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The Best Roof De-icing Systems

Finding unique, effective solutions for hazardous winter problems can be tough for contractors. From falling icicles and frost erosion to heavy snow and ice damaging property, home and business owners can be inundated with problems throughout the winter. One of the more costly concerns that many home and business owners may overlook is the ice dam.

An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms along roof eaves. These dams form when heat that has escaped from the home into the attic melts snow on the roof. The bottom layer melts, and runoff trickles down the roof where it reaches the colder eaves and refreezes. Over time more runoff reaches the dam. The water pools behind the ice ridge where it can seep into tiny cracks or imperfections in the roof. When the water refreezes at night, the expanding ice can eventually damage the shingles and roof. Over time, water may find its way into the house, leading to additional costly problems, such as mold and mildew inside the home.

Roof with heated valley and edges
A roof with heated valleys and edges.

For contractors looking to offer safety and value to their customers, roof de-icing is an invaluable option. Roof de-icing systems can prevent snow and ice from forming on problem spots on the roof, as well as facilitate runoff by protecting gutters and downspouts.

At ProLine Radiant, there are multiple industry-leading options available for clients. The most often recommended is the top-of-the-line  ProLine RoofHeat STEP low-voltage roof de-icing system. This uniquely constructed system consists of a thin (3/64 inch), semi-conductive polymer heating element that is sold in easy to work with rolls, available in widths of in 3, 6, 9, or 12 inches. The elements can be cut on site and nailed or staple through, making installation quick and easy for any size project.

Low-voltage heating element

ProLine’s lightweight (.23 lbs per foot) low-voltage heating element is polypropylene fused so that it is protected from water, alkaline, and salt damage, and can be installed discreetly under various types of roof shingles as well as metal roofs. The low-voltage heating element is also self-regulating, so when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases. This prevents the element from overheating and ensures energy-efficient operation. Each transformer powers a specific section of the roof, and “steps down” high-voltage to low-voltage (60 volts or less), and monitors the power output to the heating element, assuring optimal performance.

ProLine recommends the STEP Touch thermostat as the activation device for the low-voltage system. This advanced thermostat is designed with a user friendly interface, and is compatible with smart home systems. It also stores all settings in a permanent memory for instant recovery in the event of a power failure. The roof de-icing system can be easily customized to meet the customer’s specific roof heating needs.  ProLine’s roof de-icing experts evaluate each project and recommend the appropriate components and system configuration for every customer.

The versatile low-voltage de-icing system can be installed under shake and asphalt shingles, and is even safe for heating metal roofing. Installing the heating panels along roof eaves is the ideal way to prevent ice dams, but the system can also be used to heat roof valleys and problem areas. The 3-inch heating element can be installed in downspouts and gutters to prevent heavy, potentially damaging ice buildup. The low-voltage system can even be installed to heat entire sections of roofing if necessary.

ProLine system designers are experts at evaluating and design systems for maximum efficiency. The systems can be tailored to different areas on a roof to eliminate potential problems where water damage may occur. Roof de-icing can also enhance safety for pedestrian traffic by eliminating dripping icicles. This is especially crucial for businesses looking to ensure their customers’ safety by eliminating falling snow and icicles to keep sidewalks, parking areas, and shipping docks free of ice.

ProLine’s low-voltage de-icing system is the do-it-all product that any contractor or business needs to make sure customers are prepared for winter. Along with durable construction and proven performance, the system is ETL (NTRL) listed and has a 10 year warranty against any manufacturing defects.

Another excellent option for those looking to heat downspouts or gutters is ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable. This cable is durable, extremely effective, and provides an affordable option for specific de-icing needs. The heat cable features an irradiated conductive core that will increase the heat output as the temperature drops. The cable’s exterior is rugged, and features a flexible UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer overjacket that will protect the core from water and sun exposure. ProLine’s cable is UL recognized and meets the requirements for NEC section 426. It is available in 110-120 V or 208-277 V, and comes with a 10-year warranty against manufacturer defects. It can be activated manually or automatically by an aerial-mount sensor. The sensor detects the temperature and precipitation and activates the system when necessary, allowing for customer comfort, knowing the system will be energy efficient.

Self-regulating roof heating cable

ProLine’s heat cable is a more cost effective option, making it ideal for those on a budget, and can be used to prevent ice dams with installation along the roof eaves in a zigzag pattern using roof clips. When installing it is important that the height of the installed cables extends across the entire area of the eave overhang , and to allow an extra 5 inches for roofs with gutters and an extra 2 inches for roofs without gutters. This configuration will create runoff channels that prevent the ice dams from forming. Routing cable through gutters and downspouts is also an affordable way to prevent damage from the weight of falling snow and heavy ice, and help ensure proper drainage. For those in industrial or similar businesses, ProLine’s heat cable is also the preferred choice for pipe tracing, and comes in a variety of specifications for hazardous and non-hazardous applications.

For even more convenience, ProLine’s de-icing systems can be combined to create a completely custom solution for any customer. ProLine design experts are available to help determine which products are best for each project. Each element of every project will be considered. Installation training is also available for installers, and ProLine’s support staff is available to answer any questions during the installation to assure that not only is the best de-icing solution used, but it is installed properly and performing as expected.

If you would like more details about industry-leading roof de-icing systems for your business, reach out to ProLine today at 866-676-9276.

The Leading Roof De-icing Solution

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

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

Low-voltage roof heating system being installed

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

About the System

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

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

ProLine’s lightweight panels are easy to install and can be cut to size on the job site. During installation, the heating element can also be nailed or stapled through, making installation quicker and easier than other traditional roof heating systems. (However, be sure to avoid nailing through the bus braids.) The roof heating system is self-regulating, so when the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases, preventing the element from overheating and ensuring energy-efficient operation.

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

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

Low-voltage heating element

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

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

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

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

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

Trusted Roof Deicing Solutions from ProLine

Winter is one of the most beautiful times of year, but heavy snow can be another time-consuming chore added to homeowners’ already lengthy list. Not only does heavy snow block driveways and walkways, but ice dams and snow buildup can be hazardous and lead to problems inside and outside of the home. A damaged roof can result in water damage, as well as mold and mildew growth inside the home.

ProLine Radiant offers efficient, easy-to-install solutions to keep residential and commercial roofs clear and safe this cold winter season. Whether you’re looking to heat the whole roof, roof edges, problem areas, or just the valleys or gutters, the versatile systems offered by ProLine are hassle free and a great investment in convenience and safety. ProLine Radiant’s most trusted roof deicing systems are self-regulated, ensuring that no overheating occurs and that each deicing system is energy efficient. ProLine roof deicing systems can be easily customized for any application, as they can be installed on new construction applications as well as remodeling projects.

Roof deicing system installed to heat roof edges.

ProLine’s low-voltage deicing system is a great option for keeping roofs snow and ice free. They can be installed under almost any roofing material, including shingles and metal. These efficient systems consist of a power unit, a heating element, and a thermostat / activation device. The heating element consists of a thin, low-voltage polymer heating panel that can be cut on site and then stapled or nailed directly to the roof for quick and easy installation. This industry leading element is also polypropylene fused to ensure it is waterproof and protected from salt and alkaline damage.

The power units for this system are transformers that use low-voltage (60v or less) power to heat individual sections. Individual control boxes monitor power output to the heating elements to ensure safe, optimum performance from your low-voltage deicing system. The final piece of the system is an activation device that uses a remote sensor to detect temperature and activate the system when it is needed. For the low-voltage roof heating system, ProLine recommends the state of the art STEP Touch Thermostat. This aesthetically pleasing unit features a user-friendly LED display with easy-to-use functions to control the system. The thermostat is battery free and stores your settings in memory in case of a power outage. The STEP low-voltage system is a thoughtfully designed system to consider when choosing a radiant heated roof deicing system for your home, but it isn’t the only one available at ProLine.

ProLine offers a variety of self-regulating heat trace cable for roof deicing as well as pipe tracing applications. PLSRL and PLSRR cables offer home and business owners a proven and affordable roof deicing solution. The cables are highly versatile, and can be installed on roofs in trouble spots such as valleys, along roof eaves, in downspouts and gutters, as well as for use in pipe tracing applications. The cables consist of 16 AWG nickel-plated copper bus wire gauge surrounded by a heavy-duty outer layer of Fluoropolymer, thermoplastic, or tinned copper braid (depending on the customer’s choice) to protect it from the harsh elements.

Self-regulating heat cable

The advanced self-regulating core allows the heat output to fall and rise, depending on the temperature changes. Built for durability and ease of use, ProLine’s roof heating options are among the industry’s best. The heat trace cable meets NEC code 426 and is UL recognized, making it reliable, safe, and economical. ProLine Radiant’s self-regulating heat trace cable is an excellent and affordable option for small or large applications, and can help protect homes from potentially costly ice dams and dangerous icicles.

Self-regulating roof heating cable

Roof deicing systems from ProLine can also be easily customized to meet your customer’s specific project needs. While both the low-voltage and the self-regulating heat trace cable are popular roof heating solutions, the two can be combined to create the perfect system for residential or commercial applications. Whatever the demands may be, a ProLine professional can help you create the perfect customized solution for your project.

Unlike other wholesale providers, ProLine includes unparalleled professional customer and design services, including free installation training and technical support. For more information on roof deicing or other ProLine products, or to sign up for free training, contact a ProLine professional today at 866.676.9276.

Heat Trace Systems for Roofs

Heating Gutters and Downspouts with ProLine Self-regulating Heat Trace Cable

Homeowners often discover problems with roof and gutter ice after the first storm or two during the early weeks of winter. With summertime in the distant past, the roof is no longer out of sight and out of mind. Old Man Winter has arrived, and roofs and gutters are feeling the effects.

ProLine Radiant’s self-regulating heat trace cable is the ideal solution for heating gutters and downspouts. The cable is specifically designed for roof and gutter deicing applications. While ProLine offers a variety of commercial and industrial roof deicing and pipe trace heat cable, the SRL cable is the cable of choice for roof heating and gutter trace applications. The cable features a flexible outer jacket and durable carbon core, providing consistent performance, long lifespan, and easy installation in cold temperatures.

Heat trace cable installed in large gutter for commercial roof deicing.
Heat trace cable installed in large commercial application.

The heat cable can be installed to heat roof edges and eliminate ice dams by providing channels for runoff. Most commonly, the cable is routed through gutters and downspouts to reduce heavy ice buildup that can lead to water damage, frost erosion and dangerous falling ice.

Self-regulating roof and gutter heat trace cable is an affordable solution for preventing ice and snow from building up in roof gutters and downspouts. Plus, the systems are maintenance free and energy efficient. The durable UL listed cable meets the requirements of the NEC (National Electric Code) Section 426, and can be used to heat roof valleys and edges in addition to gutters and downspouts.

The self regulating feature of the cable means that the irradiated conductive core increases the heat output as the outside temperature falls and decreases the heat output as the temperature rises. Thus, it “self regulates”. This effective and proven construction makes the cable tough, safe, and energy efficient.

Roof heat trace systems are also fully automated, so they’re easy to use. The systems feature ProLine’s trusted heat cable and a controller/activation device that automatically initiates power to the system.

The WS-8C aerial-mount activation device (precipitation sensor) is the premier roof deicing controller. This advanced sensor is designed primarily for gutter, downspout, and roof ice melting and small satellite antenna deicing.

Aerial mount snow sensor with remote sensor head.
A WS-8C snow sensor with remote sensor head for roof deicing systems.

The sealed low-voltage rain/snow controller features a separate remote mount precipitation sensor with a 10-foot cord for remote placement. This allows the small sensor head to be placed in a gutter, downspout, or at the end of an antenna boom while the control unit itself is placed in a more convenient or protected position.

ProLine’s industry leading heat trace systems provide an affordable solution for heating gutters, downspouts and roof edges. Once the system is installed the owner seldom has to think about it again. Fully automated and maintenance free, roof heat trace systems provide a clean, hassle free solution for winter snow and ice.

ProLine roof heating and gutter trace systems have been installed throughout most cold regions around the country, and are still operating today. Chances are, we can recommend an experienced installer in your area.

And don’t forget to sign up for our free installation training. Call 866.676.9276 today to set up a time that is convenient for you. Training can be completed in less than an hour and can be done at our offices or online, via WebEx.

For more information about ProLine roof deicing, snow melting, or floor heating systems, contact a radiant heat expert today at 866.676.9276.

Caring for Your Roof

Keeping Roofs Safe Throughout the Year

Business and homeowners can never be too careful when it comes to maintaining their roofs. After all, this is where most weather related issues begin or end. So, it makes sense to inspect the roof at least twice a year and check for potential problems. Broken shingles or damaged flashing roof can result in expensive water damage down the road, so it’s vital to catch these problems before any damage can be done. For this reason, the National Roofing Contractors Association (NRCA) recommends that homeowners inspect their roof every spring and fall. Also check the roof after any major hail or wind storm. Regardless of a roof’s age, severe hail storms can cause serious damage.

When it comes to roof care, here are some important factors to keep in mind:

  • Multiple-layer roofs (shingles laid over shingles) will have a shorter lifespan.
  • An unventilated or poorly ventilated attic reduces roof lifespan.
  • Tree branches rubbing on a roof or the accumulation of leaf debris on a roof can shorten the life of roof shingles.
  • Severe weather such as hot summers and harsh winters can affect your roof. Weather fronts that introduce dramatic temperature swings within a 24-hour period can also shorten lifespan because of the rapid expansion and contraction of the roof materials.

What’s the Best Way to Heat a Roof?

ProLine Radiant offers several options when it comes to heating your roof. Each system can be easily customized to meet the specific snow removal demands and budget needs.

Roof with heated valley and edges
A roof with heated valleys and edges.

One of the most popular systems for heating roof edges is the RoofHeat low-voltage system. This system features thin, low-voltage heating element that is installed directly under the roof shingle. (The system is also safe to install under metal roofs.)

The semi-conductive polyethylene heating element comes in 12-inch wide rolls and can even be nailed or stapled through and cut on site. Other widths are available for heating gutters and downspouts. The heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage.

Heating Gutters and Downspouts

Self-regulating heat trace cable is the ideal solution for heating gutters and downspouts. The heat cable can be effectively used to heat roof edges and provide a channel for runoff, as well as routed through gutters and downspouts to help prevent costly ice and water damage, frost erosion and dangerous falling ice.

The self-regulating roof and gutter heat trace cable is effective and energy efficient. The durable UL listed cable meets the requirements of the NEC (National Electric Code) Section 426. Self-regulating cable features an irradiated conductive core that increases the heat output as the outside temperature falls and decreases the heat output as the temperature rises. This proven construction makes it tough, safe, and very energy efficient.

Most residential automated self-regulating heat trace systems consist of the heating element and a thermostat or snow sensor (activation device). Larger systems may require another contactor, depending upon the power requirements. Heat trace systems rely on the thermostat to signal the controller and activate the system to keep the gutters and downspouts clear of ice.

ProLine roof deicing systems are fully automated and maintenance free. Our roof heating systems have been installed throughout most cold regions around the country and are still the most effective and discreet for roof deicing and gutter trace applications.

Roof heating systems are easily customized to accommodate just about any roof type and configuration. ProLine self-regulating roof and gutter heat trace cable may also be combined with other recommended roof heating systems, such as the RoofHeat low-voltage deicing system to create an optimal solution for you. We’ll work with you to create a customized system to best accommodate your specific snow melting needs as well as your budget. For more information, call 866.676.9276 today.

ProLine Pipe Trace Solutions

Industry Leading Pipe Trace Cable and System Design

ProLine Radiant is a trusted, leading provider of pipe trace solutions. Having designed systems that have been installed in large refineries and commercial facilities, as well as custom residential applications, ProLine’s expertise is a valuable asset to professional builders seeking to provide reliable pipe trace solutions.

ProLine heat trace cable is designed for pipe freeze prevention as well as process temperature maintenance installations on either plastic or metal pipes, valves and tanks. The self-regulating heat cable is approved for hazardous and non-hazardous applications. The ease of installation and reliable performance have made ProLine pipe trace systems a popular choice for industrial and commercial applications.

The self-regulating characteristics of the heat cable means that it automatically varies its power output in response to pipe temperature changes. When the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases and the consumption of electricity decreases. This ensures energy-efficient operation. The cable will also not overheat or burnout – even when touching or overlapping.

Pipe tracing heat cable
Illustration and photo of self-regulating heat cable for pipe trace applications.

Because of the cable’s self-regulating properties, a thermostat may not be necessary in some applications. With the optional outer jacket, the heating cable is resistant to watery and inorganic chemicals and protected against abrasion and impact damage. The versatile pipe trace cable is suitable for use in explosion-hazardous areas up to a maximally admissible work-place temperature of +149°F (65°C).

Heat Cable Features Include:

Energy Efficient Operation (Self-regulating Cable) – The self-regulating cable automatically varies its power output in response to the pipe temperature changes, resulting in energy efficient operation. When the ambient temperature rises, the electrical resistance of the cable increases, resulting in a decrease of electricity consumption.

Maintenance Free – ProLine pipe trace systems are virtually maintenance free.

Low Cost – Electric pipe tracing systems are more reliable and less costly to install and maintain than steam tracing systems.

Safe / Durable – The cable will not overheat or burn out, even if/when it is touching or overlapping.

Versatile – The cable is approved for use in non-hazardous, hazardous and corrosive environments. The design of the cable allows it to be used for plastic or metal pipe freeze protection as well as flow maintenance of pipes, tanks, and valves.

Easy Installation – The cable can be cut to any length required on site (up to maximum circuit length) so there’s no wasted cable. And the termination, power connection, splice, tee, and end seal kit reduces installation time and requires no special skills or tools.

ProLine Heat Cable Options Include:

Tinned Copper Braid – Provides additional mechanical protection and a positive ground path.

Flame Retardant Outer Jacket – Protects against certain inorganic chemical solutions, abrasion and impact damage.

High Temperature Fluoropolymer Outer Jacket – Used in applications where there may be exposure to organic or corrosive solutions, or vapors may be present.

Industry Leading Roof Deicing Systems

ProLine is a Trusted Provider of Roof Deicing and Gutter Trace Solutions

ProLine offers roof deicing systems and heat cable for all types of roof heating and gutter trace applications, including new construction, remodeling and existing roofs. ProLine radiant heat experts can design a roof heating system for virtually any type of roof.

ProLine Radiant’s low-voltage roof heating system has become the preferred solution for many professional roofers. These proven electric deicing systems can be discreetly installed under shingles as well as metal roofs to provide energy-efficient, maintenance-free roof heating.

Commercial gutter trace system installed.
Heat trace cable installed in gutter for large commercial roof heating application.

One of the most popular and affordable ways to protect roof edges and gutters is by installing ProLine self-regulating heat cable. This premier heat cable is installed to keep gutters and downspouts free of ice and facilitate runoff, helping to prevent any potential problems from heavy snow and ice buildup. Roof gutter trace systems are professionally designed by the experts at ProLine Radiant. ProLine also includes installation support for installers. So if your installer has any questions during the installation process, a radiant heat expert from ProLine will be on hand to assist with any issues. This helps to ensure that the system is installed correctly and that the customer is happy.

ProLine prides itself on not only offering superior products, but by offering unparalleled customer services, which include system design and technical support. ProLine also offers free installation training services as well, awarding installers with a certificate upon successfully completing the course. Installers who have completed the installation course(s) can then be referred by ProLine if a customer in their area is in need of a radiant heat installation.

ProLine gutter melt and roof heating systems are fully automated, but “plug-and-play” manually operated gutter melt systems are also available. However, it is highly recommended to utilize the automatic sensor and controller for a roof deicing system. These fully automated systems are much more efficient and operate only when needed. The snow sensor activates the system only when it detects precipitation and the temperature is below a set point (usually 39°F).

ProLine roof heating systems have been installed in cold regions throughout the country and are still the most effective and discreet solution for roof deicing and gutter melt. Contact ProLine today to learn more about your roof heating and gutter trace options at 866.676.9276.

ProLine’s Advanced Roof Deicing Solution

Low-Voltage, Self-Regulating Roof Heating Systems

As we emerge from another brutal winter, we see a wake of water damaged structures and compromised roofs. Heavy snowfall in the Northeastern United States was responsible for countless numbers of damaged roofs as well as personal injuries. With future winters predicted to continue to produce extreme snowfall, many of those who are repairing their roofs now are looking to install a roof deicing system. Even those who escaped this winter unscathed are exploring their roof heating options in an attempt to protect their roofs from future storms.

ProLine Radiant offers one of the most advanced roof heating solutions that has quickly become a favorite among professional roofers. ProLine’s low-voltage roof heating system has proven to be an ideal solution for keeping roof valleys and edges clear of ice and snow, preventing costly ice dams from forming.

Low-voltage roof deicing system being installed

Roof edges and eaves do not have any heat warming the roof from below, so they’re much colder and prone to ice buildup from snow melting higher on the roof. As heat escapes from the attic and melts snow high on the roof, the water runs down and refreezes when it reaches the colder eaves, creating an ice dam that forces more water to pool up behind it. With nowhere to go, the water eventually seeps through the decking during the day and refreezes again at night, expanding small cracks. The water gradually works its way down onto ceilings and walls, resulting in costly water damage and mold.

Unlike other radiant heating options, the heating element for ProLine’s low-voltage system features a thin self-regulating, semi-conductive polymer heating element. This flexible heating element is polypropylene fused during fabrication to achieve water proofing and protection from alkaline or salt damage, and can be mounted discreetly under the shingles to provide roof heating to roof valleys, edges and trouble spots.

Because the polymer heating element can be nailed/stapled and cut on site, it’s easy to work with and install. This speeds up the installation time and reduces costs.

Low-voltage heating element
Low-voltage polymer roof heating element.

These fully automated roof heating systems feature an activation device/snow sensor that detects precipitation and temperature. When conditions warrant, the sensor signals the controller when then sends power to the heating element to heat your roof.

Installing a ProLine roof deicing system can preserve and protect a new roof installation from snow and ice buildup for years to come. Besides saving consumers money, ProLine’s self-regulating, low-voltage roof deicing systems can save homeowners the time and effort of having to manually remove snow and ice.

ProLine Radiant also includes professional design/layout services and installation support with each roof heating system. Installers can also take advantage of ProLine’s free installation training. Contact a ProLine representative today to learn more about your radiant heating options (866.676.9276).

Self-Regulating Heat Cable – A Proven Winner

Industry Leading Gutter Melt Systems Feature ProLine’s Self-Regulating Heat Cable

Heavy snow and ice results in costly roof and gutter damage every year. Keeping gutters and downspouts clear of ice helps to facilitate runoff and protect roofs, which dramatically reduces the chance of water damage to homes and businesses.

Ice dams are the most costly and common problems associated with roof and water damage. Heat rises from the house and into the attic, warming the roof. This causes the bottom layer of snow to melt and trickle down towards the roof’s edge. Because the eaves hang over the house, there is no warmth, causing the water to refreeze and form an ice dam near the roof’s edge. When additional snow up higher on the roof melts, the water trickles down and begins to pool up behind the newly formed ice. Soon, a considerable pool of water has formed.

Self-regulating heat cable
Self-regulating gutter trace and roof heat cable.

This water repeats the freezing and thawing process, which can ultimately damage the roof. Water seeps into small cracks and then expands when it refreezes at night. Eventually the integrity of the roof is compromised and water can find its way into the house. This ultimately can lead to costly water damage and even mold and mildew growth.

Placing self-regulating heat cable along the roof’s edge and in trouble spots can eliminate this problem. ProLine heat cable is also the ideal solution for keeping gutters and downspouts free of snow and ice, facilitating runoff.

ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is among the best in its class. When compared to other leading brands, ProLine cable is more flexible and can be installed in lower temperatures. When other heat cable is bent at a radius of 2 inches, the outer jacket tends to pucker and pull away from the cable core. This can lead to cable failure. ProLine’s outer jacket is more flexible and does not pull away from the core, even at a tighter bend radius of 1½ inches.

For quality roof gutter melt solutions, deal with the experts at ProLine. In addition to providing superior products, ProLine also includes installation support and professional design and layout services with each system.

ProLine also offers free installation training courses. Contact ProLine today to learn more about our products or free training (866.676.9276).

ProLine Offers GFEP Breaker Panels

ProLine GFEP Panels Simplify the Purchase and Installation Process

If you’ve been installing radiant heated driveways, roofs and gutter melting solutions for any length of time, you’ve most likely had to seek out ground fault equipment protectors (GFEP units) with breakers to properly install these systems. Traditionally many companies sell complete heated driveway systems to qualified, licensed electricians and installers; however, these customers are still instructed that they must find GFEP units with breakers to properly install their system. ProLine Radiant has always emphasized this need, but now, things are changing.

In keeping with its commitment to provide professional builders with the best products, service and convenience, ProLine Radiant heated driveway systems now include GFEP (ground fault equipment protection) breakers with its panels, saving you time and money. If you’re an electrician or an installer, shopping ProLine means you don’t have to scramble to track down these breakers for an installation. You’ll get just the right GFEP and breaker for the job.

Contactor panel and box
A contactor panel with GFEP and box for an automated snow melting system.

What is a ground fault protector, and why is it so important to a heated snow melting system? Basically, a ground fault is an electrical event caused by an insulation loss between a live conductor and an exposed conductive part that causes flow of current to the ground. (In the case of a heated driveway, the conductive part of a heated driveway is the heat cable.) This electrical event may cause serious problems to radiant heated driveway electrical systems and equipment, as most short circuits can start as undetected ground faults.

A ground fault equipment protection or GFEP is a device that is intended to protect heated driveway equipment against damaging line-to-ground currents, as are those emitted by electric radiant heat cable, by disconnecting all ungrounded conductors of the faulted circuit. By adding a ground fault equipment protection to a snow melting system, ground faults are detected immediately, preventing serious damage to heated driveway system components.

Rated for outdoor usage, the NEMA 4 wall-mounted control panels and UL and CUL listed controller have proven to be trusted industry leaders. ProLine snow melting and roof deicing systems are fully automated, and now include GFEP, which is required by the NEC. The snowmelt system controller can also be controlled remotely (day/week timer, GSM-module or other signal source). ProLine Radiant products and services result in the best possible heated driveways, roof deicing, and gutter and downspout heating.

Contractors are hailing this advance offered by ProLine Radiant. Ground fault equipment protection included in the Warmzone panels ensures cost savings, convenience, and increased reliability and safety in all your heated driveway installations. To find out more about ProLine snow melting systems, call 866.676.9276 today.

ProLine Radiant Roof Heating Systems

ProLine Offers Complete Roof Deicing Solutions 

Did you know that ProLine Radiant offers industry leading roof deicing and gutter melt systems? These systems include STEP RoofHeat low-voltage roof heating systems as well as self-regulating heat cable. Both systems are at the top of their class, providing energy-efficient and highly effective roof heating solutions for both residential and business properties.

Ice dams are the most frequent cause of expensive roof and water damage. Warm air rises up through the attic to warm the roof, causing snow to melt and trickle down towards the roof’s edge. But when the runoff reaches the cold eaves, it refreezes and forms the beginnings of an ice dam. This process repeats until there is significant build up of ice. Water then pools behind the ice dam, which can seep into cracks and damage the roof as it repeatedly expands from freezing. Eventually, the water can seep into your home, resulting in water damage as well as mold and mildew growth.

Heated roof valley and edge.

ProLine Radiant provides industry leading solutions to address costly roof damage. Both the STEP RoofHeat system and the self-regulating RoofHeat cable can prevent ice dams from forming.

STEP RoofHeat systems consist of a thin, semi-conductive polymer heating element that can be discreetly secured under the shingles or roofing surface. The flexible self-regulating heating element can be nailed or stapled through, facilitating the installation process, and is Mylar coated for added protection from alkaline or salt damage.

The low-voltage system utilizes a transformer to “step down” high voltage to low voltage (60 V or less) while controlling a specific section of the roof deicing system. The individual control boxes are the source for monitoring the power and output to the heating element to ensure safe, accurate, and efficient performance.

Self-regulating heat cable is also a common roof deicing solution. The cable can be installed to heat roof edges as well as in gutters and downspouts.

All ProLine Radiant roof heating systems are fully automated. An activation device/snow sensor detects precipitation and temperature and signals the controller when conditions warrant. After receiving the signal, the controller then sends power to the heating element, activating the radiant snowmelt system to heat the roof. ProLine’s top products combined with unprecedented customer service make smart business sense. For more information about ProLine Radiant and its products and services, call 866.676.9276 today.