bathroom heaters that not only add comfort, but style to your bathroom.

Bathroom radiator with towel warmer
A bathroom towel warmer.

Fog-free Mirrors for Showers, Bathrooms and Vanities

Warmzone offers a series of stunning fog-free mirrors that can be used in showers, as well as bathrooms and vanities. The mirrors feature a thin heating pad built in behind the mirror that gently warms the surface to prevent condensation from accumulating. The beautifully designed mirrors are available with optional LED lights, and are easily mounted flush in your shower or vanity, creating gorgeous, upscale looks. A variety of sizes are available, with or without LED lights, and different LED light configurations.

Mist-free vanity mirror with LED lights.
A fog-free bathroom mirror with built-in LEDs.

FeelsWarm® Countertop Heaters

Warmzone’s FeelsWarm® countertop heaters are designed to add comfort to your home’s most popular work and gathering spots. These easy-to-install “stick-on” heaters feature thin, customizable panels that conveniently adhere to the underside of granite, quartz, or stone counters. The panels safely heat the countertop about 20-25 degrees above room temperature to take the chill out of the stone and provide comfortable warmth. The low-voltage countertop heaters are affordable and have a very low operating cost, and can be applied under just about any type of existing counter as well as in new construction applications.

Stick-on countertop heater
The underside of a heated countertop, showing the heating panel.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing systems, as well as luxury home heating amenities. For more information about our radiant heat systems or luxury amenities, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

Affordable Roof De-icing and Pipe Tracing

The first day of spring has come and gone, yet most homeowners have still been left in the cold. Since winter seems intent on overstaying its welcome this year, thinking about preparing your home for the upcoming winter doesn’t seem so far-fetched.

Radiant heat is an ideal solution to protect often overlooked areas of the home or business. Freezing temperatures and heavy snow and ice can cause safety concerns as well as damage to roof and gutters. Ice and heavy snow buildup can create ice dams along roof edges. Runoff from snow trickles down the roof and refreezes along the eaves, creating ice dams. These dams prevent roof drainage and cause dangerous seepage that can threaten the integrity of the roof. Over time, water seepage into the home may cause mold and mildew, creating a serious health hazard.

Ice is also hazardous to pipes on the outside or interior of the home. Frozen pipes can burst and cause expensive water damage that can take months to repair. Heat trace cable is a simple, effective way to prevent the hassle of dealing with cold-weather damage to your home or business. Warmzone heat trace products are the optimal choice for protecting pipes or roofs from the hazards of harsh winter weather.

Self-regulating heat cable
Self-regulating heat trace cable for roof de-icing and pipe trace applications.

Warmzone’s roof de-icing systems feature efficient self-regulating heat trace cable. This heat cable consists of an irradiated conductive core housed in a rugged outer jacket that protects it from the elements. The specially designed core increases heat output as the temperature falls and decreases as the temperature rises. Each Warmzone system features an activation device so that the system can be activated manually or be fully automated. The advanced features and reliability of these systems make them extremely popular among customers.

Self-regulating cable is used in gutters, downspouts, valleys, or installed in a serpentine layout along roof eaves. Using self-regulating heat cable is an affordable option for protecting roofs by creating channels for the water runoff so that ice dams don’t develop. Installing self-regulating heat cable in gutters also helps to ensure that heavy snow and ice doesn’t accumulate and prevent runoff or cause damage to the gutters. Uniquely shaped roofs, trouble spots, or north-facing roof edges are also areas where cable installation can be particularly beneficial. Warmzone carries several variants of heat cable so that customers are assured of finding the ideal solution for their specific roof de-icing needs.  

Heat trace cable from Warmzone is not only efficient but versatile. Running heat trace cables along the length of pipes to prevent freezing is another application that can alleviate worries, especially in a commercial setting. For pipe tracing, pre-terminated self-regulating cable and constant wattage heat cable are excellent choices. Warmzone’s self-regulating heat trace cable can also be used with other top-of-the-line roof de-icing systems. Combining systems allows you to create a completely custom de-icing solution that meets your specific needs. One popular, and often recommended option is to combine self-regulating heat trace cable with the low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system.

Low-voltage roof heating system being installed.
Low-voltage STEP heating elements installed on a roof.

The innovative low-voltage STEP system features a thin, semi-conductive, flexible polymer heating element. The unique construction of the thin panel allows it to be nailed or stapled through, and can be discreetly installed under roof shingles. The versatile low-voltage heating element is available in rolls of 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch wide panels for installation in gutters, valleys and roof edges. The system utilizes transformers to control specific areas of the de-icing system, stepping down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). RoofHeat STEP systems also use an activation device that senses precipitation and temperature, making it fully automated and virtually maintenance-free.

Heat trace products from Warmzone will stand the test of time and keep your home comfortable, and protected from winter weather. If you’re not sure what products best suit your de-icing needs, call and talk with a friendly customer service professional. Our experts are happy to talk with you to help determine the best options for your home.

Warmzone custom designs each system to best meet the specific needs of each customer. These detailed system layouts also include all the electrical information for your electrician. Warmzone also includes free installation training and technical support. The free training can be completed with your instructor online via video conference (usually in less than an hour). If needed, installers can also call and speak with an expert at any phase of the installation. No matter what questions you have, a trained customer service professional is available to assist you.

Top-notch customer service sets Warmzone apart and ensures every customer receives the support needed to have their installation go off without a hitch. If you need help locating a qualified installer, Warmzone may also be able to help. Warmzone maintains relationships with experienced installers and electricians throughout the country, so we may be able to recommend a trusted installer in your area. Whatever your de-icing needs are, a friendly Warmzone professional can help you get started today. Reach out to Warmzone at 888-488-9276 and see what radiant heat can do for you this spring.

Enjoy the Snow from the Comfort of Your Radiant Heated Home

No Need to get Cold Feet over a Chilly Winter

For the drought-stricken West, the record-setting winter of 2022-23 is just what the doctor ordered. California reservoirs are finally filling up to respectable levels, and “extreme” drought conditions in most areas have almost been completely eliminated. An abundance of snow and rainfall has saturated much of the dried-out country, but Old Man Winter still isn’t done yet.

While the cold, wet winter weather may not be fun to drive in, a snow-covered landscape sure can be a pretty sight. For those times when you don’t have to be outside, what better way to enjoy the white winter scene than from the warmth of a home with radiant heated floors? With the exception of the beautiful view, the enveloping warmth provided by a heated floor may almost make you forget that it is still winter.

Radiant heated floors offer luxurious heat that starts at the soles of your feet and gently bathes the entire room in comfortable warmth. The comfort provided by heated floors far surpasses that of traditional forced-air systems. In addition to offering uniquely rich warmth, radiant heat is also the most energy-efficient technology for heating homes today.

Woman standing in bathroom

When it comes to heating your home with radiant heat, homeowners have many options to choose from. While many install radiant heat as their primary heating source, another popular option is to install radiant heat in select rooms as a supplement to the existing heating system. Homeowners often heat kitchens, children’s playrooms, and bathrooms with radiant heat. Floor heating systems are easily customized, giving home (and business) owners precise control over what areas to heat.

Warmzone offers one of the largest varieties of radiant floor heating systems on the market. Each system is specially designed to accommodate specific floor types and user needs. Whether you have hardwood, tile, luxury vinyl, laminate, or any other floor type, Warmzone can match you with the ideal system to meet heating needs as well as your budget.

For heating tile, marble, and other stone floors, the most popular system is ComfortTile. This floor heating system consists of thin heat resistance cable that is available on spools or in mats. The mats feature pre-spaced cable that is affixed to a flexible mesh with an adhesive backing. The mats can be rolled out and secured to the subfloor quickly and easily.

ComfortTile heat cable can also be combined with the Prodeso underlayment membrane. The waterproof membrane is placed over the subfloor, and the heat cable is installed in the channels provided by the series of reliefs in the waterproof membrane. Thinset is applied and the tile (or other flooring) is then installed over the membrane and cable. The Prodeso membrane can be used with most types of flooring, in all types of indoor and outdoor applications. installation of ComfortTile with the Prodeso membrane is fast, easy, and accurate.

The most popular system for heating floating floors is Warmzone’s FilmHeat system. This unique system features an ultra-thin heating element. The heating panel is just 0.016-inch thick, which is thinner than a credit card, and has proven to be one of the best values for heating laminate and floating floors. No alarms, no special tools, and no self-leveling compounds are needed, and installation results in no floor buildup.

FilmHeat for heating hardwood floating floors.
The FilmHeat floor heating element, available in a variety of widths.

Another type of floor heating system featuring this same type of thin heating panel is the RetroHeat system. This system allows homeowners to heat existing floors, without the need of major remodeling. If you have access to the floors from a basement or crawlspace, the RetroHeat system can be installed. The heating panels are stapled up between the floor joists and then batt insulation (also known as blanket insulation) is installed over the element to direct all of the heat upwards to warm the floor.

Warmzone also carries the low-voltage FloorHeat STEP system for heating hardwood floors. The low-voltage system utilizes thin, flexible polymer heating panels. Because these panels are so thin, there is virtually no floor buildup.

In-Slab heat cable is also available. This durable cable is designed for installation in concrete slabs. This is an ideal system for heating basement floors, or other floors over concrete. The system is extremely efficient, affordable, and highly effective.

Warmzone offers other floor heating options, including hydronic systems. These systems use specially treated water that is heated and pumped through a closed loop of PEX tubing in the floor. While the installation cost of hydronic heated floors can be considerably higher than that of an electric system, because the water heater can use natural gas, the operational cost may be lower – depending on your local utility rates.

Warmzone is one of the largest providers of floor heating systems, as well as heated driveway and roof de-icing systems. For more information about radiant heat, and the many custom options that are available, contact a friendly Warmzone representative today, at 888-488-9276.

Is it Time to Inspect Your Roof?

The new year is an ideal time to assess your home’s needs and what the best investment going forward would be. Resolving to keep your home updated and protected in 2023 will help to ensure a safe future for your home and your family. But where do you start?

One of the most neglected, or overlooked areas for homeowners is the roof. What kind of shape is your roof in, and what can you do to ensure a long, healthy life span for your roof?

Ideally, homeowners should inspect their roofs twice a year (spring and fall). Now that winter has hit, take a look at your roof during and after snowstorms. Are there areas of snow buildup or large icicles? Perhaps it’s time to look at the benefits of a roof de-icing system. Investing in your home by safeguarding vital areas like the roof is an excellent first step. A roof de-icing system protects a vital part of your home, the roof, which in turn, protects your home. Winter months bring beautiful snow, but snow and ice cause harsh wear and tear on your home. Damaged roofs, gutters, and downspouts can lead to repairs that can break the bank and decrease the lifespan of your roof.

Self-regulating roof heating cable
Self-regulating heat cable installed along the roof eave.

Warmzone can help you protect your home from that wear and tear with its industry-leading roof de-icing systems. Roof de-icing systems are proven to provide reliable, efficient heat that keeps problem areas free of snow and ice. Warmzone’s systems help protect residential and business roofs around the country from the damaging effects of harsh winters. 

The most popular de-icing option is Warmzone’s self-regulating heat cable. This versatile cable is affordable, extremely effective, and can provide channels for runoff to help keep any area of your roof clear. Self-regulating heat cable features a rugged and durable outer construction that houses an irradiated conductive core. This core will increase heat output as outside temperatures fall and decrease output as temperatures rise. This construction is what makes it a top seller among Warmzone customers. It can withstand harsh conditions and can be installed to activate only when necessary. Automated self-regulating heat trace systems are activated by advanced sensors that detect precipitation and temperature, making them extremely energy efficient. They can also be activated manually if necessary.

Warmzone also has several variants of heat cable, so de-icing any area of the roof is easy. Self-regulating heat cable is a prudent choice for almost any application. The cable’s versatility makes it an ideal choice for problem areas of the roof. Areas that can cause big problems for homeowners include downspouts, gutters, valleys, or north-facing roof edges. Heavy snow build-up and icicles in these areas can decrease the integrity of your roof and cause safety issues. Installing self-regulating heat cable in these areas will create channels for runoff to prevent the formation of heavy snow build-up and ice dams that can damage the roof. Cable along eaves, gutters, or edges can also prevent heavy icicles from forming.

One of the most hazardous problems self-regulating heat cable can prevent is ice dams. In the winter, ridges of ice develop along roof eaves when runoff trickles down the roof and refreezes when it hits the colder eaves. This can leave pools of water behind the ice dam. The pooled water can seep into tiny cracks in the substrate or shingles, refreeze, and expand. This causes degradation in the roof, which can eventually lead to water seepage in the home. Water seepage creates mold and mildew in the home, leading to costly repairs and frustration. Preventing ice dams is simple. Installing self-regulating heat cable in a zig-zag pattern along roof edges creates channels that allow runoff to reach the gutter. Prevention is key for maintaining any part of your home, especially your roof.

Warmzone can also help you prevent ice dams with one of the most efficient de-icing systems on the market, low voltage RoofHeat STEP®. This system features thin, flexible, polypropylene-fused polymer heating panels. Each section of this de-icing system is controlled by an individual power unit that steps down from high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less). This ensures safe, accurate, and efficient performance for every system. This semi-conductive heating element is installed discreetly under the roofing, and can be nailed, stapled, or cut on-site, making installation a breeze. Polypropylene fused panels mean each panel is waterproof and protected from alkaline and salt damage. The versatile RoofHeat STEP system can be safely installed underneath roof shingles and even metal roofs. Low-voltage RoofHeat STEP installation is typically along roof eaves or valleys. RoofHeat STEP is available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch wide rolls, making it easy to install in any area.

Low-voltage roof de-icing panels shown with cutaway views.
The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP system with heating panels shown.

Warmzone understands the importance of protecting the roof of your home or business. Assuring each customer gets the roof de-icing system they need is a top priority. Each Warmzone system is custom designed by an industry professional with your specifications, needs, and budget in mind. They will recommend the best solution to fit your needs, and help you every step of the way. Professionals can also combine Warmzone systems to create the perfect solution for your home. A popular choice for many customers is to install RoofHeat STEP systems along eaves and run self-regulating heat cable along gutters or other problem areas. If you need other options for your project, Warmzone also offers the RetroRoof de-icing system and RoofHeat panels. RoofHeat panels feature self-regulated heat cable channeled through attractive aluminum panels. These panels are available in different colors to complement any home’s design. The RetroRoof de-icing system features thin panels that install underneath existing shingles. They use an adhesive for easy positioning under the shingles, making them perfect for existing roofs. 

No matter what your home or business de-icing needs may be, Warmzone’s unmatched customer service and support is there for you. Professional system design includes a detailed layout (AutoCAD) for your installer that lists all electrical information needed for installation. Warmzone also has customer service representatives available at any time to answer all your questions. You also receive technical support, free installation training, and access to all of Warmzone’s online resources. Because we maintain relationships with experienced installers throughout the country, Warmzone may also be able to connect you with an electrician or qualified installer in your area. Warmzone is the perfect choice to start investing in your home this year. If you’re ready to install a roof de-icing system or have questions, contact a friendly, qualified roof heating professional today at 888-488-9276.

Dealing with Record Snowfalls

Surviving the Heavy Hand of Winter’s Atmospheric Rivers

Old man winter has awakened with a vengeance this year. The early weeks of the 2022-2023 winter have socked the West with more precipitation than many of the previous winters combined. Of course, we can’t overlook the recent bombardment of snow that Buffalo, New York received as well. Meteorologists attribute the massive volumes of snow and rain in the western U.S. to atmospheric rivers. Essentially, these airborne rivers are flowing columns of condensed water vapor (tropical moisture) that produce high volumes of rain and snow. Needless to say, atmospheric rivers such as those experienced during the early winter of 2022-23 can be a Godsend to drought stricken areas.

For those living in the higher elevations receiving snow, these “rivers” can dump copious amounts of snow. This year, it seems that as soon as the driveway is shoveled from one storm, another delivers a second round of snow, and then a third, and so on. During winters like these, business owners struggle to keep their parking lots clear and storefronts accessible. Instead of relying on employees or hired snow plows to keep the areas clear of snow and ice, many are turning to automated snow melting systems.

Heated concrete driveway for mountain lodge

Warmzone radiant snow melting systems feature the industry’s top components, and are designed by professionals to provide the best results possible. The systems are fully automated, so there is no need to manually activate the system at odd hours of the night.

One of the components of an automated snow melting system is the snow sensor (activation device). The sensor detects temperature and precipitation, and is installed in an area where it is exposed to the elements. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the adjustable set point (typically 38 or 39 degrees Fahrenheit, the sensor sends a signal to the controller. The control unit (typically mounted on a wall in the garage) then sends power to the embedded heat cable, warming the area and preventing snow from accumulating. The system also features an “afterrun” function. This allows the system to remain on for a short time after the storm to dry the surface, eliminating the moisture so that thin sheets of ice do not form. After all, walking to and from the car shouldn’t be like skating on banana peels.

Sometimes “convenience” and safety are the most appealing aspects of a business. When the snow is falling and slush is piling, nothing offers a more enticing invitation to customers than a clear parking lot and snow-free walkways. Let’s face it; if Grandma – or anyone else for that matter – doesn’t feel safe about negotiating a snow-packed parking area or icy sidewalk, she’s likely to forego that shopping experience in favor of a more inviting establishment.

Benefits

Automated snow melting systems keep areas clear of snow and ice around the clock. There is no need for any manual snow removal. Radiant snow melting systems are also very versatile, and can be installed to heat ramps, steps, and a variety of custom shaped areas. Its applications are virtually limitless.

Having a radiant snow melting system installed assures business owners that accessibility is assured for customers throughout the height of winter – atmospheric storms and all. There’s no need to worry about employees forgetting to shovel or apply rock salt to the sidewalks, ramps, or stairs. Automated snow melting systems will keep areas clear throughout the day and night.

In addition to being fully automated, electric snow melting systems can also be manually activated. Sometimes the wind may create snowdrifts, or melted snow may drain from nearby inclines and pool in trafficked areas. The system can be manually triggered to clear the snowdrift or dry the runoff.

Grass damaged by snow melting salt
Grass bordering a driveway where salt was used to melt snow and ice during the winter.

Radiant heat systems are very energy efficient and operate only when needed. Nearly 100 percent of the energy used translates directly into the heat that melts the snow. And because the systems eliminate the need for salt or other harsh snow melting chemicals, the surrounding landscape is better off. Runoff containing salt or other snow melting chemicals can kill nearby grass and vegetation. Snow melting systems operating on renewable energy can help to eliminate threats to the surrounding landscape.

Warmzone offers custom snow melting solutions for customers, and unmatched customer support services. In addition to custom designing each system, complete with a detailed layout consisting of the best components available, Warmzone also includes free installation training and support. Installers can receive free installation training online with an instructor who covers every aspect of the installation.

If installers have a question, or encounter an unforeseen issue during the installation, they can call and talk with an installation expert. Our friendly professionals are happy to assist installers in any way they can. For more details about Warmzone’s custom snow melting system options or free training, please give us a call today, at 888-488-9276.

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 Inflationary 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.