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The Leading Roof De-icing Solution

Business and homeowners are continuing to recognize the importance of roof de-icing systems nowadays. While keeping roofs well maintained and free of ice dams during the winter months is beneficial for the structural integrity of residential and commercial buildings, preventing ice dams and large icicles from forming can also enhance safety for pedestrians. As day turns to night, the water that dripped from the icicles onto the sidewalk can freeze, resulting in dangerous sheets of virtually invisible ice. Needless to say, conditions like these can be a nightmare for property owners, especially those with commercial properties.

ProLine offers several roof de-icing solutions, but one in particular has become a favorite of professional roofers. Low-voltage RoofHeat™ STEP® system has come to be the de-icing system of choice for hotels, resorts, and businesses in cold weather climates. This advanced roof heating system features a unique semi-conductive, self-regulating polymer heating element that can be installed directly under asphalt, shake, and tile shingles, as well as metal roofs. The automated system operates on low voltage and does not require a ground fault switch. ProLine’s low-voltage roof heating system is one of the most trusted and comprehensive roof de-icing solutions available. The system’s remarkable performance and ease of installation are just a few reasons why it is favored by roofing professionals.

Low-voltage roof heating system being installed

The most common reason for home and business owners to install a roof de-icing system is to prevent the potential costly damage that can result from ice dams. Ice dams form as a result of warm air escaping from the home into the attic. The warmer air causes the bottom layer of snow on the roof to melt. The melted snow runs down to the roof eaves, but because there is no warm attic under the eaves, the water slowly refreezes near the roof’s edge. As more melted snow reaches the eave, it refreezes and causes a ridge of ice to form. Eventually, the growing ice ridge causes the water to pool behind it, resulting in areas of standing water on the roof. The water in these pools can seep into every tiny crevice and imperfection in the roof, and as it refreezes and expands, it can create potentially serious problems in the future.

About the System

ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system is powered by transformers. The transformer steps down high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less), and monitors the power and output of the heating element to ensure safe, optimal performance.

The thin heating element is just 3/64-inch thick, and features an impermeable membrane that is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage. It is available in widths of 3, 6, 9 or 12-inches, making it versatile enough to be installed to heat large areas, roof valleys, intricate trouble spots, and even in roof gutters.

ProLine’s lightweight panels are easy to install and can be cut to size on the job site. During installation, the heating element can also be nailed or stapled through, making installation quicker and easier than other traditional roof heating systems. (However, be sure to avoid nailing through the bus braids.) The roof heating system is self-regulating, so 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.

Some basic features and benefits of ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system include:

  • Low-voltage and self-regulating
  • Thin, flexible heating panels: 3/64-inch (1.2 mm) thick
  • Lightweight: 0.23 lb/ft (0.34 kg/m)
  • Operates quietly and efficiently
  • Versatile: Can be installed under asphalt, shake, and tile shingles, and metal roofs. The system can be used to heat roof eaves, valleys, gutters, or even the entire roof.
  • The heating element can be nailed or stapled through. (Avoid nailing through the bus braids.)
  • Discreet: The heating element is installed out of sight, under the roofing.
  • Construction: Rugged positive temperature coefficient (PTC) semi-conductive polymer with an impermeable membrane outer coating that is polypropylene fused
  • Proven performance
  • 10-year limited warranty against manufacturing defects
  • ETL (NRTL) listed

Low-voltage heating element

The low-voltage roof heating system is typically controlled by the advanced STEP Touch Thermostat (activation device). The thermostat is designed for simple two-control functionality for ease of operation and features a 3-digit, auto-dim LED display. The Touch sensor controls are maintenance free and capable of working seamlessly with all ProLine radiant heat systems, and can interface with smart home systems as well. All settings are stored in permanent memory for instant recovery in the event of a power failure (no batteries are needed).

While the STEP Touch Thermostat is the recommended activation device, the low-voltage de-icing system can also utilize ProLine’s advanced aerial-mount activation device. Customers have a variety of options to choose from, so call and talk with one of our radiant heat experts today and we’ll be happy to help determine the best configuration and controls for your system.

ProLine Radiant custom designs each roof heating system according to the specific needs of each customer. Professional roof heating system designers will work closely with you to ensure that you receive the best roof de-icing solution possible for your demands.

In addition to professional system design and layout services, ProLine also includes free installation training for installers as well as technical support during the installation. We are available to assist your installer if they have any questions during the installation. Our goal is not only to ensure that you receive the best system, but that your system is installed correctly and performing as advertised.

For more details about ProLine’s industry-leading roof de-icing solutions, call ProLine and speak to a customer service professional today at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Offers New Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller

Working with construction professionals throughout the country, ProLine Radiant strives to offer contractors the most trusted and technologically advanced products available. In keeping with this commitment, ProLine has added the new Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Controller to its vast product offering.

The principle advantage of the Wi-Fi Snow Melting System Control Unit is its Wi-Fi functionality. The Wi-Fi capability allows the controller to communicate the status of the system to the user, who can choose how they would like the system to proceed.

For example, if the system is activated, it sends a notification to an app on the user’s phone. The user can then choose to ignore it and allow the system to run, or turn it off if desired. The controller will also send you a notification if a problem with the system’s activation device is detected. ProLine adds convenience and efficiency with the innovative Wi-Fi snow melting system controller.

Wi-Fi snow melting system controller
The ProLine Wi-Fi snow melting system controller.

The Wi-Fi snow melting system controller works with an aerial-mount or in-ground snow sensor to automatically detect snow or ice and activate the system to prevent any snow from accumulating. The unit is compact and can be easily installed on a wall in the garage or utility room.

Wi-Fi Control Unit Features:

  • Automatic snow/ice detection
  • Operates hydronic or electric on/off systems
  • Supports multiple zones with priority
  • Compatible with both in-slab and retrofit aerial sensors
  • Tandem snow/ice detection
  • Warm weather shut down
  • Cold weather cut off
  • Idling and manual storm for quick response
  • Automatic software updates
  • EconoMelt function

ProLine radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, so they operate only when needed to efficiently prevent snow and ice from accumulating on walks, parking areas, driveways, steps and more. The automated systems include an advanced in-ground or aerial-mount snow sensor (activation device) that detects temperature and precipitation. When weather conditions warrant, the system activates, preventing snow and ice from accumulating. ProLine electric snow melting systems are also maintenance free, and can be installed in a variety of mediums, including concrete, brick and stone pavers, and hot asphalt. The versatile snowmelt systems are commonly installed in a wide range of residential as well as commercial snow removal applications.

ProLine offers a wide variety of radiant heat solutions, including snow melting, floor heating, roof de-icing, and pipe trace systems. For more information about ProLine products and industry-leading customer services, call a friendly representative today, at 866-676-9276.

Electric and Hydronic Radiant Heat Systems

Winter may be over, but spring time is the time to take advantage of snow melting system discounts from ProLine. In other words, spring is a great to time to install a radiant heat snow melting system to make sure those steps, sidewalks, or driveways are ready for the next winter.

When considering radiant heat for any application, it is important to know the ins and outs of each system, and which will be the best fit for your project. There are several options when it comes to radiant heat, and knowing the basics can help assure the right system is installed.

One of the most important things to know about radiant snow melting systems is the two available types of systems: electric and hydronic. Both systems offer their own benefits, and provide clean, efficient heat, but one system may be better suited than the other for certain applications. Hydronic systems can be used in most places, but are often used for larger areas, such as commercial applications because of the potential for lower operating costs. Electric systems are more versatile, and are far more recommended for supplemental home heating applications and residential driveway snow melting.

Heated paver driveway
An electric snow melting system installed under a paver heated driveway.

A hydronic radiant snow melting system is considerably more complex than an electric snow melting system. Hydronic systems heat floors and outdoor surfaces by using a mixture of water and propylene glycol that is heated with a boiler or water heater. These systems can use a condensing boiler that can operate on natural gas, allowing for operating cost to remain low. The liquid is sent through specially designed PEX tubing that comes in ½ inch to ¾ inch diameter that can be curved to fit the area being heated. This tubing is installed beneath the surface, and can be installed under almost any medium-including concrete, pavers, and asphalt. While hydronic systems may have a lower operating cost, especially for larger areas, they can have a much higher initial installation cost, as they require a dedicated mechanical room, include more components, and require more labor during installation. Hydronic radiant heat snow melting systems are still a popular choice for many business and homeowners, but electric radiant snow melting systems have become the favorite in recent years for heating residential driveways and even commercial outdoor areas.

Electric snowmelt systems are the most popular snow melting option at ProLine. These systems work by heating the driveways, sidewalks, or other outdoor areas with durable resistance electric heating cable that is embedded into the medium. The snowmelt system is activated by an automatic sensor (in-ground or aerial-mounted snow sensor). The sensor detects temperature and precipitation, so when conditions warrant, the sensor triggers the system, and power is then sent from the control panel to the heat cable, warming the surface. ProLine snow melting heat cables are available on spools or pre-spaced on flexible, durable mats that are laid out underneath the medium.

Installing ProLine snow melting heat cable is also easy. Depending on your system, the cable is spaced 3 or 4 inches.  Snow melting systems can be installed into or under any medium, including brick and stone pavers, mortar beds, concrete, or even hot asphalt, making them extremely versatile.

 

Electric snow melting systems also have a smaller upfront cost than hydronic, and are easier to customize with ProLine’s electric snow melting cable. Customers have several options when installing radiant snowmelt systems. Rather than heating an entire driveway, a strip up the middle could be heated, or even two tire tracks or a high traffic area.

Electric radiant heat systems also offer faster response times and are easier to install when compared to hydronic. ProLine snow melting cable produces 30-55 watts per square foot, depending on the design of the system. Another feature of electric heat that draws customers is that it requires virtually no maintenance. An electric snow melting system from ProLine has no moving parts, making it an extremely reliable way to increase safety as well as eliminate manual snow removal needs. Electric snow melting systems are also fully automated, making life easier during Mother Nature’s cold spells. Electric snow melting systems have proven to stand the test of time.

While both hydronic and electric heating systems will provide clean, energy efficient snow melting, electric radiant heat systems are often the best choice, especially for residential projects. According to many construction professionals, an estimated 90 percent of customers choose electric radiant heat over hydronic.

Whether choosing a hydronic or electric snow melting system, Proline’s Industry leading product line has something for your project. ProLine also offers customer service that can’t be beat, including professional system design services, free installation training, and expert technical support. Working with ProLine assures you and your customers that you’re not only receiving the industry’s best products and materials, but the best customer service.

If you’re ready to offer snow melting system installations as a part of your business, or need more information on snow melting systems, contact a ProLine professional at 866.676.9276.

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 new 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.