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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 Advantages of Selling ProLine Radiant Heat and Snow Melting Systems

If the steady snowfall we’ve experienced this season is any indication of future winter events, it’s a great time to offer radiant heat solutions to your customers. Radiant heat is a growing trend among home and business owners for top-down heating and snow removal solutions. Efficient, environmentally friendly and very versatile, ProLine residential and commercial radiant heat systems offer you the chance to expand your offerings and win repeat business.

What makes this trend in heating so attractive to home and business owners alike? As you might expect, radiant heat works exactly as it sounds—it radiates through surfaces (think sidewalks, driveways and wood floors) to warm a specific area of a residence or commercial property quickly and efficiently. ProLine offers several choices for radiant heat systems; the two most common being:

  • Electric radiant heat—uses electric heat cable configured beneath a floor or driveway to warm it up
  • Hydronic radiant heat—relies on hot water delivered through a network of pipes underneath an indoor or outdoor surface to heat it

ProLine radiant heat solutions are designed to deliver consistent, even heat and can be easily configured according to client-specific preferences. Indoors, radiant heat generates a feeling comparable to the warm, enveloping heat of a stove or fireplace. These systems depend largely on heat transfer from one object to another, eliminating the draftiness and duct loss associated with traditional forced air, making them much more efficient.

A switch from forced air to radiant heat also improves air quality within a home, eliminating the constant blowing and belching of air ridden with dirt, dust and allergens that can compromise indoor environments. These clean systems are also very green options in more ways than one. Thermostats can be programmed heat to heat an entire home, or timed to heat specific areas, from kitchen, to living room and bedroom, conserving energy for pennies on the dollar. They’re also flexible enough to install under a variety of surfaces, including wood, laminate, tile and carpet.

Heated pavers outdoor mall

Of course this same science works wonders outside to keep snow and ice away from residences and commercial properties. ProLine offers several easily-configurable options, from electric cable right off the spool, to preconfigured mats or RauPanels (hydronic systems), depending on client preferences and overall needs. Electric cable, for example, is great for smaller, hard to reach or unusually shaped areas, while the demands of a larger commercial footprint may be better served with hydronics because of the possibility of lower operating costs. Either way, these applications mitigate risk by keeping pavement clear and dry, before snow and ice can accumulate. And they’re equally effective under brick pavers and stone as well as concrete and asphalt pours or overlays.

Fortunately, whatever client demands come your way, ProLine offers radiant heat professionals on-demand installation services, and an extensive inventory of products to match every job. We can walk you through a project from conception to completion. When you do business with ProLine, you’ll appreciate not only access to the pros, but free installation training and our vast library of materials, including articles and schematics to help you along the way. To learn more about ProLine products and services, including how to become a preferred ProLine professional, please contact us at 1-866-676-9276.