The Features of Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is a technology that is often discussed throughout the construction industry, and can be a great way to increase the bottom line for your business. Radiant heat can be installed in virtually any room in any home, and provides warm, comfortable heat. If you’re wondering if radiant heat is a good fit for your business, here are some pros and cons about radiant heat.

Radiant heat can be used to heat both indoor and outdoor surfaces. This heating technology is so effective because it works by heating objects, such as flooring or cement driveways, rather than air like traditional forced-air systems. The two technologies used for radiant heat are hydronic and electric. Hydronic radiant heat warms floors using a closed-loop network of pipes that run specially formulated heated water through them. This type of radiant heat is more expensive to install than electric systems, but has the potential of lower operating costs because these systems can operate on natural gas. The lower operating costs can make hydronic systems the popular option for heating larger areas, such as industrial facilities or entire homes. Electric radiant heat is different, in that it works by installing specialized heating elements (such as wire or thin mats) underneath the flooring.

Why Radiant Heat?

Silent, Maintenance Free Operation

Radiant heat requires no noisy furnace or blower, so the systems operate quietly in the background. Also, because electric floor heating (and snow melting) systems have no moving parts, they require no routine maintenance.

Health Benefits

Since radiant heat does not require a furnace and blower, there are no vents and no blowing air, circulating dust and allergens. Forced air systems tend to circulate particulate matter throughout the house, often causing problems for the elderly or those with allergies. Radiant heat eliminates the problem, making it a great choice for any family that suffers from allergies or other health issues.

FoilHeat radiant floor heating system

Comfortable, Uniform Heat

While HVAC systems push warm air through one or two vents in a room, a radiant heating system will heat an entire floor, plus the objects touching the floor. This creates even, comfortable heat that won’t leave cold or hot spots throughout the home. Any room where radiant heating is installed will always feel comfortable and welcoming.

Energy Efficient

Radiant heat is very energy efficient – in fact, it is the most efficient heating technology known today. Electric radiant heat utilizes minimal power. Electric radiant heat is also efficient because it can be precisely controlled. Each room or zone has its own thermostat, giving homeowners precise control over the areas of the house they wish to heat. This means that instead of trying to heat an entire house when tuned on like an HVAC system, radiant heat can be controlled one room at a time, saving energy and money. Additionally, since radiant heat works from the floor up, heat does not escape from vents and rise quickly to the ceiling, as so with traditional forced-air systems.

Easy Installation

A big benefit for the construction industry, as well as customers, is the ease of installation. A radiant heat system is relatively easy to install in new homes. Simply lay out the heating element, connect power and install the flooring. Any customer will love the ease of adding a convenient upgrade to their new home.

Flexibility

Radiant heat systems can be easily customized to meet your specific demands. With ProLine, there are options available for any home or project – and each project can be tailored to meet your needs and budget. ProLine offers multiple systems that can be used separately or combined to create a system that is the best fit for any home or business.

Installation under existing flooring

Not all floors need to be torn out to add a radiant heating system. ProLine’s RetroHeat floor heating systems allow homeowners to enjoy radiant heat without having to tear up their existing floors. Designed specifically for heating existing floors, the RetroHeat system consists of heating panels that are installed by stapling them between the floor joists. If you have access to the floor joists (through a basement or crawl space), radiant heat can be easily added to warm your existing floors.

Certainly there are a number of advantages that radiant heat has over traditional heating systems. However, it is important to understand all of the features of radiant before choosing the heating system of your choice. While radiant heat has a lot of positive aspects, here are some other aspects to consider when dealing with radiant heat.

Floor Height

While most ProLine floor heating systems result in very little or no floor buildup, some radiant floor heating systems can raise floor height almost ½ to ¾ of an inch. This can be an issue, especially if radiant heat is installed in just one room. Keep this is mind as you are searching for radiant floor heating systems. ProLine carries a wide variety of floor heating systems, so call a ProLine representative to learn more about the many floor heating options.

Price

The initial price of a radiant heat system for a home can seem expensive. However, this price is offset by the savings received across the lifetime of the product. Radiant heat is energy efficient and can save money on monthly utilities. If price is still a concern for customers, radiant heat can also be installed only in specific areas that need heat. ProLine has experienced customer service professionals and system designers who can help find the best products to fit any price range, as well as the needs of the home or business.

Radiant heat systems can be a good fit for most contractors to offer their customers. Making radiant heat a part of your business is a great way to increase your customer base and offer state of the art, energy efficient heating. If you still have questions about radiant heat for your business, call a ProLine professional today at 866-676-9276.

Introducing the Industry’s Premier Single-feed Contactor Panels

ProLine’s EcoTrace Single-feed Panels Feature the Design Breakthrough Electricians have been Waiting for

ProLine Radiant, a leading wholesale provider of radiant snow melting systems is now making its new EcoTrace 100 and 200-amp single-feed snow melting system contactor panels available to its customers. Hailed by electricians and installers alike, the new EcoTrace panels represent a technological breakthrough by addressing the longstanding power-feed concerns of electricians. The new panels feature a single power feed capability, which can dramatically reduce the installation labor demands for electricians and result in cost savings for customers.

The industry’s current contactor panels 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 – especially for larger systems – which ultimately impacts the overall cost. But the new EcoTrace panels are designed for just one circuit to be routed to the panel from the breaker box. Therefore, the cost-saving benefits of the SF100 and SF200 single-feed panels are realized by significantly reducing the labor demands during the installation of the system.

The single-feed contactor panel with callouts.

The EcoTrace SF100 and SF200 single-feed contactor panels are self-contained with contactors, GFEP protection, and in-line fuses. Because there is no need to run multiple circuits to the contactor panel, the electrician can simply run a single circuit, and thereby save hours (and possibly days) in installation labor for larger systems. The single-feed contactors can also eliminate the need for a sub-panel. 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 senior radiant heat system designer. “The SF100 and SF200 panels were designed to save electricians a lot of time and effort, which can translate into a significant cost savings for homeowners. We’re excited to offer them to our customers.”

Installing a heated driveway.

To learn more about the EcoTrace single-feed panels, contact a ProLine representative today at 866.676.9276. Or call to consult freely with our radiant heat professionals and discover what options are best for your radiant heat project.

About PROLINE

As a leading wholesale provider of radiant heat solutions, ProLine Radiant offers a large selection of the industry’s most trusted products – at discount prices. Unlike other wholesale providers, ProLine includes free installation training, professional system design and layout, and technical installation support with its systems.

ProLine routinely provides radiant heat solutions to customers throughout the United States and Canada. For more information contact ProLine at 866.676.9276.

The Unseen Benefits of Radiant Driveway Heating Systems

When homeowners think of installing a heated driveway, they are likely thinking about the convenience of not having to shovel and salt their walks. The other obvious benefit is the safety that radiant heat systems provide. This feature is of paramount importance to business owners who want not only to provide a convenient and inviting environment for customers, but also a safe environment.

Radiant snow melting systems fit the bill when it comes to meeting these requirements. Snow melting systems automatically activate when needed, so if a snowstorm hits during the night businesses can open in the morning – on time – knowing that the sidewalks, entryway, or parking areas are clear of snow and ice, leaving safe and inviting conditions for customers. This is crucial for businesses in order to avoid losing revenue during times of inclement weather. (Not to mention the time and hassle of litigation as a result of slip and fall accidents.) By installing a radiant snow melting system business owners don’t have to hire a plowing service or ask employees to come in early to shovel and salt the sidewalks.

Winter time can present a host of challenges for business owners, so keeping the facility safe and functional is crucial. The morning after a big snowstorm, there’s nothing like arriving at work and seeing the sidewalks, ramps, and/or parking areas completely clear of snow and ice.

Concrete heated driveway with cutout showing heating cables.

ProLine snowmelt solutions are among the very best in class. The automated snow melting systems utilize an advanced sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. (These sensors can be mounted above the roofline or in the pavement of the driveway.) When the temperature is below the sensor’s adjustable set point (usually set at 39°F) and moisture is present, the sensor signals the controller. Power is then sent to the embedded heat cables, warming the driveway to prevent any snow accumulation.

For added safety, the systems also include an “after run” function. This allows the system to remain on for a short period after each storm to dry the surface, preventing any melted snow from remaining on the driveway and turning into a thin sheet of dangerous “black” ice.

An Additional Benefit

One of the lesser known benefits of a radiant snow melting system is that it can extend the life of your driveway. In addition to eliminating the need for salt and other corrosive materials as well as plowing and shoveling, radiant heat can be particularly beneficial for concrete driveways. Concrete driveway surfaces tend to last longer when they’re not exposed to sub-zero temperatures. In cold weather climates with ample snowfall, it’s not uncommon for concrete driveways to fall victim to spalling. Concrete is naturally porous, so water from melted snow can seep into every tiny crevice, and refreeze. The damage usually occurs when the ice expands. Over time, as this process (known as spalling) repeats, it can eventually deteriorate the finished driveway surface and lead to cracking in the cement.

Seal coating your driveway can also help to extend your pavement’s life span, but nothing can compete with the benefits offered by a radiant snow melting system. You’ll not only enjoy the convenience and enhanced safety provided by the system, but you’ll likely boost your equity as well as add a few years to the life of your driveway. Heated driveways can be a smart investment.

For more information about radiant snow melting systems, heated floors, or roof de-icing solutions, contact a friendly professional at ProLine Radiant today (866.676.9276).

The Ultimate Snow Melting Solution

Installing a snow melting system can be one of the best investments a home or business owner can make, and offering them to your customers is a great investment in your business. ProLine offers versatile snow melting systems that can be installed in almost any medium and application, and consumers all around the country have used ProLine for their snow melting needs. Here are just a few of the places where ProLine snow melting systems have been installed to keep homes and businesses clear of snow and ice during the winter seasons:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Public transit stations
  • Outdoor steps
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Churches
  • Outdoor shopping malls
  • Winter resorts
  • Loading docks and ramps
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Airport aprons
  • Runaway truck ramps

Heated paver driveway

Whether customers are looking to install snow melting systems for residential applications, commercial businesses, or even industrial applications, ProLine has an option to ensure that the specific needs of each customer are met. ProLine systems offer an array of heating elements for interior and exterior applications, creating almost endless customization options that can fit any area, no matter the shape or size. ProLine’s snow melting system heating elements can be set in any medium: concrete, brick or stone pavers, and even freshly poured asphalt.

The most popular residential layout is to heat an entire area (such as a driveway), but options such as heating a strip in the center of the driveway, 24-inch wide tire tracks , or only high-traffic areas are also great ways to utilize the flexibility of ProLine’s radiant snow melting systems. ProLine systems are also well suited for industrial or commercial buildings to prevent dangerous ice from forming on ramps, steps and loading docks. ProLine also offers the best customer service in the industry that includes custom designing of each snow melting system, as well as providing free installation training and technical support to facilitate quick and efficient installation of every system.

The benefits of a custom designed snow melting system can’t be beat, with the first obvious benefit being that of time saved. With a ProLine snow melting system, customers will no longer have to worry about back-breaking shoveling or slick ice patches after each storm. Snow melting systems can also prolong the life of mediums like concrete, as plowing, salt and other chemicals typically used for snow melting can cause degradation.

Perhaps the most important benefit – especially for business owners – is safety. A ProLine snow melting system is an investment in safety that can pay for itself year after year. When winter hits any business, snow, ice, and icicles become major safety concerns. Not only is shoveling and clearing ice hard work, it is also dangerous for workers and pedestrians. Accidents can lead to costly litigation due to injuries onsite. Snow and ice clearing also takes away from the productive time of workers, and slows business during the important winter months and holiday season. With an automated snow melting system, business can continue as normal with no wasted manpower, helping to ensure a busy and productive winter season. This is especially true for businesses with outdoor loading docks, truck ramps, accessibility ramps, or other areas that are typically hazardous during winters.

When looking at snow melting systems, customers often ask two questions. The first is usually “How do they work?” In general, a snow melting system works by using an activation device (sensor) that detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the “set point” (usually 39°F), the sensor triggers the controller and power is sent to the embedded heating element, warming the driveway or ramp. (ProLine snow melting systems are fully automated, but also include manual override capability to melt snow drifts that may have formed after a storm.) This also means that the system will only run when necessary, and shut off as soon as the snow or ice is cleared and the driveway is dry. Automated snow melting systems from ProLine feature rapid response times to ensure that no snow accumulates on the heated area. This makes ProLine’s system extremely energy efficient, with 99 percent of energy used going directly to clearing snow.

Energy efficiency relates directly to the second question: “How much does a snow melting system cost?” With an energy efficient system operating only when it is needed, the costs remain low. On average, a 300-square-foot area can be hated for around $1.52 for each hour of continuous use. (Cost may vary depending on local utility rates.) Running a snow melting system is often less than hiring someone to remove snow. When it comes to initial cost, ProLine’s custom options accommodate for snow melting needs and each customer’s budget. ProLine’s experienced system designers will take each customer’s needs into consideration. Customers will be matched with the best products, system design/layout, and support services, assuring that each snow melting system is up and running at peak levels in no time. With top notch customer service, including installation support and free training, ProLine is with you every step of the way. Offering snow melting systems from ProLine will ensure that your business is thriving this winter season.

Extend the Life Span of Your Driveway

Installing a radiant snow melting system can also extend the life of your driveway by preventing concrete spalling. Spalling occurs as a result of melted snow refreezing on the porous concrete over time. Eventually, this can even lead to cracking of the cement. Automated driveway heating systems dry the surface, so no water remains. This added safety feature is what helps to prolong your driveway’s life span. By drying the surface the chance of spalling is greatly reduced.

If you’re ready to learn more about snow melting products from ProLine for your business, call us today at 866-676-9276.

Offer Your Customers Affordable, Premier Roof De-icing Solutions

Winter months are approaching quickly, and that means snow will be on walkways, driveways, and rooftops. Rooftops can be one of the dangerous places for snow and ice buildup during the winter. Filling icicles and sheets of ice can pose a danger to pedestrians below, not to mention the damage that ice dams can cause to structures. Runoff that pools behind ice dams and refreezes can eventually damage roofs, and lead to interior problems as well, such as water damage and mold and mildew. Roof de-icing is a great way to offer safety and assurance to customers during the often extreme conditions of the winter season. Roof de-icing systems from ProLine are commonly installed on hotel roofs and other commercial structures to enhance safety and protect roofs. The systems are versatile, fully automated, and energy efficient.

Roof de-icing systems typically consist of a contactor panel, an activation device, and a heating element. Each system from ProLine features state of the art, unique heating elements that allow for complete customization when installing a roof de-icing system. Most systems are self-regulating and fully automated, so when the sensor detects the appropriate temperature and precipitation, it will activate and keep the area clear of snow and ice. This convenience makes it a great option for any business or home looking to ensure pedestrian safety and prolong the life of the roof. Roof de-icing systems will prevent ice dams that form when snow and ice melts, runs down the roof, and refreezes along the colder roof eaves. These dams can cause roof leaking that can lead to expensive water damage. Ice and snow buildup can also happen in gutters, downspouts, and roof valleys, destroying your gutters as well as the roof. Installing a roof de-icing system in these areas or along the edge of a roof is not only extremely popular, but an effective choice for eliminating potential problems. Installing a roof de-icing system along the edge of a roof – or any area – will assure proper drainage and help to prevent damage.

Heated roof edges with self-regulating heat cable.

ProLine’s self regulating heat cable is an excellent choice for a variety of roof de-icing applications. This industry leading cable is not only effective, but energy efficient. It is UL recognized, and features an irradiated conductive core that will increase the output of heat as the temperature outside falls. This core is protected by a UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer outerjacket that is rugged enough for any environment, and the sturdy cable is available in a variety of lengths for quick and easy installation. Self-regulating heat cable is extremely versatile and can be easily installed in any area of the roof, gutters, downspouts, and oddly shaped areas. ProLine’s self regulating cable is one the most recommended roof heating solutions available today, and is a great investment to offer any home or business owner.

ProLine also offers a pre-terminated self-regulated heat cable. This single-point connection, 120V 6-watt cable comes pre-assembled, and can be installed and plugged directly into a standard outlet or GFCI power plug. The cable is available in 50, 75, or 100 foot lengths. The main benefit of pre-assembled self terminated cable is its quick and easy installation, which requires no special skills or tools. The heat trace cable can also be used for industrial applications, including hazardous or corrosive environments.

Another convenient option for heat trace solutions on rooflines, gutters, downspouts, or even pipes is ProLine’s constant wattage heat cable. This cable is also pre-assembled and can be plugged into a regular outlet, but has a parallel heating core. This core produces a uniform thermal output over the entire length, and power output remains the same in any temperature, unlike self-regulating heat cable. With just a single power point, heat tracing systems can be installed along lengths up to several hundred feet. Constant wattage cable can be easily installed, making it a good choice for small trouble spots or industrial and even most chemically hostile environments. This cable is also used for process heating to control the flow of viscous materials.

If heat cable isn’t your first choice for the application at hand, ProLine also offers an industry leading low-voltage roof de-icing system. This system is different from self regulated heat cable, as the heating element is a semi-conductive thin polymer panel that can be cut, stapled, and nailed on site. Low-voltage systems are most often used for melting snow and ice under shingle and metal roofs. With the low-voltage de-icing system, transformers step down from high-voltage to low- voltage while controlling a different section of the roof de-icing system. The low-voltage system is also self-regulating, so when the temperature rises, consumption of energy decreases, assuring energy efficient performance. ProLine’s low-voltage roof-de-icing system is available in multiple widths, (3, 6, 9, or 12 inches) making it versatile enough for any roof de-icing project.

ProLine’s array of products makes offering roof de-icing systems for your customers easy. Industry leading, versatile self-regulated heating cable is the most popular and efficient choice for most customers, but heat trace cable can also be paired with other roof de-icing systems (such as the low-voltage system) to assure that each customer receives the systems that best fit their needs. Working with ProLine also means industry leading customer service; which includes system design, free installation training, and technical support. If you’re looking for a way to increase your business this winter and provide safe, efficient roof de-icing for your customers, ProLine offers a selection and prices that can’t be beat. If you are ready to get started with roof de-icing for your business, contact a ProLine customer service specialist today at 866.676.9276.

Efficient Snow Melting on Limited Power

Heating Large Areas with Minimal Power

Having clear walkways, driveways or parking areas is one of the most important things for businesses during the winter. Clear driveways and walkways are not only more inviting, but the added safety provided by an automated snow melting system is vital. Of course, there is also the added benefit of not having to pay a snow removal service, or shovel snow at the crack of dawn. A great option for those looking to help their customers avoid back breaking labor and enhance safety is to offer the installation of a ProLine snow melting system. Snow melting systems are versatile and can be installed in any residential or commercial application, even those with limited power.

Heating cable installed for heated paver driveway
Zoning allows homeowners with limited power to heat large driveways and aprons.

When considering a snow melting system, first determine the square footage of the area that needs to be heated. ProLine can even assist you with this if needed. By using a special software program, ProLine professionals can measure the square footage with a satellite view of any property.

The next step is to evaluate the available power at the location. This can be done by checking the main breaker panel. In homes, most panels are equipped with two 100-amp panels, or one 200-amp panel, which can be found on the top of the main breaker box. ProLine always suggests having an electrician measure the amperage to ensure there are no issues prior to starting the installation. If an electrician isn’t readily available, here are some general guidelines to consider. With most residential systems, one 30 amp breaker will heat about 170 square-feet. That means that a 60 amp breaker can heat a 350 square-foot driveway. If, after having the available amperage evaluated, it’s discovered that there is limited power ProLine can use a technique called zoning (or staging). Keep reading to learn how zoning works to help all your customers enjoy the benefits of a snowmelt system.

With ProLine’s new sequencer, zoning is an easy, cost-efficient way to heat multiple areas without exceeding available power. To zone a large snow melting system, ProLine designers divide the area into zones. Power is alternately sent to each zone, “pulsing” from one to another, using the available power to effectively heat a larger area. Unlike old zoning systems whereby only after one zone was cleared would power then be sent to another zone, the newer system is much more efficient – and timely. Old zoning systems also required each zone to have its own snow sensor. However, the new system eliminates the old process by using the available power to efficiently heat several zones – almost simultaneously. Homeowners can also operate the system manually if they wish. ProLine’s zoning systems separate themselves from competitors because they feature “smart” technology.

ProLine’s zoning systems separate themselves form competitors because they feature the new technology of the advanced sequencer. Other systems will cycle through zones regardless of whether the snow has been completely cleared or not. This is because most zoned snowmelt systems are set with timers. These systems will cycle between zones even when the zone is not cleared, and do so until all zones are cleared. With timed cycling, snowmelt times will be much longer, and important areas will not be cleared first. With a ProLine snow melt system, your customers can be sure that priority areas will be completely clear first. ProLine’s “smart” technology also saves power by detecting whether snow is melted prior to engaging the system. So, if the snow in zone 3 is already melted, then the system will not engage. This feature saves customers money by only operating when it is actually needed.

A snowmelt system with zoning.
Zoning allows you to operate a large snow melting system with limited power.

Snowmelt systems from ProLine are a great option for business owners looking to prevent hazardous conditions that can lead to injured employees, customers, and costly litigation. With zoning, even a small business with less amperage can ensure that priority areas such as storefront walkways are cleared and safe for customers. The reliability and performance of an electric snowmelt system is available for any home or business with zoning technology from ProLine.

Snowmelt systems are a great choice for any customer, and save time and money during the winter months. The operating cost of a snow melting system during a storm is usually less than hiring a professional to come and clear snow. Radiant snowmelt systems can also save money by extending the life of driveways and walkways, as they will not be deposed to salt or snow melting chemicals that can damage and degrade them.

If you’re ready to see how ProLine snowmelt systems can help increase your business, contact a ProLine professional today at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Radiant Heated Floors

Radiant heat is a great option for contractors to offer their customers. Not only is it an on-trend upgrade, it’s also a great way to enhance comfort and energy efficiency – not to mention to prepare for winter. Radiant heat is also extremely versatile, especially when working with ProLine. Radiant heat offers unique, luxurious warmth for the home, and is the most efficient heating technology available today. The systems are easy to install and easy to use.

Radiant heat warms from the floor up, efficiently transferring heat to objects, as opposed to air. Radiant heated floors offer a more optimal way to heat homes for many reasons. In addition to its unparalleled efficiency, radiant heat generates a more even heat than forced air, warming the rooms from the floor up. Unlike traditional forced-air systems that blow heated air through a series of duct work and vents where it rises quickly, radiant heat warmth originates from the floor, providing a subtle, even heat throughout the room. Because there is no need for vents and blowers, dust and allergens aren’t being circulated through the house. This can be a tremendous benefit for the elderly and those with respiratory issues.

Woman on warm wood floor

Radiant heat comes in two forms: electric and hydronic (water based). Electric radiant heat systems rely on a heating element, with thin heat resistance cable being the most common. ProLine carries a wide range of electric floor heating options.

Hydronic radiant heat utilizes heated water to warm the area. A special mixture of water and propylene glycol is heated by a boiler and then pumped through a closed loop of specially designed PEX tubing. The installation of hydronic systems can be somewhat complex, and because the system requires a boiler, manifold and pumps, a dedicated “mechanical room” is needed. Both electric and hydronic heating systems are very efficient. Electric systems are easy to install and feature rapid response times. Because hydronic systems can operate on natural gas, the operating costs may be lower than those of a similarly sized electric system. While electric floor heating systems are recommended for heating individual rooms and small to moderate sized areas, because of the potential for lower operating costs, hydronic floor heat may be recommended for customers looking to heat entire homes.

Whether a system is electric or hydronic, they work using the same three general components: an activation device (thermostat), a sensor, and a heating element. The sensor for the floor heating system can be embedded in the floor or mounted in the sensor to detect ambient temperature. Homeowners also have the option to use a combination of both.

Perhaps the most distinguishing part of any radiant heat system is the heating element. ProLine floor heating systems consist of a range of diverse element types. While thin heat resistance cable is the most popular choice, other systems include near paper-thin “film” heating element, low-voltage polymer panels and more. ProLine offers one of the largest varieties of floor heating systems available – for all types of flooring

When working with floors such as engineered wood, floating floors or hardwood, there are several proven options available. The first step in choosing a system for wood floors is identifying the floor type and whether the floor is “floating” or nailed. For nailed floors, ProLine offers a low-voltage floor heating system that is a proven winner. This system features a semi-conductive, self-regulating thin polymer heating panel that can be nailed or stapled through. This is an especially popular choice for heating hardwood, and does not require any build up and will not affect weight loads.

ProLine’s thin “film” heating element is most recommended for heating laminate and floating floors. The system features heating panels that are almost paper thin (only 0.16-inch thick). This efficient system heats floors without causing any floor buildup. The heating panels are cut to their proper length on site, and then installed over the subfloor. After the heating elements are secured, the electrical connections are made and the flooring is installed directly over the panels. Thin fluoropolymer insulated heating cable sealed between two layers of a specially reinforced aluminum foil can also be used to heat laminate floors. Call a ProLine representative for more detailed information about the many floor heating options that are available 866.676.9276.

Heated hardwood floor

Radiant heat can also be added to existing floors – without any major remodeling. By accessing the floor joists from below (crawl space or basement), thin panels can be stapled up between the floor joists, and then Batt insulation is installed over the heating element. This ensures maximum heat is directed upward to warm the floor. The panels are available in multiple widths, making it easy to add radiant heat to any existing floor. This system effectively warms tile, hardwood, laminate, and even carpeted flooring.

Another excellent choice for heating floating wood or laminate floors is ProLine’s reflective insulation panels. This system features ½-inch thick polystyrene insulation panels with pre-engineered channels for the heat cable, covered with thin aluminum. The aluminum “reflects” the heat, maximizing the heating cable’s output, resulting in a very efficient system. The panels are laid down and snapped together, and then ProLine heat cable is simply pressed into the pre-designated grooves, and flooring is laid directly on top. This system is super efficient – so much so that customers may run their systems for less time, resulting in even more cost savings.

Carpet or laminate flooring can be found in most homes, and many of ProLine’s systems are great choices to offer for heating carpet and laminate. ProLine’s low-voltage heating system and ProLine’s foil heating system can be used for both mediums, but hydronic is also available. Hydronic may be a great choice for larger areas such as industrial or commercial buildings. Hydronic heating systems can be used under a number of floorings, from tile and stone to luxury vinyl, carpet and laminate.

Rugged heat cable designed for installation in concrete slabs is also available. The cable is embedded 1 to 2 inches below the surface of the concrete for optimum performance. The radiant heat cable warms the concrete slab, which stores the heat, resulting in a very efficient floor heating method. The slab heating cable is extremely rugged and versatile, and suited for wet or dry locations.

ProLine Roof De-icing Solutions

Radiant roof heating is always a good option for businesses to invest in, especially when it can save them from costly damage and hazardous conditions. ProLine Radiant offers trusted, industry leading roof de-icing systems that are proven and easy to install. Providing roof de-icing installation for your customers is a strategy that can put you ahead of your competitors.

Some of the most dangerous winter hazards a roof heating system can protect home and business owners from are ice dams and ice buildup in gutters and downspouts. Heavy ice buildup not only can damage your gutters, but cause icicles that can drip and create icy walking surfaces that can be hazardous to pedestrians. A roof heating system like ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is an affordable, hassle-free way to prevent this buildup. The systems are reliable and maintenance free, and fully automated.

Heated roof valley and edge.

ProLine’s self regulating heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that is housed in a UV stabilized flexible thermoplastic elastomer jacket. This jacket protects the core and makes it safe for wet conditions, and protects it from sun exposure. The conductive core allows this cable to adjust its output according to the weather conditions. Because it is self-regulating it will not overheat, even if the cable touches or overlaps. As the outside temperature drops, the heat output will rise, assuring all ice and snow will be clear from the heated area.

Self-regulating de-icing system is activated by a contactor panel that sends power to the cable when the snow sensor detects the appropriate conditions. This heat cable can be installed in most places on your roof, but is particularly useful in gutters, valleys, and downspouts, and is also commonly used in pipe tracing applications. ProLine’s self-regulating cable is a safe, reliable, and affordable investment for any contractor looking to provide roof heating options for their customers.

ProLine’s self regulated heat cable is also found in another great industry leading roof de-icing product – roof heating panels. These attractive panels are carefully engineered with aluminum to be extremely energy efficient. Self-regulating heat cable is channeled through the panels to provide home or business owners with an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient solution.

ProLine’s roof heating panels also work in tandem with a contactor panel and an activation device. These panels are great for heating areas such as roof valleys, or along roof eaves where ice dams often form. Ice dams prevent runoff, and can cause damage to entire roofs that may lead to leakage into the home where mold and mildew can form.  Roof heating panels are an ideal choice for heating the eaves of residential structures to keep them snow and ice free. ProLine’s offers a wide selection of panels, ranging from 4 or 6 inch roof valley heating panels to 48-inch panels for roof eaves. The roof heating panel system is extremely efficient and will prevent any ice dams or other water damage by keeping areas free of snow and ice. Roof heating panels are a versatile, attractive way to prevent ice buildup on residential and commercial roofs.

Perhaps the most popular and highly recommend roof de-icing system is ProLine’s low-voltage system. The low-voltage roof heating solution features a thin, semi-conductive, self-regulating, polymer heating element that comes in rolls and is available in different widths. This element is polypropylene fused during its fabrication, to make sure it is water proof and protected from alkaline or salt damage. It can be cut on site and nailed or stapled through, making installation quick and easy. This system also includes an activation device that will efficiently activate the system when the conditions are right. An aerial-mount snow sensor or the STEP Touch thermostat can be used. With ProLine’s low-voltage heating solution, each transformer controls a specific section of the roof heating system, and steps down high-voltage to low-voltage (60 V or less).

When working with ProLine roof de-icing systems, there are options for every customer. Any of ProLine’s roof de-icing systems can be used together to create a completely individual system that will fit the specific needs of each customer. Whether your customer wants the whole roof heated, or simply wants to protect problem areas, ProLine’s roof de-icing systems will get the job done. Roof de-icing systems are also a great solution to offer customers in the summer to ensure they are prepared for the cold winter ahead. Add roof heat installation to your service offerings and build up your bottom line.

If you have any questions, or are ready to learn more about ProLine’s roof de-icing options for your business, contact a ProLine professional at 866.676.9276.

ProLine Floor Heating Solutions

Radiant floor heating systems are a great amenity that can enhance your business and attract new clients.Whether you’re installing them in new construction homes, retrofitting old flooring, or offering them to business clients, floor heating is a great way to  increase your bottom line. When working with ProLine, the multitude of radiant heat products available make it easy to please any customer and heat any area.

One of the products most often requested at ProLine is TileHeat, or ProLine floor heating cable. ProLine’s floor heating cable is a a durable, versatile cable that can be used in many different applications, and in conjunction with other ProLine products. ProLine floor heat cable is a cable you can trust. It is UL listed and features a single-point connection for easy installation. The twin-conductor cable is rated at 120 or 240 volts. This durable cable comes on spools that can be used alone for custom shaped areas, or it can be purchased pre-spaced in mats for simple “roll out” installation. These mats feature heat cable that is pre-spaced on a flexible mesh with an adhesive backing so they can be quidkly and easily secured to the subfloor. ProLine’s radiant heating mats heat an area 24-inches wide, making them convenient, quick to install and super efficient. ProLine’s floor heating cable also comes with an industry leading 25-year warranty to ensure that your floor heating system runs efficiently for years to come.

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Tile floor with cutout showing radiant heat cable and thinset.

ProLine’s floor heating cable can also be used in conjunction with other great products, like the Prodeso floor membrane. The Prodeso floor membrane is a unique uncoupling, crack isolating and waterproofing system that allows for heating floors without movement or expansion joints in the screed. The membrane is polypropylene with rounded square shaped reliefs that create a channel that holds the ProLine floor heating cable in place. Because of Prodeso’s design, it is an extremely versatile product. It can be used to heat whole rooms, or can simply be used an uncoupling membrane. Prodeso is a great choice for ceramic tile flooring or other flooring materials that are prone cracking, or areas that have difficult substrates, such as concrete slab or plywood. The Prodeso membrane measures in at a thickness of only ¼-inch and is extremely light, making it an easy choice for areas where load capacity may be an issue.

Installation of Prodeso is quick and easy. The membrane comes on rolls and is laid out across the entire subfloor. After the membrane is laid out, ProLine’s heated floor cable is embedded and secured in the pre-designated channels. After the cable is installed in the areas needed, flooring is installed over the Prodeso membrane. Installation can be completed in a day. Prodeso’s versatility also allows it to be installed in both indoor and outdoor applications, as it is safe to use under wet or dry conditions.

If ProLine heat cable isn’t the right fit for your project, ProLine also offers innovative FilmHeat. This floor heating system consists a of highly-effective, near paper-thin heating element. This element adds no floor build up and provides regulated heat that will help reduce your monthly heating bill. This system is also UL approved and comes with a 10- year warranty. ProLine’s thin film heating element is one of the best options for projects with laminate flooring, as it is a great value and easy to install. ProLine’s film heating element is cut to the appropriate length on site, and then laid out directly onto the subfloor. After the electrical connections are made, the flooring is installed directly on top of the element. ProLine’s film heating element is also great for customers looking to add radiant heat to exiting flooring. It can be installed to heat existing floors by stapling up the heating element between the floor joists. After the element is attached, batt insulation is attached over the element ensuring all heat is directed upward. This gives homeowners an affordable option when it comes to heating existing floors without any major remodeling.

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Heated hardwood floor with cutaway showing the thin “film” heating element.

With so many industry leading radiant heat products available, you can be sure any customer’s needs will be met, but radiant heat systems are only as good as their installation, and that is where ProLine outperforms the competition. Along with great products, ProLine is one of the few wholesale companies that offers complete customer support services, ensuring that your investment in radiant heat pays off for you and your customers.

Support specialists are available every step of the way to make sure that the most important parts of any radiant heat system—design and installation—are taken care of. Without a proper design, installation can be less than precise, and take longer than necessary. At ProLine, professional system designers will prepare a detailed CAD that contains all the specifications needed for installation, including power requirements, layout of materials, load calculation, the number of breakers and their sizes, as well as the system performance expectations. This detailed CAD is created for each radiant heat system, and helps to ensure that each system is installed properly, saving your business time and money by minimizing issues during install. When you’re ready to start the installation, ProLine also has top notch installation training and support for contractors and professionals. Installation support from ProLine is unmatched in the industry. Support is available throughout installation, and online training courses are free. ProLine professionals will work with you whenever you need help during the installation to make sure that the process is pain free and your customer is happy.

With ProLine’s wholesale pricing and full customer support services, contractors and professionals can’t go wrong. If you’re interested in wholesale radiant floor heating products for your business or have any questions, call a ProLine professional today at 866.676.9276.