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Efficient Snow Melting on Limited Power

Heating Large Areas with Minimal Power

Having clear walkways, driveways or parking areas is one of the most important things for businesses during the winter. Clear driveways and walkways are not only more inviting, but the added safety provided by an automated snow melting system is vital. Of course, there is also the added benefit of not having to pay a snow removal service, or shovel snow at the crack of dawn. A great option for those looking to help their customers avoid back breaking labor and enhance safety is to offer the installation of a ProLine snow melting system. Snow melting systems are versatile and can be installed in any residential or commercial application, even those with limited power.

Heating cable installed for heated paver driveway
Zoning allows homeowners with limited power to heat large driveways and aprons.

When considering a snow melting system, first determine the square footage of the area that needs to be heated. ProLine can even assist you with this if needed. By using a special software program, ProLine professionals can measure the square footage with a satellite view of any property.

The next step is to evaluate the available power at the location. This can be done by checking the main breaker panel. In homes, most panels are equipped with two 100-amp panels, or one 200-amp panel, which can be found on the top of the main breaker box. ProLine always suggests having an electrician measure the amperage to ensure there are no issues prior to starting the installation. If an electrician isn’t readily available, here are some general guidelines to consider. With most residential systems, one 30 amp breaker will heat about 170 square-feet. That means that a 60 amp breaker can heat a 350 square-foot driveway. If, after having the available amperage evaluated, it’s discovered that there is limited power ProLine can use a technique called zoning (or staging). Keep reading to learn how zoning works to help all your customers enjoy the benefits of a snowmelt system.

With ProLine’s new sequencer, zoning is an easy, cost-efficient way to heat multiple areas without exceeding available power. To zone a large snow melting system, ProLine designers divide the area into zones. Power is alternately sent to each zone, “pulsing” from one to another, using the available power to effectively heat a larger area. Unlike old zoning systems whereby only after one zone was cleared would power then be sent to another zone, the newer system is much more efficient – and timely. Old zoning systems also required each zone to have its own snow sensor. However, the new system eliminates the old process by using the available power to efficiently heat several zones – almost simultaneously. Homeowners can also operate the system manually if they wish. ProLine’s zoning systems separate themselves from competitors because they feature “smart” technology.

ProLine’s zoning systems separate themselves form competitors because they feature the new technology of the advanced sequencer. Other systems will cycle through zones regardless of whether the snow has been completely cleared or not. This is because most zoned snowmelt systems are set with timers. These systems will cycle between zones even when the zone is not cleared, and do so until all zones are cleared. With timed cycling, snowmelt times will be much longer, and important areas will not be cleared first. With a ProLine snow melt system, your customers can be sure that priority areas will be completely clear first. ProLine’s “smart” technology also saves power by detecting whether snow is melted prior to engaging the system. So, if the snow in zone 3 is already melted, then the system will not engage. This feature saves customers money by only operating when it is actually needed.

A snowmelt system with zoning.
Zoning allows you to operate a large snow melting system with limited power.

Snowmelt systems from ProLine are a great option for business owners looking to prevent hazardous conditions that can lead to injured employees, customers, and costly litigation. With zoning, even a small business with less amperage can ensure that priority areas such as storefront walkways are cleared and safe for customers. The reliability and performance of an electric snowmelt system is available for any home or business with zoning technology from ProLine.

Snowmelt systems are a great choice for any customer, and save time and money during the winter months. The operating cost of a snow melting system during a storm is usually less than hiring a professional to come and clear snow. Radiant snowmelt systems can also save money by extending the life of driveways and walkways, as they will not be deposed to salt or snow melting chemicals that can damage and degrade them.

If you’re ready to see how ProLine snowmelt systems can help increase your business, contact a ProLine professional today at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Radiant Heated Floors

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

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

Woman on warm wood floor

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

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

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

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

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

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

Heated hardwood floor

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

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

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

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

ProLine Roof De-icing Solutions

Radiant roof heating is always a good option for businesses to invest in, especially when it can save them from costly damage and hazardous conditions. ProLine Radiant offers trusted, industry leading roof de-icing systems that are proven and easy to install. Providing roof de-icing installation for your customers is a strategy that can put you ahead of your competitors.

Some of the most dangerous winter hazards a roof heating system can protect home and business owners from are ice dams and ice buildup in gutters and downspouts. Heavy ice buildup not only can damage your gutters, but cause icicles that can drip and create icy walking surfaces that can be hazardous to pedestrians. A roof heating system like ProLine’s self-regulating heat cable is an affordable, hassle-free way to prevent this buildup. The systems are reliable and maintenance free, and fully automated.

Heated roof valley and edge.

ProLine’s self regulating heat cable has an irradiated conductive core that is housed in a UV stabilized flexible thermoplastic elastomer jacket. This jacket protects the core and makes it safe for wet conditions, and protects it from sun exposure. The conductive core allows this cable to adjust its output according to the weather conditions. Because it is self-regulating it will not overheat, even if the cable touches or overlaps. As the outside temperature drops, the heat output will rise, assuring all ice and snow will be clear from the heated area.

Self-regulating de-icing system is activated by a contactor panel that sends power to the cable when the snow sensor detects the appropriate conditions. This heat cable can be installed in most places on your roof, but is particularly useful in gutters, valleys, and downspouts, and is also commonly used in pipe tracing applications. ProLine’s self-regulating cable is a safe, reliable, and affordable investment for any contractor looking to provide roof heating options for their customers.

ProLine’s self regulated heat cable is also found in another great industry leading roof de-icing product – roof heating panels. These attractive panels are carefully engineered with aluminum to be extremely energy efficient. Self-regulating heat cable is channeled through the panels to provide home or business owners with an aesthetically pleasing, energy efficient solution.

ProLine’s roof heating panels also work in tandem with a contactor panel and an activation device. These panels are great for heating areas such as roof valleys, or along roof eaves where ice dams often form. Ice dams prevent runoff, and can cause damage to entire roofs that may lead to leakage into the home where mold and mildew can form.  Roof heating panels are an ideal choice for heating the eaves of residential structures to keep them snow and ice free. ProLine’s offers a wide selection of panels, ranging from 4 or 6 inch roof valley heating panels to 48-inch panels for roof eaves. The roof heating panel system is extremely efficient and will prevent any ice dams or other water damage by keeping areas free of snow and ice. Roof heating panels are a versatile, attractive way to prevent ice buildup on residential and commercial roofs.

Perhaps the most popular and highly recommend roof de-icing system is ProLine’s low-voltage system. The low-voltage roof heating solution features a thin, semi-conductive, self-regulating, polymer heating element that comes in rolls and is available in different widths. This element is polypropylene fused during its fabrication, to make sure it is water proof and protected from alkaline or salt damage. It can be cut on site and nailed or stapled through, making installation quick and easy. This system also includes an activation device that will efficiently activate the system when the conditions are right. An aerial-mount snow sensor or the STEP Touch thermostat can be used. With ProLine’s low-voltage heating solution, each transformer controls a specific section of the roof heating system, and steps down high-voltage to low-voltage (60 V or less).

When working with ProLine roof de-icing systems, there are options for every customer. Any of ProLine’s roof de-icing systems can be used together to create a completely individual system that will fit the specific needs of each customer. Whether your customer wants the whole roof heated, or simply wants to protect problem areas, ProLine’s roof de-icing systems will get the job done. Roof de-icing systems are also a great solution to offer customers in the summer to ensure they are prepared for the cold winter ahead. Add roof heat installation to your service offerings and build up your bottom line.

If you have any questions, or are ready to learn more about ProLine’s roof de-icing options for your business, contact a ProLine professional at 866.676.9276.

ProLine Floor Heating Solutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Radiant Floor Heating Options

Wholesale Radiant Floor Heating Solutions

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

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

Heated tile floor

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

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

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

RetroHeat installed to heat existing tile floor

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

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

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

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

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.

Heat Trace Solutions

Winter may be coming to a close, but spring is a great time to offer heating solutions to customers to help them prepare for the upcoming year. Areas that can freeze or become problematic in the winter; such as pipes or roofs, are great areas to install heating systems that aren’t always easily accessed in snowy, cold weather. Installing a heat trace system in the spring can prevent heavy snow and low temperatures from causing roof leaks, destroying gutters or downspouts, and freezing pipes. At ProLine, top-of-the-line roof heating and pipe tracing systems are available for residential homes, commercial buildings, and even industrial applications, allowing contractors to offer a wide range of services for their clients.

Roof heating applications are easy to install customize for any home or business application. Each roof heating system generally consists of heat cable, a thermostat, and a sensor or activation device. The activation device will trigger the system when the temperature is below the set point. ProLine carries a wide range of durable heat cable that is designed for a variety of heat trace applications. It can be installed on roof valleys, gutters, trouble spots, or even downspouts and drainpipes, making it easy to prevent roof leaks or more costly and hazardous damage.

Steep roof with icicles in need of a roof deicing system

ProLine’s industry leading heat cable is self-regulated, meaning that the cable’s irradiated conductive core increases the heat output as the outside temperature falls and decreases the heat output as the temperature rises. The radiant heat cable is made from high quality, advanced components, and is one of the most popular heat trace solutions today. The cable is UL recognized and meets the requirements of Section 426 of the NEC (National Electric Code). The outer jacket of the cable is a fluoropolymer, making it durable and rugged, ensuring it will last the harshest of winters. The interior of the cable consists of a tinned copper braid, thermoplastic elastomer insulation, and a metal ground band. This interior construction will help assure reliable, energy efficient performance in any home or business.

Another common application for heat trace cable is pipe freeze prevention or industrial process control and temperature maintenance. Whether in residential homes or commercial settings, pipes can freeze, resulting in extensive cleanup and costly water damage. Pipe tracing for freeze prevention is way to ensure that your customers have a hassle free winter. Pipe tracing also utilizes self-regulating cable that has a parallel circuit, but does not necessarily require a thermostat. ProLine’s self-regulating pipe tracing cable is UL listed and provides an ideal way to protect pipes, valves, or other troublesome areas from freezing. This cable automatically varies power output in response to changes in temperature, making it extremely energy efficient and ideal for small plastic or metal pipes, or instrument tubing for commercial or residential applications.

Heat trace cable installed on pipes at industrial facility.

Pipe tracing is especially helpful for commercial applications and outdoor facilities that are more susceptible to pipes freezing. ProLine’s pipe tracing cable is an easy, affordable way to increase business with commercial customers, as it can ultimately save time and money in the long run by preventing business closure during winter months. ProLine’s cable is also recognized as safe for hazardous and corrosive environments, perfect for commercial or industrial environments. The self-regulating heat cable will also never burnout or overheat, even if it is overlapping or touching, making it safe for any environment.

When considering adding heat or pipe tracing systems to your business offerings, ProLine offers many more benefits in addition to its top-of-the-line products. When working with ProLine, businesses have access to industry leading customer service options, making ProLine the first choice for many professionals. A ProLine customer service expert will help you each step of the way, from determining which components are best suited for your application and budget, as well as individual design layout for each system, and personal installation support. ProLine Radiant also includes free installation training. ProLine is the best choice for heat trace solutions on the market today. If you have questions about how heat tracing can help your business, visit us online or contact an expert at ProLine Radiant at 866-676-9276 today.

Heating Floors – The Right Way

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

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

Heated hardwood floor

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.