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The Unseen Benefits of Radiant Driveway Heating Systems

When homeowners think of installing a heated driveway, they are likely thinking about the convenience of not having to shovel and salt their walks. The other obvious benefit is the safety that radiant heat systems provide. This feature is of paramount importance to business owners who want not only to provide a convenient and inviting environment for customers, but also a safe environment.

Radiant snow melting systems fit the bill when it comes to meeting these requirements. Snow melting systems automatically activate when needed, so if a snowstorm hits during the night businesses can open in the morning – on time – knowing that the sidewalks, entryway, or parking areas are clear of snow and ice, leaving safe and inviting conditions for customers. This is crucial for businesses in order to avoid losing revenue during times of inclement weather. (Not to mention the time and hassle of litigation as a result of slip and fall accidents.) By installing a radiant snow melting system business owners don’t have to hire a plowing service or ask employees to come in early to shovel and salt the sidewalks.

Winter time can present a host of challenges for business owners, so keeping the facility safe and functional is crucial. The morning after a big snowstorm, there’s nothing like arriving at work and seeing the sidewalks, ramps, and/or parking areas completely clear of snow and ice.

Concrete heated driveway with cutout showing heating cables.

ProLine snowmelt solutions are among the very best in class. The automated snow melting systems utilize an advanced sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. (These sensors can be mounted above the roofline or in the pavement of the driveway.) When the temperature is below the sensor’s adjustable set point (usually set at 39°F) and moisture is present, the sensor signals the controller. Power is then sent to the embedded heat cables, warming the driveway to prevent any snow accumulation.

For added safety, the systems also include an “after run” function. This allows the system to remain on for a short period after each storm to dry the surface, preventing any melted snow from remaining on the driveway and turning into a thin sheet of dangerous “black” ice.

An Additional Benefit

One of the lesser known benefits of a radiant snow melting system is that it can extend the life of your driveway. In addition to eliminating the need for salt and other corrosive materials as well as plowing and shoveling, radiant heat can be particularly beneficial for concrete driveways. Concrete driveway surfaces tend to last longer when they’re not exposed to sub-zero temperatures. In cold weather climates with ample snowfall, it’s not uncommon for concrete driveways to fall victim to spalling. Concrete is naturally porous, so water from melted snow can seep into every tiny crevice, and refreeze. The damage usually occurs when the ice expands. Over time, as this process (known as spalling) repeats, it can eventually deteriorate the finished driveway surface and lead to cracking in the cement.

Seal coating your driveway can also help to extend your pavement’s life span, but nothing can compete with the benefits offered by a radiant snow melting system. You’ll not only enjoy the convenience and enhanced safety provided by the system, but you’ll likely boost your equity as well as add a few years to the life of your driveway. Heated driveways can be a smart investment.

For more information about radiant snow melting systems, heated floors, or roof de-icing solutions, contact a friendly professional at ProLine Radiant today (866.676.9276).

The Ultimate Snow Melting Solution

Installing a snow melting system can be one of the best investments a home or business owner can make, and offering them to your customers is a great investment in your business. ProLine offers versatile snow melting systems that can be installed in almost any medium and application, and consumers all around the country have used ProLine for their snow melting needs. Here are just a few of the places where ProLine snow melting systems have been installed to keep homes and businesses clear of snow and ice during the winter seasons:

  • Driveways
  • Walkways
  • Public transit stations
  • Outdoor steps
  • Wheelchair ramps
  • Churches
  • Outdoor shopping malls
  • Winter resorts
  • Loading docks and ramps
  • Pedestrian bridges
  • Airport aprons
  • Runaway truck ramps

Heated paver driveway

Whether customers are looking to install snow melting systems for residential applications, commercial businesses, or even industrial applications, ProLine has an option to ensure that the specific needs of each customer are met. ProLine systems offer an array of heating elements for interior and exterior applications, creating almost endless customization options that can fit any area, no matter the shape or size. ProLine’s snow melting system heating elements can be set in any medium: concrete, brick or stone pavers, and even freshly poured asphalt.

The most popular residential layout is to heat an entire area (such as a driveway), but options such as heating a strip in the center of the driveway, 24-inch wide tire tracks , or only high-traffic areas are also great ways to utilize the flexibility of ProLine’s radiant snow melting systems. ProLine systems are also well suited for industrial or commercial buildings to prevent dangerous ice from forming on ramps, steps and loading docks. ProLine also offers the best customer service in the industry that includes custom designing of each snow melting system, as well as providing free installation training and technical support to facilitate quick and efficient installation of every system.

The benefits of a custom designed snow melting system can’t be beat, with the first obvious benefit being that of time saved. With a ProLine snow melting system, customers will no longer have to worry about back-breaking shoveling or slick ice patches after each storm. Snow melting systems can also prolong the life of mediums like concrete, as plowing, salt and other chemicals typically used for snow melting can cause degradation.

Perhaps the most important benefit – especially for business owners – is safety. A ProLine snow melting system is an investment in safety that can pay for itself year after year. When winter hits any business, snow, ice, and icicles become major safety concerns. Not only is shoveling and clearing ice hard work, it is also dangerous for workers and pedestrians. Accidents can lead to costly litigation due to injuries onsite. Snow and ice clearing also takes away from the productive time of workers, and slows business during the important winter months and holiday season. With an automated snow melting system, business can continue as normal with no wasted manpower, helping to ensure a busy and productive winter season. This is especially true for businesses with outdoor loading docks, truck ramps, accessibility ramps, or other areas that are typically hazardous during winters.

When looking at snow melting systems, customers often ask two questions. The first is usually “How do they work?” In general, a snow melting system works by using an activation device (sensor) that detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the “set point” (usually 39°F), the sensor triggers the controller and power is sent to the embedded heating element, warming the driveway or ramp. (ProLine snow melting systems are fully automated, but also include manual override capability to melt snow drifts that may have formed after a storm.) This also means that the system will only run when necessary, and shut off as soon as the snow or ice is cleared and the driveway is dry. Automated snow melting systems from ProLine feature rapid response times to ensure that no snow accumulates on the heated area. This makes ProLine’s system extremely energy efficient, with 99 percent of energy used going directly to clearing snow.

Energy efficiency relates directly to the second question: “How much does a snow melting system cost?” With an energy efficient system operating only when it is needed, the costs remain low. On average, a 300-square-foot area can be hated for around $1.52 for each hour of continuous use. (Cost may vary depending on local utility rates.) Running a snow melting system is often less than hiring someone to remove snow. When it comes to initial cost, ProLine’s custom options accommodate for snow melting needs and each customer’s budget. ProLine’s experienced system designers will take each customer’s needs into consideration. Customers will be matched with the best products, system design/layout, and support services, assuring that each snow melting system is up and running at peak levels in no time. With top notch customer service, including installation support and free training, ProLine is with you every step of the way. Offering snow melting systems from ProLine will ensure that your business is thriving this winter season.

Extend the Life Span of Your Driveway

Installing a radiant snow melting system can also extend the life of your driveway by preventing concrete spalling. Spalling occurs as a result of melted snow refreezing on the porous concrete over time. Eventually, this can even lead to cracking of the cement. Automated driveway heating systems dry the surface, so no water remains. This added safety feature is what helps to prolong your driveway’s life span. By drying the surface the chance of spalling is greatly reduced.

If you’re ready to learn more about snow melting products from ProLine for your business, call us today at 866-676-9276.

Versatile Snow Melting Systems from ProLine

Radiant heated snow melting systems are a great way to separate yourself from your competitors and offer your customer products they can count on. Snow melting systems from ProLine Radiant are among the industry’s best. The fully automated systems feature top of the line components, and add safety and reliability to any any area. While winter might not be the first thing in people’s minds this time of year, now is the perfect time to help your customers prepare for the winter ahead.

Snow melting systems from ProLine include the heating element, activation device, and contactor panel/controller. These components work together to ensure each snow melting system is running efficiently. When the snow sensor detects precipitation and the temperature is below the set point it sends a signal to the controller, which sends power to the heating cable embedded under the surface, allowing your heated area to remain clear of dangerous snow and ice. ProLine heat cable is rugged and durable and is available on spools or pre-spaced in mats for quick, easy installation. When working with ProLine snow melting cable and other industry leading products, customers also benefit from the easy-to-customize nature of ProLine’s snow melting systems. ProLine snow melting systems have been installed in different applications all over the country, making ProLine a great choice for any professional builder and business owner.

Heated driveway with four heated tire tracks

One of the most sought after applications for snow melting systems are driveways. Customers can heat the entire driveway, or customize exactly which area they want to heat. This could include heating an 8 foot strip in the middle, or perhaps two 24-inch wide tire tracks. Another option is to simply heat any spot that causes trouble, such as an incline, or areas that experience high traffic. High-traffic areas like sidewalks and stairs are also great places to heat, ensuring a safe, snow-free environment for those entering a home or business. ProLine snow melting systems have been installed in residential and commercial applications across the country. Radiant heat systems can be found in areas such as pedestrian bridges, ramps, bus stops, train platforms and more. ProLine has worked with metropolitan transit authorities across the nation.

Snow melting systems from ProLine are especially popular among contractors with commercial projects. These systems have been installed in and are a great option for outdoor shopping malls and heavily trafficked pedestrian areas to help keep customers safe during the winter. They can be installed in entryways, sidewalks, and parking areas, no matter the shape, size or demands of the application. Snow melting systems are also found in airports, and even ski resorts to keep customers traveling and vacationing comfortable and safe.

ProLine has also designed projects for industrial facilities and refineries. Installing a snow melting system in areas like these can be tricky, but with design professionals and top of line heating elements and components, ProLine can provide the ideal system for your needs. Whatever type of project your customer has in mind, ProLine snow melting systems are a reliable and efficient choice.

ProLine’s industry leading products are also backed by the best services in the business. When purchasing snow melting products from ProLine, contractors and wholesalers can be assured that they will be receiving unparalleled customer service as well. Whether you or your customers have questions ProLine stands ready to help. Installation support is available from experienced professionals. ProLine has a dedicated staff of professionals with years of experience to assist customers during the installation process. Free installation training is also offered, so if you’re new to radiant heat, there is no need to worry. ProLine will help you learn the ins and outs of snow melting system installations so you can provide product to your customer with confidence. The training courses cover everything you need to know about snow melting systems and their installation to help assure that your project runs efficiently and appropriately. Before installation, ProLine will provide you with a detailed design/layout for each system. These professional layouts include all the information needed prior to beginning the installation; including proper load calculations, a layout of where the heating cable and components will be placed, breaker sizes, the number of breakers, performance expectations, etc. All this information is prepared by a professional designer from ProLine, saving time and money in the long run, and making it easy for contractors and wholesalers to offer snow melting systems to their customers. With so many products available, combined with professional services, each system will be tailored exactly to the specifications and budget needed. Working with ProLine for your snow melting needs is a great way to increase your customer base, and your bottom line.

If you’re interested in getting started with snow melting systems for your business or have any questions, call ProLine today at 866.676.9276.

ProLine Radiant’s Premier Snow Melting Systems

With many businesses on hold and people staying at home, now is a prime time for contractors to help clients update their businesses and homes for the winter. Snow melting systems from ProLine are a great option for any contractor looking to increase business during the spring and summer. The convenience of a clear driveway at any home or business is something that will keep customers happy, safe, and comfortable all year long.

ProLine electric snowmelt systems are perfect for almost any application, making them a great offering for residential and commercial construction. They can be used in new construction, but snow melting systems can also be installed to heat pre-existing asphalt, concrete, or even pavers. These fully automated systems are quick to install and simple to use. Each ProLine snow melting system comes with three main components: the heating element, an activation device (snow sensor), and a contactor panel. When the activation device detects specific weather conditions, it signals the contactor panel, which then sends power to the heating cable to prevent the buildup of any ice or snow.

Radiant snow melting system heating paver driveway.
ProLine radiant heated driveway

The heating element is crucial with any snow melting system, and ProLine’s electric radiant heat cable features premier quality and is trusted by contractors everywhere. ProLine cable is a single point-connection, twin-conductor cable that measures ¼-inch in diameter. The cable is housed in fluoropolymer insulation, followed by a copper metal sheathing, and an outer sheath made from polyolefin to protect the cable from corrosion. ProLine’s heating cable is CSA listed in U.S. and Canada and comes with a limited 10-year manufacturer warranty.

The construction of this cable makes it durable, as well as versatile. ProLine’s heating cable can be installed under almost any medium, including concrete, pavers, and asphalt. The cable is available on spools, which allows it to be rolled out and installed (generally at 3-4 inch spacing). Cable off the spool is perfect for custom shaped areas and spacing. ProLine heating cable off the spool is a great option for unique areas or to heat outdoor staircases and steps.

Another great option for commercial, industrial, or residential projects is ProLine’s specially designed heating cable that is designed for installation in hot asphalt applications. This rugged cable is rated up to 460 degrees Fahrenheit for up to 10 minutes in hot asphalt. The asphalt is laid out directly over the top of the cable, leaving your customer with a discreet, maintenance free way to keep their asphalt area safe and clear in the winter months.

ProLine also offers its state-of-the-art cable in mats. These mats come with the cable pre-spaced (3- or 4-inch options available) on a two-foot-wide mat. These mats also include a 10- year warranty against manufacturing defects, and can be placed under any medium. Mats are also available for hot asphalt applications. Their rated voltage is 120-600 Volts, and their output is 37 or 50 watts per square foot, depending on the application. ProLine’s snow melting mats and cable have been proven to be reliable and easy to install, making them a great option to offer to your customers.

ProLine not only offers top of the line snow melting systems, but also has industry-leading, comprehensive customer service.  A ProLine professional will help you determine which products best suit your project, and work with you to ensure you are given the best solution for your customer. This includes a professional system design which has a detailed AutoCAD that will show all the power requirements and specifications so that you and your customer can be assured their system will be functioning efficiently.

ProLine’s services also include free installation training and personal installation support. Whether you need help locating an electrician, or have questions during installation, ProLine will be glad to assist you. Installation instructional videos are also available online. The videos can be a valuable tool as you begin your installation. ProLine also has a support team of professionals on staff to help guide you and answer any questions that arise during installation. With top-of-the-line products and complete customer service, choosing ProLine for your business is easy.

If you have any questions or are ready to get started with radiant heat for your business, call ProLine Radiant today at 866-676-9276.

Quality Components and Service you can Trust

Snow melting systems are great for contractors looking to expand their business and add a new level of convenience for their customers. But adding a new service offering and learning to install it can be overwhelming. With ProLine Radiant’s top-of-the-line components and free installation training and technical support, providing snow melting systems for your customers is easy.

Snow melting systems from ProLine are professionally designed by an in-house team of designers, and a detailed layout of each system is provided for contractors to assure components are installed correctly. These layouts also contain all the needed electrical information for your installer as well, including, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. Proper installation of a snow melting system is key for a reliable, efficient system, which is why ProLine offers such robust customer support services.

Heated paver driveway and parking area.
A heated paver driveway.

It’s also important to use reputable, quality components. Installing a snow melting system begins with three main components; the heating element, and activation device, and a control unit/contactor panel. At ProLine, the heating element for snow melting systems is a heavy duty, high-quality cable designed to produce 30-50 watts per square foot. ProLine heat cable is one of the most trusted and efficient in the industry. ProLine twin conductor heat cable features single-point connection, and is rated at 220°F for easy installation in almost any medium, from pavers to concrete and asphalt.

For hot asphalt applications, ProLine offers a special version of cable that is rated at 460°F for up to 10 minutes. ProLine’s UL listed heat cable has a copper metal sheath, and uses a polyolefin jacketing for rugged durability, UV protection and flexibility.

ProLine heat cable comes on spools ready for installation, or pre-spaced in mats. These mats are available with 3 and 4 inch cable spacing and heat a 2-foot wide area. ProLine radiant heating mats simplify installation, and are ideal for heating standard shaped areas that may need less customization. The tape backing of the mats can be cut to facilitate turns and layout in custom shaped areas. (Note: Never cut the actual heating cable.) Mats are easily rolled out over the area to be heated, making installation quick and easy. The snow melting mats are a durable, versatile choice, and are especially popular for large applications.

Next, a snow melting system must have an activation device. These advanced snow sensors detect temperature and precipitation. When the temperature hits a certain point (usually set at 39°F) and precipitation is also detected, the sensor signals the contactor panel, which sends power to the heating cable. ProLine has state-of-the-art sensors, and both in-ground and aerial-mount sensors are available for commercial and residential applications. ProLine’s aerial-mount sensor allows for automatic activation and manual override capability for times if the system needs to be activated to melt a snow drift or when a patch of ice has formed. This sensor can be upgraded for remote activation and is compatible with smart systems.

ProLine aerial-mount snow sensor
An aerial-mount snow sensor for an automated snow melting system.

Finally, a snow melting system must have a contactor panel or control unit. This component sends power to the embedded heating element after it receives a signal from the sensor. When installing a snow melting system, the aerial sensor utilizes a contactor panel. At ProLine, contactor panels are available with or without ground fault equipment protection (GFEP). This option can save contractors a great deal of time and money.

In-ground sensors differ from aerial sensors as they rely on a control unit instead of a contactor panel. ProLine systems use a NEMA 1 control unit that is compact and easy to use. These units can be operated from an external signal and be switched on/off or even to standby. ProLine’s control unit not only has advanced technology, but a great price not found at competitors. Control units are energy efficient and allow for sidewalks, driveways, or any outdoor area to be snow free.

ProLine snow melting systems are versatile enough to be installed in almost any application, ranging from residential driveways to large commercial applications such as parking lots, loading docks, runaway truck ramps, public transit platforms, and so on.

ProLine’s trusted systems and low pricing also come with industry leading customer services, including, free installation training, technical support and professional system design. These services are geared to make it easy for contractors to expand their businesses by providing radiant heat to their customers.

ProLine’s dedicated customer service professionals are available to help you with every aspect of the installation. Design and engineering specialists will work with you to create the most efficient system and provide you with and accurate layout that includes all the electrical information. This serves as the road map for your installer and electrician, and helps to ensure a successful installation.

The installation training can be completed online with an instructor at your convenience. If you ever have a question, installation support professionals are available over the phone to assist you during installation if you need. ProLine’s customer service is with you throughout the installation process. When looking to give your customers the efficient option of radiant heat, ProLine is truly the best choice for contractors. For more information, call 866.676.9276.

Working with ProLine Radiant Makes Good Business Sense

ProLine’s Products, Prices, and Resources Help Ensure Your Success

The U.S. economy is enjoying its third largest housing boom in modern history according to Robert Shiller, a Nobel-prize winning economist and financial expert. That’s good news for professional builders, but news like this can also mean more competition. Every builder and his/her cousin is looking to take advantage of the demand.

So how do contractors beef up their bottom line and distinguish themselves from the masses? One option is to add radiant heat installation to your list of services. Many homeowners are looking to install heated driveways, and offering this capability not only gives you a leg up on the competition, but can also beef up your bottom line.

Adding radiant snow melting system installation to your hardscape services can be a great way to build your business without investing additional capital. While some construction professionals may be intimidated by the thought of installing a snow melting system, ProLine makes the process surprisingly easy.

Heated stone paver walkway

A Unique Wholesale Provider

ProLine’s industry leading support services include professional system design/layout services. This is a road map for installers, featuring the layout and electrical schematics and information, including proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and so on. The installer (and electrician) will have all the information needed to successfully complete the proper installation.

Our design team includes mechanical and electronics experts, design/draftsmen, and other qualified individuals. Their combined experience results in highly efficient systems for all types of radiant heat applications. In addition to working with architects, engineers, project managers and contractors, we are also especially adept at working with inside and outside sales reps to provide free consulting and detailed quotes – all at wholesale prices!

One of the most popular (and valuable) customer services we offer is ProLine’s free installation training. Installers can sign up to take the training course at their convenience. The instructor covers every aspect of the installation. The courses usually take about an hour, but the installer can stop and ask questions at any time. ProLine offers free training courses at the Salt Lake City office or the classes can be completed online with the instructor via Webex™.

Installation training courses
ProLine Radiant provides free installation training courses for installers.

We understand that radiant heat systems are only as good as the installation, which is why we have a dedicated staff of experts on hand to assist you during the installation process. Installers who have any questions during the installation can simply pick up the phone and call our team of installation support professionals and we’ll gladly walk you through the issue at hand.

When you purchase from ProLine, you partner with a team of radiant heat experts. We stay with you throughout the installation process to help ensure that the system is installed correctly and performing as expected. Going the extra mile with our customer services is why we are confident in our claim of offering the best, most comprehensive customer service in the industry.

Proven Products and a Complete Solution

Radiant heat is our sole focus, and we’ve become the best in the business at it. We have established ProLine Radiant as a trusted industry leader by combining unmatched customer service with the industry’s most advanced and proven radiant heat technologies and products. Our electricians and designers have experience providing innovative heating solutions for commercial and residential applications alike throughout the United States and Canada.

ProLine Radiant offers only the latest, most proven and trusted radiant heat products available. We carry a wide variety of solutions, all at competitive pricing; and our manufacturer warranties are second to none. Our experts will take the time to match you with the best solution possible for your specific needs. Call us today for more information at 866.676.9276.

Easy-to-Install Snow Melting Systems

Boost Your Bottom line by Offering Radiant Heat

ProLine Radiant has been providing the components and designing radiant snow melting systems for a variety of applications over the years. From installing radiant heat in commercial parking structures and residential driveways to sidewalks, steps, loading docks, and even runaway truck ramps, we’ve provided radiant heat solutions for just about every snow melting application imaginable in just about every cold weather region in the U.S.

Consumers choose to install snow melting systems for several reasons. Some are business owners who realize that installing an automated snow melting system makes good business sense. Many commercial installations are intended not only to eliminate the need for manual snow removal, but to enhance safety for the clientele. Being fully automated, radiant snow melting systems provide reliable snow removal whenever needed, ‘round the clock. This way, patrons are assured of having clear walkways to and from the business entrance and parking areas.

Heated paver driveway

Other customers opt for radiant heat because they are unable to manually shovel the snow due to physical/medical limitations. Others need to heat their driveway because it is on a steep incline. Doctors and emergency response personnel need to be able to exit driveways quickly, regardless of the weather, and radiant heat has proven to be ideal under those circumstances. And of course, there are some projects that fall into the “luxury” category.

Regardless of the customer’s need, ProLine customizes each snow melting system to best meet the customer’s specific needs. We do not take a “one size fits all” approach. And every system is designed to ASHRAE standards to ensure that customers receive the most effective and efficient snow melting solution for their location, layout, and snow melting needs.

ProLine also provides industry leading system design services. The AutoCAD drawings not only show a detailed layout of the cable and components, but include all the necessary electrical information, such as the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc.

In addition to its unmatched customer services, ProLine uses the industry’s top controls for its snow melting systems. Typical heated driveway systems utilize the WS-2C aerial-mount snow sensor (activation device). The small unit features a moisture sensor at the top and a temperature sensor at the bottom. When the activation device senses precipitation and the temperature is below the designated set point (usually 38°-39°F), the unit signals the contactor panel and power is sent to the heating cable. (The UL listed contactor panels are available with or without GFEP included. This is an excellent cost – and time – saving option for electricians.) As power is sent to the resistance cable the driveway surface is warmed, preventing any snow buildup.

The advanced WS-2C snow sensor is mounted outside in the open where it is exposed to the weather. To ensure that the sensor is able to make accurate temperature readings, it is important to mount it away from the house where furnace vents, dryer vents and other sources of heat can affect the sensor’s temperature reading.

ProLine aerial-mount snow sensor
An aerial-mount snow sensor for automated snow melting system.

Maintenance Free Snow Melting System

ProLine electric snow melting systems have no moving parts so they are maintenance free; however, it is recommended that the sensor be powered down and the small sensor grid be wiped clean with clear water once every 4 months.

Electric radiant snow melting systems can be easily customized. This way, regardless of the consumer’s needs, the system can be designed to accommodate just about any layout, snowmelt demand, and budget. While each snow melting system is tailored for its specific installation, some general layout options include:

Heat the Most Trafficked Areas – Rather than heating the entire driveway, some owners choose to heat only the areas that receive the most traffic. An 8-foot strip in the middle of the driveway or a 2-foot strip down the middle of a sidewalk may be all that the customer needs/wants. This still allows clear access for vehicles and/or pedestrian traffic, but brings down the installation cost as well as operational costs.

Heat Two Tire Tracks – Another affordable option (that also requires considerably less power) is to heat two 24-inch wide tire tracks. This is a popular solution for customers with limited power or a limited budget. Not only does this make the installation more affordable, but the layout also demands less power, making it more affordable to run.

Heat Problem Areas – Some areas are prone to ice buildup or are on a steep incline. Radiant heat can be installed to keep the incline (or shaded areas) clear of snow and ice to enhance safety as well as convenience. This is especially beneficial for those with driveways that run downhill and into a busy road.

ProLine radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, so business owners can be assured that customers can safely enter and exit the premises during snowy days. There’s no need to have employees shovel or go outside at odd hours to clear and salt the walks. When a snowstorm hits, the radiant heat system will activate and keep the walks clear. After the storm passes, the system will remain on for a short time, drying the area and preventing ice buildup before shutting off. Because this “after run” feature provides safe walking areas for customers, it greatly reduces the chances of business owners being on the receiving end of personal injury lawsuits.

Support Services

Don’t forget, ProLine is the innovative wholesale leader when it comes to prices, products, and customer service. Installers not only receive premier products and a detailed layout with all the necessary technical information, but they can talk with a radiant heat expert any time and receive technical support whenever they have a question during the installation. ProLine Radiant also hosts a library of helpful installation videos on its website. Check out ProLine’s Installation Videos here.

ProLine also provides free installation training. Installers receive personal training and can complete the installation course at our facility or online (via Webex™) at their own pace. Electrical and design experts are on hand to personally train you and answer any questions you may have during the training and/or the installation. ProLine believes in long term relationships and stands by its customers to ensure that the system is installed correctly and according to warranties, and that the customer is satisfied.

For more information, or a free quote, contact ProLine today at 866.676.9276.

ProLine Snow Melting Systems and Options

Efficient, Reliable and Easy to Customize

Radiant heat is the most efficient technology available for keeping driveways clear of snow and ice. Electric snow melting systems feature a network of heat resistance cables that is installed in concrete, asphalt or under pavers to efficiently heat the surface. (Hydronic systems use a closed loop of PEX tubing that specially treated hot water is pumped through.)

The reason why radiant heat provides the most efficient means for melting snow is because there’s virtually no heat loss. Heat radiates from the heating element and warms the surface to prevent any snow from building up.

Long driveway with heated tire tracks

Many consumers don’t realize how easily electric driveway heating systems can be customized. The heat cable can be installed to heat uniquely shaped areas, steps, bridges, ramps, loading docks, etc. The systems are easily adapted to meet the specific demands of the user. The needs of each customer are carefully evaluated and then the ProLine snowmelt system is custom designed to best meet the unique needs of the project in the most efficient and cost effective way possible. Several popular options are available to accommodate various budgets and available power.

Some Heated Driveway Layout Options Include:

  • Heat the entire driveway: If you have the available power and budget heating the entire driveway surface and / or parking area is a popular option.
  • Heat only the most trafficked area: Instead of heating the entire driveway, only heat an 8-foot wide strip in the middle to allow access in and out of the garage.
  • Heat two tire tracks the length of the driveway: Installing two 24-inch wide heated tire tracks offers homeowners considerable savings when compared to installing a snow melting system to heat the entire driveway surface. Heated tire tracks are a practical option for long or dual driveways, as well as for homeowners who do not have the budget or the power necessary to heat the entire surface. This option utilizes less power, which lowers the operating costs as well.
  • Heat the trouble spots: Some homeowners may have a section of driveway that is particularly problematic during the winter. For example, a driveway on a hill or an area that receives a lot of runoff that often turns to ice.  A radiant snowmelt system can be easily designed and installed to heat the specific area. This is particularly beneficial for driveways that run downhill and open up into busy public roads.
  • Heat walkways and areas that receive foot traffic: Snow melting systems can give home and business owners peace of mind by enhancing safety to protect pedestrians from slipping when walking to and from vehicles during the winter months. This is particularly valuable for business owners by providing clear, snow and ice-free entryways, sidewalks and parking areas. Nowadays, businesses simply can’t afford to overlook the safety of their properties. Protect customers and minimize the chances of slip-and-fall injuries – and subsequent litigation with radiant heat.

ProLine Radiant offers both electric and hydronic snow melting systems. Both technologies utilize three basic components for automated heated driveways:

The heating element – Heat resistance cable or PEX tubing.

Snow melting system heating elements
Heat cable and PEX tubing heating elements for radiant snow melting systems.

Activation device (snow sensor / controller) that detects weather conditions to trigger the system when needed (and shutting it off afterwards).

ProLine aerial-mount snow sensor
An aerial-mount snow sensor for automated snow melting system.

A UL listed contactor panel. The UL listed panels are available with or without GFEP included. (This is an excellent time and cost savings option for electricians.)

Contactor panel with GFEP breakers
ProLine snow melting system contactor panel with GFEP breakers.

Radiant Heat – The Key to Success

Ensuring Successful Installation of a Radiant Heat Snow Melting System

Installing a radiant heat snow melting system is not particularly difficult. While choosing top quality components is one way to ensure optimum performance, the most important aspect is making sure the system is installed correctly. Even the best heating cable, controllers and snow sensors cannot perform as intended if the system is not installed properly. This includes everything from proper cable spacing to the proper placement of the sensor(s).

Because the proper installation of a heated driveway or roof deicing system is crucial, ProLine Radiant includes free installation training and technical support with each system. This way, customers are not only assured of receiving proven, industry leading products, but they also receive the support and knowhow of experts for installing the system correctly.

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The training is conveniently available online or in person at our corporate headquarters. Free training at rep locations throughout the country is also available. Installers may also set up special training sessions at their convenience. ProLine instructors will cover all the necessary topics and answer any questions you may have to give you the knowledge and confidence necessary to install interior and exterior radiant heat systems. These courses will help to ensure that the system performs as expected and your customers are satisfied. Contact ProLine to learn more about our free training services at 866.676.9276.

To further ensure proper installation, ProLine also provides complete system layout and design services. The professional design includes the proper layout and materials, load calculations, breaker sizes, and number of breakers, etc. ProLine’s detailed system designs ultimately save time and money. And its industry leading customer services provide contractors with the support they need to confidently install radiant heat.

ProLine also has an extensive collection of installation videos online. Visit the website to view ProLine’s instructional radiant heat videos.

Snow Melting System Installation Options

Heat tire tracks: Save money by heating two 24-inch wide heated tire tracks rather than heating an entire driveway.

Heating the Center Strip of High Traffic Areas: Heat only an 8-foot wide strip up the middle of the driveway. Instead of heating an entire sidewalk, just warm a 3-foot wide strip in the middle of your sidewalk.

Heat specific/custom areas: Heat the sloped or shaded areas of a sidewalk, or just the steps. Heat dog runs or kennels to keep outdoor pets comfortable, or only heat the.

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Laying out the heating cable (mats) for a heated driveway installation.

Basic Heat Cable Installation Tips

  • Be sure to measure the ohm reading of the cable at different times during the installation and record the results in the space provided on the warranty card.
  • In concrete and asphalt applications, the heating cable should be 2 inches from the finished surface. (The heating cable should never be resting on the ground prior to the pour.)
  • Always maintain proper cable spacing. (Cables must be spaced no closer than 2 inches apart (center-to-center) and no more than 4 inches, center to center. (Minimum spacing: 2 inches. Maximum cable spacing: 4 inches.)
  • Never allow the cables to cross or touch each other.
  • Do not cut the heat cable. (Adjust cable spacing accordingly if you have extra cable.)
  • Avoid excessive bending, kinking, or stressing of the cable. Doing so can cause the insulation to “bubble” and pull away from the cable.

Contact ProLine Radiant today at 866.676.9276 to sign up for your installation training course. You’ll find that working with ProLine offers peace of mind, knowing that you’ll have a partner – from beginning to end – for each of your radiant heat projects.

Snow Melting System Design Services

Be positive and Investing in a snow melting system for residential or commercial property is an important decision that can increase property values. ProLine radiant heat systems are easy to customize, and can be installed in most mediums, including concrete, asphalt and brick or stone pavers. These energy efficient snow melting systems are fully automated, and can add a level of safety and convenience during the cold winter months.

When considering the installation of a snow melting system, the process begins with the design. This is where working with experienced professionals pays off. ProLine’s design and engineering services are unmatched, which is one more reason why construction professionals regularly turn to ProLine when it comes to installing radiant heat.

Heated driveway with four heated tire tracks

When looking for a radiant heat solution, selecting the proper components for the system is only one small part of the process. Radiant heating systems are only as good as their installations, so proper design is crucial. Successful installations are made easier with well thought out and planned designs, which are key to the system’s proper performance.

There are important factors that must be taken into consideration when designing a snow melting system. Some of the initial factors that should be considered are the available power and the square footage of the area to be heated. These factors can help determine the operating cost of the system, which is usually less than hiring a professional snow removal service. (A simple formula to determine operating cost has been included below.)

In regards to the power requirements, homeowners should be familiar with the following basic guidelines. One 30-amp breaker supplies enough power to heat a 170-square foot area. To heat a driveway of 350-square feet, two 30-amp breakers (or one 60-amp breaker) would be needed. Homeowners can check their home’s main breaker panel to see the power coming into the house. (Typical homes feature either two 100 amp panels or two 200 amp breakers. These are located at the top of the main breaker box above the main breaker panel.) But when looking to install radiant heat, the bottom line when it comes to power requirements is that an electrician is ultimately the one to address all the power issues. If you have questions about available power, contact ProLine and we’ll be happy to assist you.

After you have evaluated the power availability and measured the area that needs to be heated, the system’s location and weather conditions must then be considered. This includes altitude, average snowfall, and average winter temperature. Using these factors helps determine what layout and components will be best suited to your project. The basic components needed for an automated snow melting system include an aerial- or pavement-mount snow sensor, a heating element, and master controller. A good design will also include all the breaker and power-related information for the system.

The design process can be daunting, but not for the professionals at ProLine who have years of experience designing custom radiant heat systems for all types of applications. At ProLine Radiant, a snow melting system can be designed and installed on virtually any property. And ProLine offers a variety of the industry’s most proven and trusted products. Each system at ProLine is carefully custom designed, and includes a detailed CAD that includes layout, load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and system performance expectations. Having a system designed by professionals at ProLine also gives you options when it comes to your budget. if you don’t want to heat an entire area, the system can be designed to heat any size or shape of area. A few options include:

  • Heating two 24-inch wide tire tracks
  • Heating only the high traffic areas
  • Heating the trouble spots, such as the incline of a property
  • Heating an 8-foot strip down the center of the driveway

At ProLine, industry leading products like ProLine heat cable can be easily laid out in custom configurations to meet the specific needs of your project.

All in all, working with professionals who include system design and layout services will minimize issues that may occur with installation, and can save you money and time. With ProLine’s unparalleled customer service and installation support, there is help available at anytime. If you have further questions or are interested in a free quote, please visit our website or contact a trusted professional at 888-488-9276.

Determining the Operating Cost of a Heated Driveway

  1. Determine the total square footage of the area that will be heated. (The average American home has an 800-square foot driveway.)
  2. Multiply the square footage by the heat required (37 watts per sq. ft. for residential). This will give you a total for the watts per square footage required.
  3. Divide this number by 1,000 to convert to kilowatts.
  4. Look up the kilowatts-per-hour rate from the local power utility company.
  5. Multiply the total watts-per-square footage by the watts-per-hour. This gives you the cost-per-hour of usage for the snow melting system.

EXAMPLE (for an 800-square foot driveway): 800 (sq.ft.) x 37 (watts) = 29,600 (total watts).
29,600 divided by 1,000 = 29.6 kw per hour (This is what the power company will charge you per one hour of operation.) The average utility rate is .12 cents, therefore: 29.6 x .12 = $3.55. The cost of operation would be $3.55 per hour.

NOTE: Heating cables and mats are rated in total watts. If the snowmelt system is intended for a commercial application, then you would multiply the total square footage by 50 watts to determine the total wattage required.