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New Year, New Opportunities

Every new year brings more opportunities to improve your business. But finding new ideas or products that can put your business above competitors can be difficult. Sometimes those “opportunities” are hidden, but other times they might be right in front of you, but you haven’t noticed. Speaking of which, have you explored the options offered by ProLine? We offer wholesale radiant heat solutions that can benefit your customers and build your business.

ProLine has a variety of options that you can offer your customers during the winter months — or any time of year. One of the most popular products for construction businesses is a roof de-icing system from ProLine. Several custom options are available.

The roof is an integral part of the house that many homeowners forget needs protection and maintenance. Snow and ice buildup can cause costly damage and roof deterioration after a harsh winter. Don’t let your customers neglect their roofs. There are de-icing options for every customer at ProLine.

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

Whether working with residential or commercial customers, self-regulating heat cable is a proven option for any application. ProLine’s self-regulating cable is perfect for installing on existing roofs, remodeling projects, or new construction. Self-regulating heat trace cable features advanced technology. An irradiated conductive core increases output as the temperature drops and decreases when the temperature rises. Self-regulation makes the cable extremely effective and energy efficient. A rugged fluoropolymer jacket that can withstand the elements protects the core and enhances the durability of the cable. Careful construction and advanced technology allow self-regulating heat cables to perform under virtually any condition. ProLine’s cable is UL recognized and features a 10-year warranty, making it an attractive option for business and homeowners. Self-regulating heat cable is available in a variety of options. This includes a variety of self-regulating cable as well as pre-terminated cable with or without a ground-fault circuit interrupter, and constant wattage cable. Constant wattage cable comes ready to use, and can be quickly installed and plugged in.

Self-regulating heat systems from ProLine also make for easy installation. Popular installations include roof gutters or a zig-zag pattern along the roof edge. When installed in gutters, self-regulating heat cable will protect both gutters and downspouts from heavy ice buildup that causes damage. When placed along the roof edge, self-regulated heat cable prevents snow accumulation. Preventing snow buildup is vital. If snow is allowed to accumulate, ridges of ice can form. These ridges become ice dams. An ice dam traps pooled water behind it, and that water can seep into tiny cracks and ultimately threaten the integrity of the roof over time. Eventually, seepage can lead to hazardous water damage inside the home.

Self-regulating heat cable systems for commercial applications are also vital. When protecting commercial roofs, gutters, and downspouts, you’re also protecting customers and employees. Heavy snow buildup can fall and injure customers, and so can icicles that form along the gutters. Roof de-icing systems can help to enhance safety for pedestrians below.

Low-voltage roof heating systems
Low-voltage roof de-icing system installed to heat roof valley and eave.

Another great roof de-icing product from ProLine to prevent ice dams is the low-voltage de-icing system. This state-of-the-art system has a semi-conductive polymer heating element that is extremely thin, (only 3/64 of an inch). The low-voltage system steps down from high to low voltage to ensure safety and efficiency. Construction of the low-voltage roof de-icing system makes it one of the most advanced and efficient systems available. To assure easy installation and convenience, heating elements are sold in rolls available in 3, 9, and 12-inch widths. The heating element can also be cut on-site and even nailed or stapled through. Installation can be done under shingles, metal roofs, or other roofing materials. Applications include rooftops, valleys, eaves, gutters, and trouble spots. ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system is reliable, safe, and popular in commercial and residential heating applications all over the country.

Self-regulating heat cable is also used for pipe tracing applications. For commercial customers, pipe tracing can be a lifesaver. Ruptured pipes can cause water damage and cost thousands of dollars to repair. ProLine has heat-tracing cable options for any business. Protect pipes, valves, flanges, or other areas easily with self-regulating heat cable. Self-regulation means these cables will never burn out and the cable can adjust the power output to the varying temperatures along the pipe. ProLine’s cable is also suitable for hazardous and corrosive environments.

Whatever products you’re looking at for your business, working with ProLine means top-notch customer service. Professionals are here to help you every step of the way. With ProLine this means professional system design. Every de-icing system includes a detailed AutoCAD that serves as a roadmap for the electrician and installers. Every AutoCAD has the system layout and all electrical information for installation. ProLine also includes free installation training and expert support throughout installation. ProLine’s superior customer service and support are why professionals consistently choose ProLine for their business needs. Contact a professional at ProLine today for more information on our many custom roof de-icing solutions, at 866-676-9276.

Winter Hits with a Vengeance

Year of the Atmospheric Rivers

Winter of 2022-23 has raged across the U.S. like a thundering avalanche, socking the western states particularly hard with record rain and snowfall. Just days after the official start of winter, record precipitation bombarded areas in California and Oregon, and a parade of storms continues to line up over the Pacific. January is expected to see a series of intense storms that will dump tropical moisture throughout the entire western region. Never before has the old expression “when it rains, it pours,” rung with more truth.

But the West isn’t alone in its wet winter woes, as residents of Buffalo, New York know all too well. While the West Coast was being slammed by storms, Buffalo was being suffocated by a “once in a generation” snowstorm that left 52 inches of snow at the Buffalo-Niagara International Airport. Less than one month into the winter season, Buffalo’s airport has already tallied 101.6 inches of snow. According to records dating back to 1884, that’s Buffalo’s snowiest start to any winter – by over a foot.

Meteorologists attribute most of the extreme storms and heavy precipitation to atmospheric rivers, a phenomenon featuring flowing columns of condensed tropical water vapor. So far this winter, one column has followed another, and states that were experiencing “exceptional” drought conditions are now under flood watches. The storms are bringing much needed relief to the parched western states, but the intensity of the rain and snowstorms has overwhelmed many residents.

Heated paver sidewalk
An automated snow melting system installed under a paver walkway.

It seems that winters are becoming more extreme and unpredictable nowadays, so we can only do our best to be prepared and deal with the cards that nature deals us. For businesses, staying open to serve their communities during major winter storms is a challenge. While most residents hunker down and avoid going out during a storm, sometimes chores or errands can’t wait, and a run to the store has to be made. Whether it’s a run to the grocery store for a gallon of milk or a trip to the music store for a set of guitar strings, we all have our own “emergencies” that just can’t wait. It’s during these times that consumers are searching for convenience – and safety – more than anything else. That’s why it’s vital for storefronts and businesses to provide an open invitation to prospective customers by having clear parking lots and snow-free walks and entryways.

ProLine radiant snow melting systems are reliable and fully automated, which makes the systems appealing to business owners. Many ProLine snow melting systems are installed in commercial applications. Business owners rely on automated snow melting systems to provide ‘round the clock protection to keep parking lots, walkways and steps free of snow and ice. Good business owners understand how vital it is to keep their storefronts safe and accessible.

ProLine automated snow melting systems utilize state-of-art components, including an aerial-mount, or pavement-mount snow sensor, a small controller or control panel, and premium heat resistant cable.

Automated snow melting systems rely on either an aerial-mount or a pavement-mount snow sensor (activation device). These sensors detect temperature and precipitation. When the temperature is below the sensor’s adjustable set point, and precipitation is detected, the sensor signals the system controller or contactor panel. Power is then sent to the heat cable embedded beneath the surface. The area is warmed to prevent the accumulation of snow. After the snowstorm, the system remains on for a short time to dry the pavement to prevent thin sheets of “black” ice from forming.

In addition to providing premier snow melting systems and components at wholesale prices, ProLine also includes industry-leading customer services. ProLine system designers custom design each system, and a detailed CAD layout of the system is available to the installer / electrician.

ProLine also offers free installation training. Installers can arrange a time and complete the training online with an instructor at their convenience. The instructor will cover every aspect of the installation, and answer any questions. Technical support is also available during the installation. Even after receiving the installation training, one may encounter an unforeseen issue during the installation. The installer can call a support professional at ProLine, and the support expert will be happy to assist. (ProLine may be the only wholesale provider that also includes such comprehensive customer support services.)

For more detailed information about radiant snow melting, floor heating, or roof de-icing solutions, call a radiant heat expert today, at 866-676-9276.

Environmentally Friendly Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is appealing to a growing number of home and business owners nowadays. In addition to its environmentally friendly features, radiant heat is also the most efficient heating technology today. The systems are used to heat homes as well as provide snow melting for driveways, sidewalks, steps, ramps, roofs, and more.

Fully automated snow melting systems not only eliminate the need to shovel and plow driveways, but also the need for salt and snow melting chemicals. Salt runoff from driveways and sidewalks can damage nearby plants and grass. When spring time rolls around, the damage can be apparent.

The common solution for homeowners is to shovel and then salt the driveway or walks to prevent ice from forming. This is the typical routine for most of us, but it can come at a cost to grass and other nearby plants. Salt runoff tends to seep into the nearby soil, causing long term damage to the lawn and surrounding landscape. When spring arrives, some lawns reveal the tell-tale signs of salt and snowmelt chemical use. Grass lining the edges of driveways and sidewalks looks brown and dead.

Grass damaged by snow melting salt
The effects of salt runoff from a driveway.

While the landscape can often bear the scars of winter, the cold, wet season can also take a toll on concrete driveways. “Spalling” is an unfortunate problem with some concrete driveways and sidewalks.

The term “spalling” refers to the crumbling, or disintegration, of the surface of a concrete slab. The damage is typically limited to less than a quarter of an inch deep. The smooth, finished surface breaks apart, and the rougher stone aggregate is revealed below. But why do some concrete surfaces crumble like this?

For the most part, concrete is very stable and permanent; however, it is also porous, so it will absorb water. During winter storms, small amounts of water can be trapped inside the concrete, where it freezes at night and pushes the cement binder apart. The expanding and contracting ice/water eventually breaks down the surface, causing the top layer to crumble. (Frozen water expands about 10%, which is enough to push areas of the top layer upwards, resulting in spalling.) So, in addition to helping to preserve the health of the adjacent lawn, radiant heat can also help to prolong the lifespan of concrete and paved driveways.

The obvious benefit of radiant heated driveways is the elimination of plowing or manual snow removal. The systems also greatly enhance safety. Automated snow melting systems have a built in “afterrun” function. This safety feature forces the driveway heating system to remain on for a short time after the snowstorm to dry the surface. This prevents slick ice from forming on the surface, while eliminating tiny pockets of water from freezing and damaging the concrete from within to dramatically reduce the chance of spalling.

In addition to the “convenience” features, radiant snow melting systems provide a host of other features and benefits. Some of these include:

Maintenance free: Once an electric snow melting system is installed, there’s no need for regular maintenance. Because these systems have no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance free.

Environmentally friendly: Clean operating snow melting systems help to preserve the health of nearby plants and grass by eliminating the need for harmful salt and harsh snow melting chemicals.

Fully automated: Radiant driveway heating systems are fully automated. The systems feature embedded heat cable, an advanced snow sensor (activation device), and a controller or contactor panel. The activation device is a compact, durable, high-tech snow sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the set point (typically set at 38°F), the sensor signals the controller, and then power is sent to the heating elements to warm the surface and prevent the accumulation of snow. (The systems also feature manual override capability so it can be manually triggered to deal with snowdrifts or other issues if needed.)

A radiant snow melting system at an outdoor mall.
A radiant snow melting system at an outdoor mall.

Safety: One of the most obvious benefits of automated snow melting systems is that of enhanced safety. The systems stand ready to activate when needed, assuring that sidewalks, steps, driveways, and other areas remain clear of snow and ice during the winter season.

Versatile, easy to customize: Automated driveway heating systems are easy to customize. The systems can be tailored to meet the homeowners’ precise layout, as well as their snow melting needs and budget. Small areas of a driveway can be heated, or heated tire tracks or any other configuration can be installed. ProLine professional system designers have provided layouts for commercial and residential customers throughout the country.

ProLine carries a wide range of industry-leading products. In addition to these proven products, ProLine also includes unmatched customer services, including free installation training, installation support, and professional system design and layout drawings. ProLine is the trusted wholesale provider of premier radiant heat solutions. For more details, call a friendly radiant heat expert today, at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Works to Ease the Challenges Facing Today’s Professional Builders

We survived another spooky Halloween season, but don’t let the gremlins and goblins of today’s economy get you down. As a leading wholesale provider of radiant heat solutions, ProLine Radiant is focused on helping contractors and professional builders overcome the supply shortages and inflation facing the industry today. Some may insist that this is the “new normal”, but ProLine doesn’t adhere to this line of thinking. Call us old fashioned, but we still believe in delivering products in a timely, affordable manner. Receiving the goods that you need, when you need, without paying more than you need doesn’t have to be relegated to memories of the good ol’ days.

We’re all feeling the effects of inflation and longer wait times in our daily lives, but ProLine is leveraging its resources to minimize the inconvenience for its customers. By utilizing its large inventory warehouses, ProLine is able to keep an abundant supply of its most popular products on hand.

ProLine understands that professional builders rely on affordable prices and timely delivery of products and materials. Through careful planning, ProLine is able to sidestep much of the higher manufacturing costs and lagging delivery times. ProLine maintains large inventories in its warehouses, so customers can get what they need, when they need. Having the resources allows ProLine to continue to manufacture and maintain an abundance of its most popular products for wholesale suppliers – which ultimately saves time and money for the consumer. While many consumers of today struggle to adapt to the “new normal”, ProLine is striving to deliver the good ol’ fashioned customer experience reminiscent of the good old days.

Cambridge paver heated driveway.
A radiant snow melting system installed for a heated paver driveway.

ProLine Radiant carries a vast selection of radiant heat solutions. From roof de-icing and pipe trace solutions to heated driveways and radiant floor heating systems, ProLine offers a range of the most trusted products in the industry. ProLine backs each system with unmatched customer support services, which include free installation training, professional system design services, and technical support for installers. ProLine solutions can be tailored for large civic and commercial applications as well as custom residential radiant heating and snow melting needs.

By carrying a large, diverse selection of radiant heat systems and components, ProLine customers are ensured of receiving the ideal product for their specific needs. ProLine professionals work closely with customers to match their needs with the best systems and components available.

ProLine floor heating systems feature a variety of heating elements, each of which is designed to accommodate specific floor types. While thin heating cable and mats are the most commonly installed solution for heating floors, other heating elements include ultra thin (0.016-inch) heating panels (for floating floors), self-regulating low-voltage panels, and even floor heating panels that can be stapled up between floor joists to heat existing floors. For more details about ProLine’s floor heating systems, call and speak with a friendly radiant heat expert today, at 866-676-9276.

ProLine driveway heating and snow melting systems are among the best in class. The radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, and each system is designed to meet the specific needs of the customer. ProLine designers customize each system, and design it according to ASHRAE standards so that it efficiently meets each individual customer’s demands. Snow melting systems can be customized to meet the snow melting – as well as the budget – needs of the customer. Entire driveways can be heated, or systems can be designed and installed to only heat two 24-inch-wide tire tracks, or small shaded areas, or areas on inclines can be easily heated. ProLine designers have experience designing systems for a variety of commercial and residential applications.

ProLine roof de-icing systems are also available, and can be tailored to any configuration needed by the customer. Low-voltage heating panels can be installed discreetly under roof shingles (or metal roofs), while self-regulating heat trace cable can also be installed along roof edges, valleys, gutters and downspouts. The options are virtually limitless.

If you’re looking to install radiant heat, and want to work with professionals who still emphasize superior customer service, contact the professionals at ProLine. In addition to our other inclusive services, we also offer free consulting. We’re happy to learn about your project and offer suggestions that would best serve your needs. Call us today, at 866-676-9276.

Preparing for Winter

October is here, and that means cooler weather is coming. Fall doesn’t have to mean business slowing down for contractors and wholesalers. A great way to keep business busy throughout fall is to help customers prepare their homes or businesses for the upcoming winter. One crucial part of winter preparation is a biannual roof inspection. Water is the number one enemy of a house. Water damage to the roof or interior of the home can be costly and dangerous. Helping customers understand the steps of a thorough roof inspection and how to prevent roof leaks with a de-icing system will keep business flowing all winter.

The first step in a good roof inspection is checking gutters and downspouts. These areas are often neglected and can become blocked with debris. Without proper drainage, ice and snow can build up and cause damage. Next, homeowners should carefully check the roof. Careful inspection should find any missing, worn, or loose shingles. To be sure that there will be no water seepage into the home or business, it is also crucial to check the attic. Surveying for signs of water damage is vital. Another important part of a roof inspection is checking the insulation. Doing this can prevent heat from escaping the home into the attic. If heat escapes into the attic, it can warm the roof and melt the bottom layer of snow. The snow then trickles down the roof to the eaves. The water will then re-freeze into a ridge of ice. Eventually, the ice ridge forms a dam that traps water on the rooftop. Pools of standing water can be the worst enemy to roofs. The trapped water can lead to seepage and cause interior and exterior damage to the building.

After a roof inspection, installing a roof de-icing system is the easiest, most efficient way to enhance protection for the roof and home, as well as pedestrian traffic below. ProLine offers a wide range of roof de-icing systems for residential and commercial applications. The roof heating systems can be combined, or easily customized to meet the customers’ specific needs. ProLine also includes industry-leading support services to back its premier products.

Low-voltage roof heating system being installed
A low-voltage roof heating system being installed on resort hotel roof.

ProLine’s most popular and highly recommended system is the STEP low-voltage roof de-icing system. This low-voltage system features a semi-conductive polymer heating element. The panels can be installed discreetly under shingles or metal roofs and cut or stapled onsite. The de-icing system steps from high-voltage down to low-voltage (60v or less), while monitoring the self-regulating heating element’s output. This function allows for safe, efficient operation. With 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch widths available, installation in large areas, roof valleys, or roof gutters is possible. ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system also comes with a 10-year manufacturing warranty against defects. This rugged product is used all over the country in a wide variety of applications.

Self-regulating heat trace cable is another versatile product that can save a roof from water damage. Installation of self-regulating heat trace cable is easy and flexible. Custom de-icing solutions are a great option, and creating them to fit any area is easy. Running cable through roof gutters, downspouts, or placing in a zigzag pattern along roof eaves can prevent ice dam formation. This sturdy cable makes a prudent choice for any home or business. Installing a self-regulating heat trace cable system is also an affordable option for those on a budget. ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is one of the most popular industry-leading de-icing solutions available. ProLine’s roof heating products provide efficient, reliable de-icing during the harsh winter months.

Combining ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system with self-regulating heat trace systems is also possible. The ability to combine products assures that wholesalers have a product to meet any customer’s needs. There are even options for retrofitting roofs or new construction. ProLine’s self-regulating heat trace cable embedded in attractive aluminum panels is another de-icing option. Each state-of-the-art panel is engineered for maximum heat transfer and energy-efficient operation. The panel’s design creates an efficient, stylish solution for de-icing.

Whatever products you need to help your business thrive this fall, ProLine has them. Helping customers upkeep the integrity of their roofs and protect their homes from water damage is a valuable service that contractors can offer. While you’re providing top-notch service to your customers, ProLine is providing it to you. Along with industry-leading products, all customers have access to professionals who can answer questions about products or installation. Installation videos and help are also available online at any time. Free training is also provided, and can be completed online with an instructor or in person with a ProLine professional. Adding ProLine products to the arsenal of your business is smart and easy. Call ProLine today at 866-676-9276 to get started!

Heat Trace Solutions from ProLine

When it comes to money well spent, few purchases offer the return provided by installing a heat trace system.  By making a small investment, in either a roof de-icing or pipe tracing system, customers can avoid potential disasters, such as damaged roofs or broken pipes – both of which can lead to costly water damage.  ProLine offers wholesale pricing and custom design for state-of-the-art heat trace systems. With decades of experience, customers can be assured of being matched with the system that will best meet their specific needs.

As a premier wholesale provider of trusted radiant heat solutions, ProLine has been designing roof de-icing and pipe trace systems for a wide range of customers over the years. Projects range from large commercial and industrial facilities to custom residential installations. Regardless of your heat trace needs, ProLine has the products, personnel, and expertise to fulfill your needs. 

Roof De-icing

Some of the most common roof problems during the winter months are large (and falling) icicles and damage caused by ice dams. The most affordable preventive strategy to combat these challenges is to install heat trace cable. Self-regulating heat cable can be installed in “V” patterns along the roof edge to help break up ice dams and provide channels for the runoff. Running the heat tape along the roof eaves and gutters is an effective way to protect the roof, as well as the pedestrian traffic below. If you’re looking for affordable, yet effective ways to eliminate ice from trouble spots on the roof, or in gutters, ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is the ideal solution.

Heated roof edges.
A roof de-icing system installed along the roof eaves.

To completely remove snow from the roof edges, ProLine also offers an innovative low-voltage roof de-icing system. The low-voltage RoofHeat STEP® system features thin (3/64 inch), semi-conductive polymer heating panels, in a variety of widths. The heating element can be cut onsite and nailed or staple through, making installation quick and easy for any size project.

The lightweight (.23 lbs per foot) heating element is polypropylene fused during construction, so it’s protected from water, alkaline, and salt damage. This versatile roof de-icing system can be installed discreetly under various types of shake and asphalt roof shingles, as well as metal roofs. This system is typically installed along the entire roof eave to keep edges completely free of snow and ice. The heating panels are also commonly installed in roof valleys to facilitate runoff.

The low-voltage STEP heating element is also self-regulating, further adding to the efficiency of the system. When the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases, resulting in a decrease in the consumption of electricity. This prevents the element from overheating and ensures energy-efficient operation. Transformers power specific sections of the roof, “stepping down” high-voltage to low-voltage (60 volts or less), while monitoring the power output to the heating element to assure optimal performance. The heating elements are available in widths of in 3, 6, 9, or 12 inches.

ProLine roof heating system designers are skilled professionals with years of experience designing systems for all types of roof de-icing applications and clients. ProLine roof heating systems can be easily tailored to meet the customer’s specific needs – and budget. ProLine also provides free installation training for installers, as well as technical installation support. As a wholesale provider of radiant heat solutions, ProLine’s customer support services are second to none. We make the process of installing roof de-icing systems easy for contractors and building professionals.

Pipe Tracing

ProLine is also fast becoming a favorite among contractors looking for large pipe tracing solutions. For customers searching for freeze prevention, ProLine offers some of the best systems in the industry.

For years, ProLine has been providing pipe freeze protection systems for a variety of customers, especially those in the industrial and oilfield applications. ProLine’s self-regulating heat trace cable has become the favorite among commercial and industrial customers, and is the most recommended solution for protecting pipes during freezing weather. The parallel circuit cable provides one of the most trusted heat trace products available today. The cable has a service voltage of 110-120 V, 208-277 V, and carries a 10-year warranty. The heating cable approvals include: cULus, hazardous, CSA, ATEX, and IECEx.

Heat trace cable installed on pipes at industrial facility.
A pipe trace system installed.

Like the roof de-icing heat cable, the pipe trace cable is also self-regulating, so it adjusts resistance according to ambient temperatures along the length of the pipe. When the temperature rises, electrical resistance increases, thereby decreasing the energy use. The self-regulating properties enhance the cable’s efficiency and safety as it operates. Additionally, self-regulating heat cable does not burnout or overheat, even when it is touching or overlapping, further making ProLine cable an easy choice for contractors.

ProLine self-regulating heat cable is an ideal choice for commercial and industrial pipe trace applications. The systems are easy to customize and install, and are suitable for almost any type of piping. ProLine self-regulating heat cable can be installed to warm metal pipes, small plastic pipes, and even instrument tubing. Installation is as simple as running a cable along the length of the pipe to be heated.

Avoid the disaster of ruptured pipes, and keep your facility operating at peak efficiency with ProLine’s self-regulating pipe trace systems. Backed by premier components and unmatched support services, ProLine makes it easy – and affordable – for customers looking for reliable pipe and heat trace solutions.

If you have any questions, or would like to learn more about ProLine’s heat trace solutions and services, please call and speak with a radiant heat professional today, at 866-676-9276

Automated Snow Melting Solutions

Installing radiant snow melting systems offers contractors another way to increase business. Industry-leading systems, backed by unmatched customer support services offer construction professionals a hassle-free way to get in on the booming popularity of radiant heat. As home and business owners all over the country seek radiant heat solutions each year, increasing numbers of installation opportunities in available to contractors.

In keeping with its goal of being the number one provider of radiant heat solutions for contractors, ProLine combines wholesale pricing with customer-friendly services such as free installation training, technical support, and comprehensive system design. With industry-leading products and services like these, ProLine stands alone as the ideal partner for professional builders.

ProLine’s automated snow melting systems operate seamlessly to provide snow and ice removal from driveways, walkways, steps, and more. Radiant snow-melting systems consist of three components; heat cable, a snow sensor (activation device), and system controller. For concrete installations, the heat cable (also available pre-spaced in mats) is laid out and fastened to the remesh with zip ties. (Mesh-Up plastic supports are used to keep the remesh elevated so that the heat cable remains about 2-inches from the finished surface.) Concrete is then poured directly over the heating cable. ProLine’s snow melting systems can also be installed in asphalt and under pavers.

Heated paver walkway with cutaway showing heat cable and paver sand.
A heated paver walkway with cutout, showing heat cable and paver sand.

The automated system is activated by an aerial or in-ground-mount sensor and connected to a compact controller, which is usually installed on a wall in the garage. The sensor detects weather conditions, so when the temperature is below a certain point and precipitation is detected, a signal is sent to the control panel and power is then sent to the embedded heating cable.

ProLine’s rugged heat cable will then efficiently and evenly heat the surface to prevent any snow or ice from accumulating. When installing the sensor, be sure it is exposed to the elements so that it will detect falling snow. Any obstructions may prevent the sensor from detecting snow, and thereby affect the performance of the system. Most systems utilize an advanced aerial-mount sensor. This WS-2C sensor is a top choice for residential heated driveways, sidewalks, ramps, and other pavement applications.

The WS-2C has a NEMA 3R enclosure that is rated for outdoor use and features a removable front panel to access the electronics. This panel allows the sensor to be easily configured and adjusted to ensure efficient operation. The WS-5C features the same advanced technology as the WS-2C but is designed for heating multiple zones. (“Zoning” is used to heat large areas with limited power. Sections, or zones, are heated separately. The WS-5C “bounces” the power to the different sections, effectively heating the larger area without having to bring in additional power.) 

Both the WS-2C and WS-5C sensors feature a universal power supply and sensitivity control. The sensitivity control allows the sensor to be programmed for specific conditions, while the universal power supply allows the sensor to select the input voltage.

ProLine aerial-mount snow sensor
A WS-2C aerial-mount snow sensor for automated snow melting system.

Another great option for large or commercial areas is a pavement-mounted snow sensor. This industry-leading sensor also monitors conditions to provide efficient snow melting. The sensor has an advanced mounting system that accurately aligns it with the pavement surface. This rugged piece of equipment will function accurately and efficiently no matter the conditions. An automatic snow melting system from ProLine helps to ensure that any area will be clear of snow and ice during the winter months.

ProLine snow-melting systems are trusted by professional builders throughout Northern America. The systems can benefit any customer, whether residential or commercial. For residential customers, driveways and sidewalks are the most common installations. ProLine snow melting systems are easy to customize, so customers have a wide range of options. The systems can be designed to heat entire areas, small trouble spots, or two 24-inch wide tire tracks. Whatever needs a customer has, ProLine has the products and expertise to help you meet their needs.

Automated snow melting systems are especially ideal for business owners. Heating steps, sidewalks, and driveways is a great way to avoid potential injuries and costly litigation. Snow melting systems in loading docks, entryways and parking aprons can also prevent employee injuries and keep businesses running smoothly throughout the cold winter. Keeping ramps clear during the winter is essential for business owners, and automated snow melting systems provide the ideal, ‘round-the-clock solution. For other non-traditional uses, radiant heat systems are installed in airport aprons, runaway truck ramps, steps, and more. Whatever ideas your customer has, a versatile ProLine snow-melting system can fulfill their needs.

ProLine radiant heat experts are available anytime and will design each system according to the needs and budget of your customers. Power requirements, specs, and all other details are provided to assure installation goes smoothly. ProLine offers complete customer service. A professional will help you identify any challenges that may come with your installation and identify the products that will best suit each job. You will also have expert technical support during the installation process. ProLine also offers free installation training online or in person. These courses are generally completed in less than an hour, but you can take as long as you need and ask the instructors questions at any time. Call a ProLine expert today to learn more, at 866-676-9276.

Premier Pipe Trace Solutions

Keeping track of maintenance for business and industrial facilities can be difficult, especially during the busy summer months. Oftentimes, building maintenance can fall to the wayside and result in problems when the weather starts to cool down. One area that is often overlooked is the pipes. Maintaining and protecting pipes during the cold winter is important for businesses and vital for industrial facilities. Pipes can freeze and rupture, leading to water damage and expensive clean-up. Water damage is a hassle to repair and can affect business for commercial facilities. For industrial facilities, ruptured pipes impact the very survival of the company. If you’re considering the installation of a pipe trace system, then consider dealing with the experienced professionals at ProLine Radiant.

ProLine Radiant is a leading provider of pipe freeze protection systems, particularly for industrial and oilfield applications. ProLine’s self-regulating heat trace cable is the most often recommended solution for protecting pipes during brutal winter cold spells. The UL listed, parallel circuit cable is one of the most trusted heat trace products available today, and has a service voltage of 110-120 V, 208-277 V. ProLine self-regulating cable carries a 10-year warranty, and approvals include: cULus, hazardous, CSA, ATEX, IECEx.

Heat trace cable installed on pipes at industrial facility.
Pipe trace system installed at industrial facility.

Because the pipe trace cable is self-regulating, it adjusts itself according to ambient temperatures along the length of the pipe. So, when the temperature rises, electrical resistance increases, decreasing energy use. Self-regulation makes the cable energy-efficient and safe when in operation. In addition, self-regulating heat cable does not burnout or overheat, even when it is touching or overlapping, further making ProLine cable an easy choice for contractors.

ProLine offers a variety of self-regulating pipe trace cable for hazardous (Class 1 Div 2) and non-hazardous environments. The cable’s durable outer jacket protects it from abrasion and makes it resistant to watery and inorganic chemicals and other types of damage. Heat trace cable is also available with an optional outer jacket, ensuring resistance to watery and inorganic chemicals, and protecting it against abrasion and impact damage.

Self-regulating heat cable is a prudent choice for commercial and industrial businesses. Self-regulating pipe trace systems are easy to install and are suitable for almost any type of piping. The heat cable can be installed to safely warm metal pipes, small plastic pipes, or even instrument tubing. Installation is as simple as running a cable along the length of the pipe to be heated.

Pipe trace cable is available in spools of varying lengths. Affordable ProLine freeze prevention solutions can eliminate weeks of repairs and decreased revenue. During the winter months, outdoor pipes can unquestionably benefit from the added safety provided by ProLine pipe-trace systems – not to mention the added peace-of-mind they offer to facility managers.

ProLine pipe freeze protection also consists of pre-terminated, self-regulating heat trace cable. Pre-terminated heat cable provides customers with one of the most convenient pipe tracing solutions available. The cable’s power connection, splice, tee, and end seal kit (if needed) reduces installation time and requires no special skills or tools.

Single-point connection, pre-terminated heat cable can be used for a wide range of industrial applications and environments, including hazardous, nonhazardous, and corrosive environments. The flame retardant thermoplastic outer jacket protects against certain inorganic chemical solutions, abrasions, and impact damage. The self-regulating heat cable is available in a variety of lengths, and includes the option of a 6-foot standard or GFCI power plug. This convenient heat trace solution is ideal for small trouble spots that need freeze protection.

Self-regulating heat trace cable and pre-terminated cable with power plug and GFCI plug for pipe trace applications.
Self-regulating heat trace cable and pre-terminated cable with power plug and GFCI plug for pipe trace applications.

ProLine’s self-regulating pipe trace cable options offer versatile solutions, making it easy for you to provide custom solutions for any residential, commercial, or industrial customer. Whatever needs your customer has, ProLine can help you provide an efficient solution.

ProLine’s team of customer service representatives, installation trainers, and professional designers give your business everything it needs for each application. Every system is custom designed and comes with a detailed layout of the pipe tracing system. This layout includes technical information, electrical information, and other necessary details needed by your installers.

Working with ProLine also gives customers access to free, industry-leading installation training. The training courses can be completed online with an instructor via video conference, and can be scheduled at your convenience. Technical specifications and information about self-regulating pipe tracing heat cable and installation are also available online. Throughout the installation process, ProLine is available to assist with any concerns or issues that may come up. ProLine is here to help contractors increase their business with high-quality products and top-tier customer service. If you’re ready to add ProLine’s self-regulating pipe trace cable to your business offerings, reach out to a ProLine expert today at 866-676-9276

Industry Leading Radiant Heat Solutions

Technology continues to change our world on a daily basis. Some new technologies are being fine tuned to accommodate our needs while others have already established themselves as winners that have won their way into our daily lives. One such refined technology that continues to be adopted across the globe is radiant heat.

Radiant floor heating systems offer the most efficient means for heating homes today. Another popular application for radiant heat is for exterior snow melting applications. Heated driveways and roof de-icing systems are becoming commonplace now.

Installing radiant heat cable in mats
Laying out the heating cable (mats) for a heated driveway installation.

Snow Melting Systems

Maintenance Free and Fully Automated

The advanced technology and components of radiant heat make it a popular addition to new home construction projects. Radiant heated driveways are fully automated, maintenance free, versatile, and reliable. And homeowners have a variety of custom options that are available.

ProLine’s electric driveway heating systems are easily tailored to meet your customers’ specific requirements. Whether you’re faced with unique layout issues or your customer’s budget constraints, ProLine can make radiant heat a reality by working with you to custom design the system that best meets the project demands. Some typical heated driveway installations include the following configurations:

Heat the entire driveway –  Sometimes there is nothing quite like having the entire driveway surface clear and dry after a snowstorm.

Heat two tire tracks – One option to save homeowners some installation costs as well as operational costs is to design and install two 24-inch wide heated tracks. This is an especially popular solution for homeowners with long driveways and / or limited available power.

Heat an 8-foot wide strip in the middle of the driveway – Another more affordable option is to only heat the middle area, typically an 8-foot wide strip up the middle of the driveway.

Heated driveway with four heated tire tracks
Driveways with heated tire tracks.

Heat custom areas – For budget minded customers, heating only small sections of the driveway may be an option. For example, only install radiant heat in the driveway where it inclines, or is always shaded. This is especially convenient for driveways that descend to a busy road.

ProLine Radiant – Created for Professional Builders

ProLine Radiant was created to provide professional builders with affordable, premium quality radiant heat systems, backed by unprecedented customer support services. We understand what it takes for contractors to succeed in the competitive world of construction. ProLine makes the process of installing radiant heat systems easy for contractors. We take care of the legwork and details of the system design so you can focus on what you do best.

Support Services

ProLine Radiant provides FREE installation training. This is an invaluable service for contractors, and not only helps to speed up the installation process, but can help to ensure that the system is installed correctly. The training is available online via web conference, and is typically completed in less than an hour.

Even though installers receive training for their installation, sometimes unforeseen conditions can be present, and installers may have questions. That’s why ProLine has a dedicated staff of support personnel who stand ready to field any calls from installers. We’ll help you in any way we can to resolve the matter at hand.

ProLine also includes detailed system design and layout services. Installers will have the precise layout of the system as well as all of the technical and electrical information, including, the proper layout of the heating element and system components, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. ProLine layouts serve as the road map for installers and electricians.

The professional system design, training, and support services help to make it easier for contractors to offer radiant heat solutions to their customers. We are committed to standing by our customers, and assisting when and where we can. ProLine systems feature the most proven and trusted products on the market, all backed by dedicated service professionals.

For more details about radiant heated driveways, floor heating systems, roof de-icing solutions, or pipe trace systems, call a friendly radiant heat expert at ProLine today, at 866-676-9276. You won’t find a better partner for your radiant heat installations.

Heating Asphalt Driveways

Heat Cable Designed for Hot Asphalt Applications

Snow-melting systems are a popular product among construction professionals. They provide valuable benefits to customers and help professionals grow their businesses. Radiant snow-melting systems are often used in concrete and paver driveways and walkways, but some commercial and residential customers prefer other paving mediums, like asphalt.

ProLine offers specially designed products like ProLine’s heating cables for asphalt. These specially designed products give ProLine and your business a leg up over competitors. ProLine also provides top-notch customer service and training so that installing a radiant heat system for your customers is simple. No matter which ProLine product you choose, there are a few essential installation tips to ensure each system functions at maximum efficiency.

Perhaps the most important tip is this: Take advantage of ProLine’s free installation training. It is important for installers to be prepared and confident when installing a snow-melting system. A system is only as good as its installation, which is why ProLine offers comprehensive installation training and technical support. Taking advantage of these services can help installation go smoothly and ease the stress of working with new products. Training is delivered online via web conference. Knowledgeable, experienced instructors will cover all aspects of the installation and answer any questions throughout the training.

Installing radiant heat in an asphalt driveway
Installing a heated asphalt driveway.

ProLine’s technical support staff is also available to answer any questions that may come up during installation. ProLine also includes professional system design and a detailed AutoCAD for every project. AutoCAD layouts contain all the information needed for a successful installation. With the precise layout of the heating elements, proper load calculations, number of breakers, and breaker sizes, it is a vital tool for electricians. Installers should refer to it often. Avoid costly and time-consuming mistakes and ensure a system operates at peak efficiency using ProLine’s support services.

When you’re confident and ready to begin the installation, the first step is clearing the area of any debris or issues that may impede system function. Once the area is clear and you have checked that all of your components are available and functioning, it’s time to start laying out the cable. There are a few vital rules when working with ProLine’s industry-leading heating cables. First, never cut the actual cable. Cutting the cable will damage the system and prevent proper function. If you have extra cable, you can reduce the spacing slightly, or cut the tape backing and route the cable around the perimeter within the heated area. But remember, the minimum cable spacing is 2-inches. The heating cable cannot touch, cross, or overlap at all. Touching cables can lead to excessive heat and cause burnout. The heating cable also must never pass through an expansion joint. Proper installation also requires that the splice and at least 6-inches of the power lead be embedded in the paved surface.

Once the cable is laid out (and tested) it is time to install the medium on top of the cable. With a medium like asphalt, it’s vital to find a product that can withstand the heat and pressure of a hot asphalt pour. ProLine’s heating cable for asphalt is a state-of-the-art product specially designed to withstand the extreme temperatures required by asphalt applications. Asphalt heating cable is rated at 464 degrees Fahrenheit (260 degrees Celsius) for up to 10 minutes.

ProLine’s asphalt heating cable is available in mats or loose coiled in a box. Individual cable is often utilized for small or odd-shaped areas. Mats are the first choice for standard-sized areas, such as heating an entire driveway.  Popular layouts include two 24-inch wide tire tracks, an 8-foot strip in the middle of a driveway, or installing the cable is specific “problem” areas. Driveway inclines or shaded areas that collect run-off are often overlooked and benefit from a snow-melting system.

As you are shoveling the asphalt, take special care when using tools such as shovels, trowels, or rakes. Be sure to never dig straight into the asphalt with a shovel. This will damage the cable. Skimming the top layer of asphalt carefully will ensure your cable isn’t damaged, and functions appropriately. Finally, all heating cables should be embedded under at least 2-inches of asphalt.

A ProLine snow-melting system is fully-automated. The system’s snow sensor can be aerial or pavement mounted and must be mounted correctly. It may seem obvious, but make sure the sensor is mounted where it will be exposed to the weather. Without a 360-degree view of the sky, it will not detect snow. If snow is not detected, the system will not be triggered or will experience a delay.

Retrofitting an existing asphalt driveway is as easy as a new construction installation. ProLine heating cable for asphalt is simply laid out on the existing driveway and a new layer of asphalt is then applied. Retrofitting is also available for other mediums, including concrete. For more details, contact a ProLine radiant heat expert.

Installing a snow-melting system under asphalt or any other medium doesn’t have to be a concern for your business. Working with ProLine means you’ll receive superior products and outstanding customer service that keeps you and your customers happy. If you’re ready to utilize ProLine’s advanced products for your business, reach out to a customer service specialist today at 866-676-9276.