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ProLine Snow Melting Systems

When it comes to offering snow melting system installations, professional builders won’t find a better partner to work with than ProLine Radiant. ProLine carries the highest quality radiant snow melting systems for commercial and residential applications. In addition to receiving proven products with wholesale pricing discounts, contractors also benefit from ProLine’s industry-leading customer support services.

ProLine’s team of radiant heat experts provides a range of support services, including free installation training, complete system design and layout, and technical support during the installation. Having a team of experts on hand during the installation gives contractors peace of mind, and helps to ensure timely, hassle-free installations. The end result is another satisfied customer. Knowing that ProLine has your back, from start to finish, is crucial for contractors who are busy multitasking, and coordinating an assortment of current and future projects.

ProLine’s comprehensive support services allow professional builders to offer – and complete – more projects. Many ProLine customers are bolstering their bottom line by offering radiant heat installations to business owners and municipalities.

Snow melting system installed in ramp to parking structure.
A radiant snow melting system installed in ramps to a large commercial parking structure.

During the winter months, business owners face the challenge of keeping sidewalks, parking areas, and entryways safe for their customers. While it’s been common practice to hire snow removal services and task employees to salt and shovel the walks, keeping areas ice-free throughout the work day is never a given. Steps and walkways have to be continuously monitored, and employees must consistently step away from their typical daily responsibilities to maintain walkways and areas to ensure the safety of the customers.

For business owners, automated snow melting systems provide the ideal solution. The installation of an automated snowmelt system helps to ensure that steps, walkways, ramps, and other areas remain clear of snow and ice throughout the day and night. The systems are triggered by weather events; however, these fully automated systems can also be activated manually.

ProLine snow melting systems consist of premier heat cable that is available pre-spaced in mats or in individual lengths off the spool. The systems also feature activation devices that detect temperature as well as precipitation. These sensors can be mounted in the pavement, or near the roofline of any home or business structure. When the snow sensor detects moisture, and the temperature is below the adjustable set point (typically set at 38 F or 39 F), a signal is then sent to the controller, and then power is sent to the embedded heat cable (or other heating element). The area quickly begins to warm in order to prevent snow from building up.

Automated snow melting systems can be installed in a wide variety of applications and custom layouts. Systems are typically installed in concrete, asphalt, and under pavers. Areas can also be retrofitted with radiant heat.

Asphalt driveway being retrofitted with radiant heat.
A residential asphalt driveway being retrofitted with a radiant snow melting system.

To heat asphalt, heating cable is laid out over the area to be warmed, and then a new layer of asphalt is then applied. To heat existing concrete, saw-cut technology is used. Small channels are cut into the concrete, and the heat cable is then placed in the channels. Once the cable is installed and wired, a topcoat of epoxy is applied to seal the embedded cable. Oftentimes, a sand broadcast is then sprinkled over the epoxy (prior to curing) to provide additional traction to increase the safety of the newly heating area.

ProLine snow melting systems are easy to customize, both in terms of layout and budget. If you have customers with unique layout issues, and/or a seemingly limited budget, ProLine system designers can work with you to provide the ideal snow melting solution. A variety of options are available. Call a radiant heat expert at ProLine today to learn more about how we can provide the ideal system for you and your customer(s).

ProLine Radiant is a leading wholesale provider of radiant heat solutions. For more information about radiant snow melting systems, roof de-icing and heat trace solutions, or floor heating systems, call a friendly ProLine representative today, at 866-676-9276.

The Ultimate Partner

ProLine Offers Wholesale Pricing and Unmatched Customer Services

Running a profitable business is about providing valuable services (and products) that help customers find convenient, helpful ways to improve their life or business. One way for construction professionals to do this is to ensure the upcoming winter season doesn’t catch them off guard. For business owners, winter snow and ice can lead to hazardous conditions that create liability issues and slow the flow of customers. With ProLine wholesale radiant heating products, winter can remain productive and profitable for everyone.

ProLine can help you offer residential and commercial customers innovative solutions to keep their businesses safe and clear this winter. The demand for radiant heat installation increases as the temperature decreases, making it the perfect choice for construction professionals to add to their repertoire.

A good place to start is with radiant heated driveways. Heating driveways is a popular choice for homeowners, and eases the pain and hassle of manual snow removal. ProLine’s versatile electric radiant heat cable can be used under almost any medium, including asphalt, concrete, and pavers. Electric radiant heating cable is rugged and reliable, delivering years of peak performance. The cable is available in individual lengths, as well as pre-spaced in mats that can be rolled out for easy installation.

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

Snow melting systems can be customized for virtually any application. Radiant heat is ideal for installation in residential driveways or large commercial applications. Radiant heat can be installed to heat driveways, ramps, parking areas, sidewalks, and even steps. Heated steps are particularly important to keep clear of snow and ice during the winter months. Needless to say, providing safe access to one’s business or home is vital. Keeping steps, walkways, and parking areas clear with Proline radiant heat cable is the surest way to keep customers and employees safe throughout the winter season.

Radiant heating systems can be easily customized to meet one’s budget and snow melting needs. If heating an entire area doesn’t meet your customers’ needs, ProLine’s customer service experts can design a custom solution that best suits their needs. For driveways, check out these great options:

Heat a center strip: Customers who may not want to heat an entire area can simply heat the center strip.  Instead of heating the entire surface area, some homeowners opt to heat an 8-10 feet wide strip. This option is perfect for specific areas that see higher amounts of traffic and makes sense for a lot of homeowners.

Heat two tire tracks: Customers often use theProLine heating mats to heat two 24-inch-wide tire tracks. The heating cable is pre-spaced in the mats, which are conveniently laid out, making installation quick and easy. Heating only two tire tracks also requires less power than a system heating the entire driveway, making this an excellent solution for homeowners on a tight budget.  

Specific areas: Use ProLine’s state-of-the-art mats or cable to heat troublesome areas anywhere around a business or a home. Heat cable can be installed in just about any area. Heating steps, heavily shaded areas, or driveway inclines can be the ideal solution for many.

Heated paver steps
A heated walkway and steps leading to the front door of a residence.

Roof de-icing is another solution to help customers prevent any costly repairs associated with water damage from a leaking roof. ProLine can help prevent heavy ice and snow from destroying roofs and causing property damage. Snow and ice buildup can create ice dams along roof edges. Ice dams prevent roof drainage and cause seepage that can lead to mold and mildew inside. One solution is to install heating cable.

Self-regulating heat cable features an irradiated conductive core with a rugged outer jacket to protect it from water and alkaline damage. The self-regulating heat cable is easily placed along roof edges, eaves, or trouble spots to provide channels for the runoff, and prevent ice dams from forming.

Freezing temperatures can also lead to broken pipes and expensive water damage that can take months to repair. Using pipe trace cable from ProLine can prevent these hazards. Pipe trace cable is the most effective option for any outdoor pipes. Commercial and industrial customers benefit from installing heat trace cable.

While ProLine’s variety of products ensures peak performance, what really sets ProLine apart is its comprehensive customer support services. ProLine is unlike other wholesalers on the market. These services allow contractors to focus on their business. No more worrying about hunting down products you need or wondering if they will get delivered on time. ProLine has resources and vast warehouse facilities that manufacture and house their products. We know that your time is especially valuable in the winter season and work hard to ensure our supply meets demand without frustrating delays.

ProLine’s comprehensive customer service starts with system design professionals. They know the products inside and out and work hard to meet every customer’s needs and expectations. Once the design professional has all the information, they can start on a custom-designed system. Every system comes with a detailed layout of the system, as well as all technical information needed for installation. The information includes materials, system performance expectations, number of breakers, breaker sizes, and proper load calculations. This layout allows installers to quickly and efficiently install any system.

Installation training is also free with ProLine. The training is provided via video conference with an instructor who will cover all aspects of installation and spend time with you to answer any questions. After installation training, installers have access to ProLine’s dedicated support professionals. They are available to help answer questions or help resolve any problems that may arise during the process of installation. An online library of photos and illustrations, product documentation, and instructional videos is also available anytime. No matter what your needs are, ProLine is there from start to finish. That why ProLine is a favorite among building professionals.

If you have questions, call and speak to a professional at ProLine today at 866-676-9276.

The Many Custom Applications of Radiant Heat

As radiant heated driveways gain traction across the country, home and business owners are also installing radiant heat in a wide variety of other snow melting applications. The systems are easy to customize, and can be designed and installed for just about any need your customer may have.

Although installing radiant heat in driveways is the most popular residential application, the features of these snow melting systems have made them popular for a dynamic range of other snow melting solutions. Electric radiant heat systems utilize heat cable, which is available in individual lengths off the spool or pre-spaced in mats. The mats are conveniently rolled out across the area to be heated and secured, making installation quick and easy. But given the design flexibility of heat cable installations, systems can be installed to meet virtually any customer needs.

In addition to heated driveway installations, other radiant heat applications include heating outdoor areas for pets or livestock, accessibility ramps, loading docks, outdoor steps, sidewalks, patios, and more. Some ProLine snow melting system installations include heated airport aprons, public transportation areas, large commercial parking ramps and structures, and more. The options for customers are limited only by one’s imagination.

Heated ramp
A radiant heated accessibility ramp.

While the range of applications is unlimited, there are also many options when it comes heating a driveway. ProLine system designers work with their customers to determine the best system for their needs. Heated driveways can be customized to accommodate situations with limited power, customers on a limited budget, or those with special layout needs. Fortunately, driveway heating systems can be tailored to best meet the specific needs of each customer. Some layout options include heating only an 8-foot-wide strip in the middle of the driveway, heating two 24-inch-wide tire tracks, or only heating special areas, such as an incline. Customers have many options when it comes to installing a radiant heat.

Given the benefits of radiant snow melting systems, it’s no wonder that they are increasing in popularity. In addition to being fully automated, the systems are also maintenance free and extremely efficient. In fact, there is virtually no wasted energy associated with a properly installed heated driveway. The systems also eliminate the need for harmful snow melting chemicals or salt.

Heated sidewalk and porch
A residence with a heated driveway, sidewalk, and porch.

Automated snow melting systems consist of three main components: the heat cable, a snow sensor (activation device), and controller/contactor panel. Depending on the system, and the customer’s preference, the snow sensor can be either a pavement-mounted device, or an aerial-mounted unit. (Most driveway heating systems utilize the aerial-mount sensor.) This advanced activation device detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected, and the temperature is below the adjustable setpoint (typically set at 38- or 39-degrees Fahrenheit), the sensor will send a signal to the system controller. Power is then sent to the embedded heat cable, warming the driveway to prevent the buildup of snow.

A safety feature, called the “afterrun” function allows the snow melting system to remain on for a short time after the storm. This allows the heated concrete, asphalt, or pavers to dry. Eliminating any surface water prevents thin sheets of “invisible” ice from forming. The systems also include a manual override function, so the systems can be activated to deal with snowdrifts, or to heat areas where runoff from other areas has created patches of ice.

Radiant heat is also used for roof and gutter de-icing. Keeping roof eaves and gutters clear of snow and ice enhances pedestrian traffic below. When roof ice begins to melt, sometimes large slabs of ice can tumble to the sidewalk below and strike those walking along the sidewalk. Water that trickles down from icicles to the sidewalk can refreeze, creating patches of “black” ice, which can result in slip-and-fall accidents. Needless to say, this scenario is a nightmare for business owners.

ProLine also offers interior radiant heat. A variety of floor heating systems is available, with each providing advantages for heating specific types of flooring. A wide range of technologies is available.

For more information about wholesale snow melting, roof de-icing, and floor heating products check out ProLine’s website, or call a friendly professional today at 866-676-9276.

Custom Snow Melting Systems

ProLine Offers System Design, Installation Training and Technical Support

Professional builders are seeing an increase in demand for radiant heat installations nowadays. Consequently, construction professionals are stepping up and adding radiant heat installation to their list of service offerings. While adding new construction services can generate growth, adding unfamiliar services can also be intimidating for builders.

ProLine recognizes the challenges facing today’s construction professionals, which is why we offer some of the industry’s most comprehensive customer support services. Our goal is to not only offer the best wholesale pricing, but to make the installation of radiant heat systems as easy and hassle-free as possible. To achieve this, ProLine includes free installation training, technical support, and professional system design and layout services. Each custom design contains the detailed layout of the system, along with all the necessary electrical information for the electrician. We take care of the installation training and design of the system so you don’t get bogged down in the technical aspects of the project. This frees you up so that you can continue to focus on what you do best.

Contractors understand that no two customers have the exact same needs. That’s why it’s important to work with professionals like those at ProLine. Our designers work closely with you to create the custom system layout that best meets the specific needs of your customer. ProLine system designers are experienced pros who have designed commercial, residential, and industrial radiant heat systems that are operating today throughout Northern America.

ProLine Radiant offers a wide variety of radiant heat solutions, including heated floors, roof de-icing systems, pipe trace solutions, and snow melting systems. A wide variety of snow melting system options are available. The systems are versatile and easy to customize.

Heated Driveways

Heated driveway with four heated tire tracks
A home with two sets of heated tire tracks.

The most popular application for snow melting systems is that of heating driveways. Homeowners can customize their systems not only to best meet their snow melting needs, but to meet their budget. Some of the more popular options include:

HEAT TWO TIRE TRACKS: Instead of heating an entire driveway, many homeowners choose to heat two 24-inch wide tire tracks. ProLine heating mats heat an area 24-inches wide, so these mats can be easily laid out and installed in this configuration. Heated tire tracks also require less power to operate than systems heating the entire driveway area.

HEAT THE CENTER STRIP: Another popular option among homeowners is to heat an 8 to 10-foot-wide strip in the middle of the driveway. If you’re not walking or driving on any other area of the driveway, this option makes sense for many homeowners.

HEAT SPECIFIC AREAS: For those on a budget, a good option is to only heat specific, problem areas, such as the driveway incline, or area that doesn’t get any sunlight. Keep these areas free of snow and ice by installing heat cable only where you need it.

HEAT ENTIRE AREAS: Radiant heating cable can be installed under entire concrete, asphalt, or paver surfaces to keep driveways and other outdoor areas completely clear of snow and ice.

INSTALL CUSTOM APPLICATIONS: Radiant heat can be installed in an unlimited number of applications. Custom systems can be installed for dog kennels and dog runs, or to keep other outdoor pets comfortable as well. Whatever your needs, ProLine experts can design a system to meet your unique radiant snow melting needs.

Snow melting systems are very versatile. ProLine can customize your radiant snow melting system to meet virtually any driveway shape and application. For more detailed information about the many radiant heat options that are available, contact a friendly ProLine representative today, at 866-676-9276.

Winter Hits with a Vengeance

Year of the Atmospheric Rivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Automated Snow Melting Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Make Radiant Heat Installations Easy

Winter can pose some unique challenges for home and business owners. For businesses, the weather can often impact the bottom line, and is especially impactful to retail storefronts that are dependent on customers visiting their facilities. Keeping businesses that are reliant on physical foot traffic safe and inviting isn’t always easy during the snow season.

While many businesses continue to rely on snow removal services, or tasking employees to clear sidewalks and parking areas of snow, more and more business owners are turning to reliable radiant heat systems to keep winters profitable.

Radiant snow melting systems are fully automated, so when a storm hits, the system activates to prevent the buildup of snow and ice. After the storm, the system remains on for a short time to dry the surface to eliminate surface water from refreezing into thin sheets of “black” ice. These electric systems are also maintenance free, so once the system is installed, business owners can focus on what they do best – without having to worry if the plowing service is on time or their employees are salting and keeping the walks clear throughout the day.

Heating cable installed for heated paver driveway
ProLine snow melting systems can be installed under pavers, or in concrete or asphalt.

As the demand for radiant heat increases, installers are looking for providers that go the extra mile. In addition to offering top quality products and affordable pricing, contractors want to work with professionals that make their installations as seamless and easy as possible.

For many, ProLine Radiant has become the provider of choice – for both residential and commercial radiant heat installations. Why are so many professional builders turning to ProLine for their snow melting, roof de-icing, and floor heating needs? The reasons are simple: ProLine backs up their “best-in-class” products with industry-leading customer support services.

Unlike other wholesale providers, ProLine includes the most comprehensive customer support services in the industry. These services include free installation training, technical support, and custom system design. These valuable services help to allow contractors to focus on what they do best, while ProLine does much of the legwork to ensure a successful radiant heat installation.

Each ProLine radiant heat system is custom designed according to ASHRAE standards. ProLine’s professional design staff works closely with the customer, the electrician, and installers to design a custom system to best meet each project’s specific demands. The design team creates a detailed CAD drawing that includes the proper layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. The installer will know all the details and layout of the system prior to one foot of heat cable being installed.

In addition to the detailed custom layout of each system, ProLine also provides free installation training for installers. This important service helps to ensure that there are no surprises during the installation, and gives installers the confidence they need to properly install the system in a timely manner. The courses can be completed online via web conference, and the trainee can stop and ask the instructor questions at any time. The installation training is often referred to as the most valued service by construction professionals.

Despite the thorough training, installers still may encounter an unforeseen issue during the installation. If so, ProLine experts are available to call and talk with. We’re happy to assist with any questions during the installation.

If you have customers who are considering radiant heat to warm their homes, keep driveways and walks clear of snow and ice, or to prevent roof ice dams, make it easy on yourself and contact a friendly ProLine representative. (Existing driveways can also be retrofitted with radiant heat.)

We strive to make radiant heat installations as easy as possible for professional builders. Our customer services are second to none, so we’ll take care of the legwork so you’re free to do what you do best. Contact a radiant heat professional today to learn more about ProLine’s wholesale prices, free training, technical support or design services. Call today at 866-676-9276.

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.