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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.

ProLine Radiant Heated Floors

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

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

Woman on warm wood floor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heated hardwood floor

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

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

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

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

ProLine Floor Heating Solutions

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

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

Heated tile floor
Tile floor with cutout showing radiant heat cable and thinset.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radiant Floor Heating Options

Wholesale Radiant Floor Heating Solutions

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

One of the products most often requested is ProLine’s floor heating cable, TileHeat. ProLine’s floor heating cable is a durable, versatile cable that can be used in many different applications, and in conjunction with other ProLine products. TileHeat cable is a cable you can trust. The UL listed single-point connection, twin-conductor cable is rated at 120 or 240 volts. This durable cable comes on spools that can be used alone for oddly shaped areas, or it can be purchased pre-spaced in mats for quicker installation. These mats come with adhesive on the mesh backing so they can be attached to the subfloor quickly and easily. ProLine’s radiant heating mats heat an area of 24 inches wide, and are very efficient. ProLine’s floor heating cable also comes with an industry leading 25-year warranty, so you can expect your floor heating system to run efficiently for a long time to come.

Heated tile floor

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

Installation of Prodeso is quick and easy. The membrane comes on rolls and is laid out across the entire subfloor. After the membrane is laid out, ProLine’s floor heating cable is embedded and secured in the pre-designated channels. After the cable is installed in the areas needed, flooring is installed over the Prodeso membrane. Installation can be completed quickly and accurately, making it a great choice for contractors. Prodeso’s versatility also allows it to be installed in both indoor and outdoor applications, as it is safe to use under any weather conditions.

If ProLine heat cable isn’t the right fit for your project, ProLine also offers a thin, innovative FilmHeat product. This floor heating system consists a of highly-effective extra thin heating element. This element adds no floor build up and provides regulated heat that is very efficient. This system is also UL approved and comes with a 10-year warranty. ProLine’s thin film heating element is one of the best options for projects with laminate and floating floors, as it is a great value, is easy to install and results in no floor buildup. ProLine’s thin film heating element is cut to the appropriate length on site and then laid out directly onto the subfloor. After the electrical connections are made the flooring is installed directly on top of the element. A special version of the thin film heating element is also available for customers looking to add radiant heat to exiting flooring. It element is stapled up between the floor joists to heat existing floors and batt insulation is attached over the element to direct all heat up to warm the floor.

RetroHeat installed to heat existing tile floor

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

Support specialists are available every step of the way to make sure that the most important parts of any radiant heat system – design and installation – are taken care of. Without a proper design, installation can be complicated and take longer than necessary. At ProLine, professional engineers will prepare a detailed design of the system that will contain all the layout and specifications needed for installation, including power requirements, proper materials, load calculation, the number of breakers and their sizes, and so on. This detailed layout is created for each radiant heat system, and assures that each system is installed properly, saving your business time and money by minimizing issues during install.

When you’re ready to start installation, ProLine also has top-notch installation training and support for contractors and professionals. Installation support from ProLine is unmatched in the industry – support is available throughout installation, and online training courses are free with an experienced instructor. ProLine professionals will work with you whenever you need help during the installation to make sure that the process is pain free and your customer is happy.

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

Heating Floors – The Right Way

Hardwood floors are an upgrade that many homeowners are eager to install in their new or existing homes. Heated flooring is the perfect on-trend upgrade to offer to your customers with their new hardwood flooring. Installing radiant heated floors under hardwood is just as simple as with any other flooring, and can give your business the edge over a competitor. At ProLine, contractors have access to industry leading heated floor systems that can add value to your business and attract new customers.

When choosing a heated floor system to pair with hardwood flooring, there are a few things to consider. While most radiant heat systems are compatible with hardwood flooring, there are a few specifics that can make pairing radiant heat and hardwood flooring easier. When advising clients about heating hardwood floors with radiant heat, be aware that certain woods such as cherry, walnut, and mesquite are better suited for radiant heat. Other good options include floating floors, engineered wood flooring, and laminates. Strip flooring is also preferable to plank when working with radiant heat, as strips will contract less than larger planks. But radiant heat from ProLine is designed for safe use under just about any type of floor.

Heated hardwood floor

ProLine has offerings for contractors looking to help customers pick the perfect system for their new flooring. ProLine’s floor heating cable, also known as TileHeat, is one of the most versatile and reliable systems available. As ProLine’s most popular floor heating solution, TileHeat is commonly installed to heat tile floors, laminates, marble, carpet, hardwood, and more. The thin, twin conductor cable features a single point connection and is insulated with Fluoropolymer, with high temperature PVC on the outside. It is rated at 120 or 240 volts and has ground fault protection (GFCI) and carries a generous 25-year manufacturer’s warranty.

The cable is available off the spool or in mats for easy “roll-out” installation. The mats feature cable that is pre-spaced and secured on a flexible mesh with an adhesive backing, so they can be easily rolled out and secured to the subflooring. Turns can be made with these mats by cutting the mesh backing, but installers must be sure to avoid cutting the heat cable. TileHeat mats are available in various lengths and heat an area 24 inches wide. The system provides a great way to add value to your business by providing an energy efficient way to heat their home.

ProLine also offers an innovative polypropylene uncoupling and waterproofing system for heating floors and other surfaces without movement or expansion joints in the screed. The membrane is simply laid out into the subfloor, and TileHeat heating cable is installed into the channels of the membrane, providing perfect spacing and protecting it from water or other damage. The Prodeso membrane also helps prevent movement or expansion of joints in the screed, making it a great installation choice for any flooring.

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

ProLine also carries thin heating panels designed especially for heating floating floors. The “film” heating element is only .016-inch thick and efficiently heats your floors without causing any floor buildup. When installing the system, the heating panels are cut to their proper length on site, and then installed on the subfloor. After the FilmHeat heating elements are secured, the electrical connections are then made and the laminate floor is installed directly over the panels. There’s no need for alarms, special tools or self-leveling compounds.

TileHeat systems consist of heating cable (or mats), and a thermostat. TileHeat heating cable has top of the line components- it is a single point connection, twin conductor cable insulated with Fluoropolymer on the inside, and high temperature PVC on the outside. It is rated at 120 or 240 volts and has ground fault protection (GFCI).  This great cable also comes with a 25-year manufacturer’s warranty to assure against any manufacturing defects. This cable is also safety approved for wet locations, making it a great choice for kitchens and bathrooms. Cable comes on large spools ready for installation. The cable itself is a great way to heat oddly shaped rooms where FoilHeat or other heating options may not be flexible enough. All adjustments can be made on site, including coverage and cable spacing.

For larger areas, TileHeat heating cable also comes in mats. These mats have TileHeat heating cable pre-spaced on an adhesive backed fiberglass mesh. This makes for quick and easy installation, mats are simply rolled out and secured to the subflooring. Turns can be made with these mats by cutting the mesh backing, but installers must be sure to avoid cutting the heat cable.  Heating mats make installation super-efficient and saves contractors time and money. TileHeat mats are available in various lengths and are 24 inches wide. TileHeat is one of industry’s most trusted and effective floor heating systems available, and features rapid response times. All these factors make TileHeat a great way to add value to your business by providing an energy efficient way to heat their home.

If installing heating cable in areas that are more likely to be wet is a concern for your business, ProLine also offers the innovative Prodeso waterproofing system. The Prodeso membrane is a waterproofing membrane that offers polypropylene uncoupling and crack isolation. This membrane is simply laid out into the subfloor, and TileHeat heating cable is installed into the channels of the membrane, protecting it from water or other damage. The Prodeso membrane also helps prevent movement or expansion of joints in the screed, making it a great installation choice for any flooring.

When offering hardwood, tile, or laminate flooring installation, offering radiant heat is a great way to add value to your business. ProLine backs up every system with industry leading customer services, so we make it easy for you. ProLine includes free installation training, professional system design and layout, and installation support. We want to make it as easy as possible for you to offer your customers radiant heat installation. If you have any questions about ProLine and its vast selection of floor heating systems, please contact a ProLine representative at 866.676.9276, or check us out online.

Expanding Business Through Radiant Heat

A new year means new opportunities to grow your business, and adding a new resource can set you apart from the competition and make 2020 your best year yet. Radiant heated floors are an innovative addition for any contractor or professional to add to their list of offered services. Not only are heated floors an efficient way to heat any home or business, but they add a level of luxury any commercial or residential consumer will enjoy.

As a leading provider of radiant heat solutions, ProLine offers one of the largest selections of radiant floor heating systems around, and that vast selection is backed by unparalleled customer support services, including professional system design, free installation training, and installation support. With its vast product selection and industry leading customer services, ProLine has earned its place among construction professionals as the trusted radiant heat leader.

Heated tile floor
Tile floor with cutout showing radiant heat cable and thinset.

As business grows increasingly more competitive, many contractors are looking for ways to grow their business. Many have enhanced their bottom line by working with ProLine to offer radiant heat installations. ProLine takes care of the legwork by providing technical support for the installer as well as free installation training. ProLine’s experienced staff of designers provides a detailed layout of the system that contains all the technical and electrical information necessary.

Heated floors are an amenity that do more than simply heat your feet. A radiant floor heating system warms from the floor up, allowing the whole room to be heated quickly and much more efficiently than a standard forced air system.

Floor heating systems can be electric or hydronic. Hydronic systems use a boiler to heat a specialized water mixture that is pumped through PEX tubing under the floor. ProLine electric systems are the more popular choice for most professionals, as they are more practical when it comes to use and flexible installation. The availability of different types of heating elements makes them easily customizable for any application. Adding to the efficiency, each room – or zone – is controlled by its own thermostat, giving users precise control of the heating system. Unlike forced air systems where hot air travels through a series of ductwork and escapes from closed vents, there is no wasted heat. Each room can be heated quickly, separately and efficiently.

Electric systems are maintenance free and require only three components: a thermostat, temperature sensor, and heating element. ProLine thermostats can also be programmed to warm the house according to your schedule. The activation device features programming capability for each day of the week, so you can wake up to warm floors and then the system will shut off when you leave for work – before turning on again shortly before you get home.

Consumers have the choice of installing an ambient (room temperature) sensor or a temperature sensor in the floor (or both). If installing heated flooring in multiple rooms, each zone can be controlled by its own thermostat, making each radiant heat system completely customizable and highly efficient.

Girl on warm floor

The heating element is often cable, which can be purchased in lengths of a spool or pre-spaced in flexible mats. Other floor heating elements include thin mats that features pre-spaced heating cable that is sandwiched between a special foil. Low-voltage floor heating panels are also available. A special, paper-thin heating element is also available that can be installed to heat existing floors. If you have access to the floor joists, the thin film heating element can be stapled up between the joists. Batt insulation in then installed to direct all the heat upward to effectively warm the floor. This is a popular and affordable means for adding heat to your existing floors. This popular and affordable option is ideal for completing remodels, as installation of the heating element only requires access to the floor joists. The system costs little and is easy to operate, making it an excellent option for any professional looking to increase profit and set themselves apart from competitors.

The heating elements are thin heating panels available for joists that have 12, 16, or 24 inch spacing, and come on large rolls for easy lay out.  The heating panels are easily cut, stapled between the floor joists, and then connected to a power source and thermostat.

The most popular and versatile option for floor heating is ProLine’s TileHeat. The thin heat cable is available in mats or stand alone cable. TileHeat floor heating mats feature dual-conducting, pre-terminated heat cable that is pre-spaced and attached to an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh. The mats heat an area 24 inches wide, are quick and simple to install and can be used with 120 or 240 volts. After they are rolled out, the mesh backing can be cut (avoid cutting the heat cable) to make turns and accommodate any layout.

TileHeat stand alone cable features the same quality cable, but can be more easily installed in small, custom shaped areas. This cable is also easy to work with, as any changes to cable spacing or coverage can be made on site. TileHeat cable comes with floor strapping to ensure all cables are secure and spaced appropriately. Both TileHeat is made from premium materials and provides top-of-the-line heating and quick response times.

These systems are just a few of the floor heating options that are available at ProLine to enhance your business in 2020. ProLine offers many heating options – all which include state-of-the-art components, backed by ProLine professional business services. Services include expert help with system design, technical support, and free installation training for contractors. We make it easy for you to offer radiant heat installations to your customers. Working with Proline assures that the most complete and efficient solutions are provided for any commercial, industrial or residential application.

Radiant Floor Heating Options

Proven Floor Heating Solutions

Did you know that ProLine Radiant offers several of the industry’s most proven and trusted radiant floor heating systems? It’s true. In addition to ProLine’s popular snow melting systems, ranging from heated driveways, ramps and sidewalks to roof and gutter heat trace solutions, ProLine carries premier quality floor heating systems.

And with the emphasis on cost savings and energy efficiency in our homes nowadays, it makes sense to explore ProLine’s floor heating offerings. Unlike many providers, ProLine Radiant offers floor heating systems from different manufacturers, so customers can be assured of finding the ideal floor heating system for their needs.

Heated tile floor

Radiant floor heat provides luxurious warmth and is extremely efficient both because of the nature of radiant heat and the ability for the system(s) to be precisely controlled. Installing a radiant heat system in your home not only can enhances cost savings and comfort, but can also significantly boost the value of your home. Radiant heated floors boast a near 100% efficiency, as there is virtually no heat loss with the systems. So it makes sense then that radiant heat is fast becoming the heating choice for new home construction.

Radiant floor heating systems consist of a heating element, a control center and an activation device (thermostat, timer, etc.). ProLine offers a variety of the industry’s most advanced thermostats with its floor heating systems. Some feature simple on/off controllers and 7-day programmable thermostats that can be controlled by an external sensor (embedded in the floor), a built-in sensor, or a combination of the two. By installing heated floors, homeowners can turn a small investment into considerable cost-savings that also increases the value of your home.

Floor Heating Options

ProLine offers several different floor heating systems, each offering its own set of unique features and benefits. The various systems utilize different types of heating elements, ranging from thin heat resistance cable to unique “foil heating mats” and low-voltage heating panels.

ProLine’s TileHeat system is the most popular and versatile floor heating system and features thin heat cable that is available on spools or mats. The mats feature cable that is pre-spaced with a flexible mesh backing for easy “roll out” installation. The heat cable itself has a diameter of only about 1/8-inch. ProLine’s TileHeat cable is twin-conductor cable with a single point connection to further simplify the installation. As one of the most trusted and commonly used floor heating solutions, ProLine’s TileHeat comes with a 25-year limited warranty, and is UL listed in the U.S. and Canada.

The heat cable can also be used with the Prodeso® floor heating membrane, an uncoupling, waterproofing membrane that is laid out over the subfloor. The membrane has channels in it where the heat cable is accurately spaced. This also simplifies and shortens the installation time. The flooring is then installed directly over the membrane and heat cable. The Prodeso membrane system with TileHeat can be used to warm a variety of floor types.

Prodeso floor heating membrane and heat cable under ceramic tile.

ProLine also offers a rugged heat cable that is designed for installation in concrete slabs. This slab heating cable provides an efficient and highly effective means for heating basement floors or any that are installed over concrete slabs. The heat cable is spaced and secured to remesh (with zip ties) and then the concrete is poured. The twin conductor, single point connection heat cable features a 10-year manufacturer warranty.

Another popular floor heating system consists of a near paper thin “film” heating element (only 0.016-inch thick) that can be cut to length on site and then floating it on top of an underlayment and floating the floor covering on top of the element. One advantage of this system is that the thin, lightweight heating element can also be stapled up between floor joists to heat existing floors. No alarms, special tools, or self-leveling compounds are needed to install this system, and because it is so thin there is no floor buildup.

FoilHeat floor heating systems feature fluoropolymer insulated heating cables sandwiched between layers of specially reinforced aluminum foil. Featuring superior design, quality construction, and energy efficient performance, FoilHeat is an excellet option for heating laminate floors. And because the heating element is quite thin, there is minimal floor buildup.

The element’s power lead is a flat, thin two-core flexible cord, consisting of two insulated conductors with a metal sheath and an outer sheath. The uniform spacing of the heating cable, backed by the conductive aluminum foil, ensures that there are no problems of “hot-spots” or localized heating. FoilHeat mats can be cut and shaped onsite; however, take care to avoid cutting the actual heating cables within the mat.

For more information about our indoor and outdoor radiant heat systems, call 866.676.9276 today.

ProLine Offers Industry Leading Self-regulating Heat Trace Cable

Self-regulating Heat Cable for Roof and Gutter Heat and Pipe Tracing  Applications

To supplement your roofing business, you may want to consider installing ProLine roof heating systems for your customers. ProLine pre-assembled (pre-terminated) self-regulating heat cable is the premier solution for quick, easy installation for roof and gutter heating and pipe trace applications. These pre-assembled plug-and-play kits come with the option of a standard power cord with or without a GFCI power plug. The termination, power connection, splice, tee, and end seal kit reduces installation time and requires no special skills or tools.

Heavy snow accumulation on roof

ProLine’s PLSRL cable is most frequently used for roofs. This cable features a flexible outer jacket and durable carbon core, providing consistent performance, long lifespan, and easy installation in cold temperatures. Other types of self-regulating heat trace cable in ProLine’s wheelhouse include:

PLSRR – This UL-listed self-regulating heat cable can be used for roof / gutter heating and pipe tracing applications. The cable features a flexible, UV stabilized thermoplastic elastomer overjacket that protects the durable carbon core for wet applications and exposure to the sun. This parallel heating cable is designed for a variety of industrial applications and environments, including explosion-hazardous and nonhazardous areas. PLSRR, and can be used for plastic or metal pipe freeze protection and temperature maintenance of pipes, tanks, valves. Includes a NON-PRORATED 10-year warranty.

PLSRP self-regulating heat cable is an industrial grade self-regulating heat cable designed for pipe trace applications. The cable features a flexible outer jacket and durable carbon core, providing consistent performance, long lifespan, and easy installation in cold temperatures.

PLSRS is an industrial grade self-regulating heat cable is designed for pipe trace applications. The cable features a flexible outer jacket and durable carbon core, providing consistent performance, long lifespan, and easy installation in cold temperatures.

PLSRM self-regulating heat cable is designed for pipe trace applications. The cable provides safe, reliable heat tracing for freeze protection or temperature maintenance of pipes, valves, flanges. PLSRM heat cable is suitable for use on small diameter plastic or metal pipes and instrument tubing in residential and light commercial applications. The cable features a flexible outer jacket and durable carbon core, providing consistent performance, long lifespan, and easy installation in cold temperatures.

Pipe tracing heat cable
Self-regulating heat cable for pipe trace applications.

ProLine roof and gutter heating cable is UL recognized under the Appliance Wire Classification (file E76498) and meets the requirements of the NEC (National Electric Code) Section 426.

Adding ProLine roof and gutter snow melting systems to your menu of services is a logical, easy way to generate additional business with your existing customers.

Learn more about ProLine Radiant’s professional design/layout services and installation support, as well as ProLine’s free installation training by calling a ProLine radiant heat expert today at 866.676.9276.


ProLine Radiant Floor Heating Solutions

A Wide Variety of Trusted Products

The cooling temperatures are a great incentive to continue to grow your business by installing ProLine radiant heated floors. Loyalty and word of mouth can drive your business, and ProLine products will give you just the reputation you need to continue to build on yours. ProLine floor heating systems are compatible with all standard sub-flooring materials, and offer the premium performance you’d expect from an industry leader. Installation is easy, and once complete, the systems deliver comfortable, even floor heat. And good performance is good for business. (ProLine also offers free installation training.)

Each radiant floor heating job you take on is as unique as the customers you serve. Available on spools or pre-spaced on an adhesive-backed fiberglass mesh, ProLine cable is flexible to meet these demands. Either product can be rolled and cut on site for quick installation, allowing you to tackle challenging, custom-shaped floor-heating projects for your customers with ease.

ProLine floor heating cable can be fitted under just about any flooring surface, and all adjustments of cable spacing (and coverage) can be made onsite. ProLine twin conductor design is matched with premium materials designed to withstand the harshest conditions. It also includes built in ground fault (GFCI) protection and emits no measurable electromagnetic fields (EMF).

ProLine systems also come with a GFCI protected thermostat and strapping to secure and properly space the heating cable. To simplify installation and final hookup, the cable is harnessed with a single lead. And all ProLine cable is UL/CSA approved and is covered by a 10-year manufacturer warranty.

ProLine floor heating mats are simply pre-configured ProLine cable that is pre-spaced in mats for easy installation. They’re compatible with all standard sub-flooring materials, and can be installed directly under tile, natural stone and a variety of hard surfaces. Their low 3/16-inch (3 mm) profile makes these mats great for renovations. They’re also pre-terminated for use with 120V and 240V, and available in various lengths (heating a width of 24-inches).

ProLine thermostats are specifically designed to control electric radiant floor heating systems for maximum comfort and minimum energy consumption. Like spool cable and flooring mats, ProLine thermostats include a Class A GFCI. During conditions that trigger a snow event, an external sensor communicates with the thermostat to turn the cables on or off. Or the thermostat can be configured for control of the floor temperature and regulator without a sensor. The thermostat and GFCI are dual voltage models suitable for 120/240V, 50/60Hz power supplies.

Flexibility and convenience are the hallmark of the ProLine product line. These systems are also matched by outstanding customer support and education available online, and over the phone. ProLine floor heating systems include.

TileHeat – ProLine TileHeat is designed to effectively warm ceramic tile floors. The thin heating cable minimizes floor buildup and is available on spools or pre-spaced in mats for easy “roll out” installation. This system is also effective in heating most other types of floor surfaces.

Installing floor heating cable mats
Radiant floor heating mats being installed to warm a basement floor.

Slab/Storage Heat – The Storage Heat cable is designed for installation in concrete slabs, where it efficiently distributes and stores heat. The cable has a slightly larger diameter than other ProLine floor heating cables, allowing it to be lower in cost and higher in heat output. The cable is installed in the concrete slab below the flooring materials and is most often used in new construction where overall material cost is a primary concern.

FoilHeat – FoilHeat is an ultra thin electric radiant floor heating system designed primarily for use under laminate, engineered wood, glued hardwood and other floating floors. The system is made with fluoropolymer insulated heating cables that are sandwiched between two layers of specially reinforced aluminum foil. FoilHeat mats can be cut and shaped on site to meet the specific requirements of the project.

Call ProLine to learn more about our products and installation support, free training, and professional design and layout services. Call ProLine today at (866.676.9276).

Comparing Radiant Heat Technologies

Hydronic and Electric Radiant Heat

There are two general radiant heat technologies: electric and hydronic. Both hydronic and electric snowmelt systems are effective and highly efficient radiant heat solutions that can be used for indoor and outdoor applications. ProLine offers both types of radiant heat technologies.

Hydronic systems work by using a water heater (boiler) to heat a mixture of water and propylene glycol (anti-freeze) which is then circulated through a network of polymer pex tubing by a series of pumps. (Hydronic radiant heat systems require a “mechanical room” to house the water heater (boiler) as well as a series of pumps and valves.) The closed loop of flexible PEX tubing can be embedded in most mediums, including concrete, asphalt, and brick pavers, etc.

Heated driveway

ProLine Radiant’s hydronic systems feature efficient condensing boilers with an Energy Star Rating as well as industry leading pumps, valves and tubing. Because the condensing boiler (water heater) can be powered by any energy source, including natural gas, electricity, oil, wood, or even solar collectors, the operating costs of a large hydronic system can be lower than its electric counterpart.

However, the installation costs of an electric radiant heat system are considerably lower because the process is much less complicated – and there is no need for a dedicated “mechanical room”. ProLine electric snowmelt systems can also be installed in hot asphalt, as well as in concrete, mortar beds, and paver applications.

Electric radiant snow melting systems feature rapid response times and are extremely efficient. Another advantage of electric systems is that they have no moving parts and are maintenance free. The only evidence of having an electric snowmelt system installed is the snow sensor, marker plate, and a small control unit, which is usually installed on a wall in the garage.

In addition to easier, more affordable installations, ProLine electric snow melting systems are also very easy to customize. These systems can easily be configured to meet the budget and snowmelt needs of a business or homeowner. Entire areas can be heated as well as narrow strips or tire tracks. ProLine’s experienced designers can design a radiant heat system to meet your specific needs.

Both systems are fully automated and use an activation device (in-pavement or aerial-mount snow sensor) to activate the system when needed. When temperatures dip below a set point (usually 39°F) and precipitation is detected, the sensor signals the master control unit. The controller then sends power to the embedded heating element to warm the area.

ProLine Radiant also includes professional design/layout services and installation support with each system. And installers can also take advantage of ProLine’s free installation training. Contact a ProLine representative today to learn more about your radiant heating options.


FoilHeat Floor Heating Systems

Heating Carpet and Other Flooring

ProLine’s FoilHeat floor heating systems have proven to be an ideal solution for heating carpeted and laminate flooring. Featuring a durable heat-conducting aluminum material construction, FoilHeat radiant heating mats distribute heat quickly and evenly. Virtually no energy is wasted, making FoilHeat a great alternative to baseboard and forced air, or other conventional heating systems

Featuring a durable heat-conducting aluminum material construction, FoilHeat radiant heating mats distribute heat quickly and evenly. Virtually no energy is wasted, making FoilHeat a great alternative to baseboard and forced air, or other conventional heating systems.

FoilHeat radiant floor heating system
FoilHeat heating element installed under basement floor.

Floors that rest on concrete slabs can be especially cold during the winter months. And regardless of much you turn up the thermostat, it seems that little can be done to remedy the condition of cold floors and feet. Warm air being blown through vents quickly rises to the ceiling, and is not an efficient heating method. Unlike forced air systems, radiant floor heating is an extremely efficient means of warming homes and offices.

One of the most efficient radiant heating systems is the ProLine FoilHeat radiant floor heating mat. The FoilHeat cut-and-turn floor heating mat is a unique electric radiant floor heating system that is designed for use under carpet, laminate, engineered wood and other floating floors. The thin floor heating mats can be cut and shaped on site to meet the specific requirements of the project. The efficient floor heating system is ideal for heating any size or shape room, from basements to bedrooms, offices, etc.

The efficient FoilHeat system is made with fluoropolymer insulated heating cables that are sandwiched between two layers of specially reinforced aluminum foil. The uniform spacing of the heating elements, further backed by the aluminum foil, ensures even heat distribution. The heating element is connected to a power-supply cable, which exits the laminate mat from one corner. The power lead is a flat thin two core flexible cord, consisting of two insulated conductors with a metal sheath and an outer sheath. Depending on your heating requirement, FoilHeat is available in nominal heat outputs of 80 W/m² and 140 W/m² at 230 V. It is available in predetermined lengths with cold tail – prefabricated and tested in a carefully controlled factory environment.

Features and Benefits

  • Easy “roll out” installation
  • Installs between the insulation pad and the floor
  • Virtually no floor buildup with grounded flat aluminum. No thin-set is required.
  • Completely grounded and safe.
  • Aluminum construction distributes heat quickly and evenly.
  • Watertight, even to steam-clean carpets.
  • 12W/sq. ft. or 41 BTUs/sq. ft.
  • UL-approved
  • 5-year manufacturer warranty

For more information about ProLine Radiant and its products and services, call 866.676.9276 today.