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How RoofHeat STEP Roof Deicing Systems Work

RoofHeat STEP polymer roof heating element. Warmzone's low-voltage RoofHeat STEP roof deicing system is an excellent roof heating option for discreet roof heating. Unlike most other roof heating systems, the heating element of this system is not a heat cable. The system features a thin polymer heating element that can be nailed and stapled through, and cut on site.

RoofHeat STEP Roof Heating Systems

The thin, semi-conductive polymer heating element can be discreetly secured under the shingles or roofing surface. The flexible low-voltage heating element can be nailed or stapled through, further making installation quick and easy, and is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage.


Transformer for roof heating system. Each RoofHeat transformer steps down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less) while controlling a specific section of the roof deicing system. The individual control boxes are the source for monitoring the power and output to the heating element to ensure safe, accurate, and efficient performance.


An activation device/snow sensor detects precipitation and temperature to automatically trigger the control panel when conditions warrant. After receiving the signal, the controller then sends power to the heating element, activating the radiant snowmelt system and heating your roof.

A Closer Look at Radiant Roof Heating Systems

Electric, radiant roof heating and deicing systems contain three main components:

RoofHeat STEP low-voltage heating element. Heating Element - RoofHeat STEP radiant heat systems are used for melting ice and snow under shingle roofs. Our heating elements vary in width and are very effective for roof deicing. The flat heating element is installed underneath the shingles. Our radiant heat specialists can help determine which roof heating element is best for your application. Images of various roof heating elements can be viewed on the Roof Heating Installation page.


The roof heating system is self-regulating, which means that when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases, preventing the element from overheating and ensuring energy-efficient operation.

Power Unit - (pictured above) Each individual power unit controls a specific section of the deicing system. The transformer of this low-voltage system steps down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less), and monitors the power and output of the heating element under the roof to ensure safe, optimal performance. This system heats your roof evenly to melt snow and ice, protecting your roof from ice damage.

Roof deicing system aerial snow sensor. Activation Device - This RoofHeat STEP system can utilize one of three different activation devices. You can choose the 12-hour timer, a gutter-mounted snow switch, or a temperature sensor. Speak to one of our radiant heat experts to determine the best activation device for your system. (Much of this depends on whether system automation is important to your application.)



Email us or fax us a plan or sketch of your roof (801.948.7599), and we will be happy to provide you with some options that are specific to the needs of your unique project. Warmzone also includes complete radiant heat system design services as well as providing expert recommendations and an accurate price estimate.


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