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Let ProLine take care of the Details while you Add to your Bottom Line

Many contractors have opted to boost their bottom line by offering radiant heat installations. This includes heated driveways, roof deicing systems, heated floors and more. But the decision to install radiant heat systems shouldn’t be made lightly. After all, there are many different providers, products and services that are available. Choosing the right one can make all the difference for your business, so to find the radiant heat partner that will be best for you, consider some of these attributes.

Heated sidewalks

Established Provider: If you’re making calls and talking with various radiant heat providers, don’t be afraid to ask about their business. Have they been around longer than 12-months? Who are some of their clients? What are some of the projects they’ve been involved with?

Offerings from more than one Manufacturer: Some providers have a limited offering, so they recommend their one heating element and/or system components for every application. That is not necessarily bad – so long as their one product is a proven industry leader. But in reality, different applications sometimes require different components. Providers with several different options are more likely to recommend the solution that will best meet your customers’ specific needs.

Trusted Products: A variety of systems and components is important, but those products should be proven industry winners. Ask questions about the various options and learn about some of their specific features and why they are advantageous in some circumstances.

Complete System Design Services: This is essential. Sure, radiant heat is not difficult to install, and some installers tend to get a little over confident and assume, “how hard could it be?” True, you can go to Home Depot and buy whatever heat cable you need, but most reputable contractors avoid that mentality. A successful business is built with happy customers, and to ensure your success and your customers’ happiness, you’ll want to have the system designed by radiant heat experts who take every detail into consideration.

Let ProLine do the work for you! Seasoned pros like those at ProLine have been designing systems for years, so they know every in and out when it comes to successfully installing a radiant heat system. Before any heat cable is laid, you’ll know the proper materials and precise layout, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and so on. ProLine doesn’t just sell radiant heat systems and components. We partner with professional builders and work with them to ensure that their customer is satisfied. As such, we have an ongoing relationship with contractors throughout the U.S. And because we have experience working with installers across the country, we can refer additional business to them. It’s a win-win relationship.

Free consulting without the Sales Pressure: The top providers are going to take the time necessary to answer your questions and help you understand what options are best for your application. Don’t waste time talking with those who don’t spend time listening. Early in the conversation, you’ll likely determine whether you’re dealing with a trusted professional or an opportunistic amateur.

Dedicated Support Staff (Experts on hand to Provide Technical Support): Make sure your provider also includes installation support. Nothing can be more frustrating that starting your install only to hit a snag that brings everything to a halt. As a wholesale provider, ProLine is unique in its service offerings. In addition to discounted products, we still include personal services, such as installation support. And the support isn’t simply offered by your sales rep; ProLine has a dedicated support staff that is on hand to field your call – should you need. Team up with a provider that intends to stay with you throughout the installation process. With ProLine, you’re assured of having a partner who will be there every step of the way.

Free Installation Training: In addition to the design and support services, ProLine offers free installation training courses for installers. This service may be unique among wholesale providers. In fact, ProLine’s services generally surpass all those extended by retail radiant heat providers. You’re not only getting the best prices; you’re also getting the best services.

Heated driveway with brick pavers

The installation training courses can be completed in person or online with an instructor via Webex. This valuable training includes all aspects of your installation, helping to eliminate surprises and speed up the installation process. The courses usually take less than an hour, but they can save a great deal of time in the long run. A certificate is awarded to installers upon completion, and once they are certified ProLine can refer additional business their way.

Providers that don’t extend comprehensive customer support services don’t really have anything to lose. Once they sell you the components, they disappear like a thief in the night. Don’t get caught holding the short end of the stick. Radiant heat represents a significant investment, so invest with a partner you can trust.  Team up with an experienced professional that will take care of the details so you can focus on what you do best. Rest easy, knowing that we’ve got your back.

For free consulting, or to learn more about ProLine’s many products and services call 866.676.9276 today.

ProLine Snow Melting Systems and Customer Services

Products, Prices and Services that can’t be Beat

With the arrival of spring, the last thing we want to do is start thinking about winter again. It goes against our nature. Let’s face it, we just survived several months of gray skies, snow and frigid temperatures, and all we want to do now is enjoy the warm spring sunshine. But like it or not, now is the time to plan ahead. In fact, now is an ideal time to install a heated driveway system. If you’re a contractor, you’re likely not booked solid yet, and spring discounts may still be available for some snow melting system components.

ProLine floor heating, roof deicing and snow melting systems are designed for easy installation in new construction or remodel projects. And our radiant heating products are among the most trusted in the industry. In addition to our proven snow melting systems, ProLine also carries a large selection of radiant floor heating systems and roof deicing solutions. You can choose the ideal system for your customer’s heating needs as well as their budget.

Heated sidewalk

ProLine roof deicing systems range from self-regulating heat cable to constant wattage cable and low-voltage roof heating panels. The thin, flexible panels can be installed discreetly under roof shingles to keep roof edges and valleys free of snow and ice dams. Installing a roof deicing system is a great way to enhance the lifespan of a roof and protect homeowners from costly water damage as a result of ice dams.

Because ProLine caters to contractors and suppliers, our top quality radiant heat products are available at rock bottom wholesale prices. And ProLine snow melting systems are among the best in the industry. And ProLine is perhaps the only wholesale provider that offers comprehensive customer support services. That right, when you purchase ProLine products and systems, you don’t have to select from a list of costly service options. Not only does ProLine work with suppliers to extend wholesale pricing discounts, but ProLine also includes unmatched customer support services, including complete system design and layout services, personal installation support, and free installation training.

Excerpt from video - installing snow melting heat cable in mats

Installers can receive their free installation training in person or online via Webex. The course usually takes a little less than an hour, but the attendee can ask the instructor questions and proceed at his or her own pace. This training is invaluable and helps to ensure proper installation and satisfied customers. You can also watch our online installation videos or access our Product Literature Resource Center to consult our helpful installation and instruction manuals.

ProLine’s focus on customer services is what sets it apart as a leading provider of radiant heat systems. To learn more about our products and services, call a friendly radiant heat expert today at 866.676.9276.

Beat the Spring Rush

Purchase Radiant Heat Materials During the “Off” Season

The winter of 2018-2019 has been a real doozy. Record breaking storms and snowfall slammed the country from California to Maine and just about every place in between. And Old Man winter still isn’t done. But rest assured, spring is just around the corner, and soon the construction season will be in full swing.

But before things get too hectic, have you thought about purchasing your radiant heat materials now? It’s the perfect time to buy what you need. There’s a good chance that you may be able to enjoy even greater discounts on a variety of ProLine’s already low-priced radiant heating system components. That’s right, purchasing items at off-peak times can mean a savings for you. “Early bird” discounts on snow melting systems, self-regulating roof deicing systems, and floor heating systems may still be available.

ProLine radiant heat system components
Some of ProLine Radiant’s snow melting, roof deicing and floor heating system components.

ProLine Radiant is an industry leader. In addition to carrying a wide selection of only the industry’s most trusted, premier quality products, ProLine prides itself on including unparalleled customer services with each system. We have one of the largest and most diverse selections of radiant floor heating, roof deicing, pipe tracing, and snow melting solutions available, all at low wholesale pricing.  When combined with the industry’s most comprehensive service, it’s tough to find a better, more reliable solution.

Contact ProLine and see how you can get a leg up on the competition this spring. ProLine professionals will listen to your needs and then provide you with the most sensible options. Because we carry several different brands from different manufacturers ProLine isn’t locked into offering just one or two options. Our radiant heat experts will thoughtfully evaluate your needs and then recommend the system and components that will best meet those needs.

And once the construction season gets busy, you’ll be glad that you have the support of ProLine standing with you throughout your projects. Unlike other wholesale providers, ProLine adds the personal touch by offering free technical support, system design and even free installation training. When it comes to installing a radiant heat system, there’s no better partner than ProLine Radiant. Our services include:

Free System Design – ProLine offers detailed AutoCAD system designs that cover the layout and materials of the system, but also include every aspect of technical information necessary for your electrician. The system layout shows the proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. Having this detailed information is crucial to ensuring a successful installation.

Heated paver walkway at outdoor mall.

Free Installation Training – One of ProLine’s most popular services is its free installation training. Installers will receive personal training for installing their system. A radiant heat expert will personally cover all the aspects of your installation at your own pace. The training courses generally take less than an hour, but they ultimately save a lot of time in the long run. This is just one of ProLine’s valuable services that help to ensure your success.

Free Installation Support – Even after the training, you may encounter a situation where you are unsure. No worries. Simply call our support staff and we’ll walk you through the issue at hand. We have a dedicated support staff on hand to assist you, so we’re happy to take your calls.

All of these services as well as low wholesale pricing make ProLine a popular choice among construction professionals throughout the country. Our designers can custom design a system for just about any layout, budget, and application. Call and learn more about the many affordable options and ProLine’s industry leading customer services today at 866.676.9276.

Radiant Floor Heating Options

Proven Floor Heating Solutions

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

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

Heated tile floor

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

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

Floor Heating Options

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

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

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

Prodeso floor heating membrane and heat cable under ceramic tile.

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

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

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

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

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

Easy-to-Install Snow Melting Systems

Boost Your Bottom line by Offering Radiant Heat

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

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

Heated paver driveway

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

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

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

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

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

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

Maintenance Free Snow Melting System

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

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

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

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

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

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

Support Services

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

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

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

Heat Trace Systems for Roofs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

ProLine Floor Heating Systems

While ProLine Radiant may be best known for its heated driveways and roof deicing solutions, the radiant heat provider also offers a variety of the industry’s most proven floor heating systems. Some contractors are taking advantage of ProLine’s wide selection of products and discount prices, but many are still unaware of ProLine Radiant’s offering of floor heating systems.

Emphasizing radiant heated floor installations during the winter months is a great way for professional builders to supplement their income at a time that is traditionally slow. But consistently offering radiant floor heating installation can also help to grow your business.

Heated bathroom floor

ProLine offers a wide selection of trusted, industry leading solutions. From its own trusted heat cable to the innovative low-voltage polymer heating element, ProLine carries the top floor heating solutions for any custom commercial or residential radiant heat project, designed to heat virtually any type of flooring.

The floor heating systems offered by ProLine are compatible with all standard sub-flooring materials, and provide the superior performance you’d expect from an industry leader. ProLine’s large selection of premium quality floor heating systems ensures that customers receive the ideal system for heating their specific type of floor.

Some Floor Heating System Options:

ProLine TileHeat: TileHeat floor heating cable is the most trusted and popular floor heating system and can be used to heat just about any type of floor. Though it is particularly effective for heating tile and marble floors, TileHeat is also commonly used to heat laminate flooring as well.

The heating cable is available off the spool or in flexible mats with an adhesive backing for easy installation. ProLine floor heating mats feature ProLine heat cable that is pre-spaced and placed on a mesh backing. They can be installed directly under tile, natural stone and a variety of hard surfaces. The mats’ low 3/16-inch (3 mm) profile results in very little floor buildup, making them a popular choice for renovations. They’re also pre-terminated for use with 120V and 240V, and available in various lengths (heating a width of 24-inches).

ComfortTile floor heating mat, cable and thermostat

The floor heating cable’s twin conductor design is matched with premium materials to provide the most effective and efficient heating. The system also includes built in ground fault (GFCI) protection and emits no measurable electromagnetic fields (EMF).

ProLine floor heating systems also come with a GFCI protected thermostat. (Strapping to secure and properly space heating cable is provided when purchasing heat cable off the spool.) To simplify installation and final hookup, the cable is harnessed with a single lead. And all ProLine cable is UL/CSA approved and is covered by a 10-year manufacturer warranty.

Slab/Storage Heat  – ProLine’s rugged Storage heat cable heats concrete slabs under a variety of floor types. Because the cable is installed in concrete pours, the rugged cable is designed to withstand the stress of heavy concrete pours. The cable has a larger diameter than other floor heating cables, allowing it to be lower in cost and higher in heat output. Once installed, this affordable heating solution efficiently distributes and stores heat within the slab.

Prodeso® Floor Heating Membrane – A recent addition to ProLine’s floor heating product offering, the Prodeso floor heating membrane is a polypropylene uncoupling, crack isolation, waterproofing membrane. The flexible membrane features channels for the TileHeat cable to be routed. The system can be used to heat a variety of floor surfaces.

Prodeso floor heating membrane and heat cable
Prodeso floor heating membrane with heat cable placed in the channels.

Using the Prodeso membrane can speed up the installation process. The membrane is placed over the floor and then heat cable is installed in the channels and then the flooring can be applied directly on top. There is no need to use self-leveling cement to cover and protect the heat cable before installing a tile floor. This can result in a significant savings of material, time, cost and overall weight.

FoilHeat – FoilHeat is a thin electric radiant floor heating system designed primarily for heating laminate, engineered wood, and other floating floors. The system can also be used to heat carpeted floors.

The floor heating mat consists of fluoropolymer insulated heating cables sandwiched between two layers of specially reinforced aluminum foil. The uniform spacing of the heating elements, and the conductive aluminum foil, ensures even heat distribution. FoilHeat mats can be cut and shaped on site to meet the specific demands of the project.

The heating element is connected to a power-supply cable, which exits the laminate mat from one corner. The power lead is a flat thin two core flexible cord, consisting of two insulated conductors with a metal sheath and an outer sheath. Depending on your heating requirement, FoilHeat is available in nominal heat outputs of 80 W/m² and 140 W/m² at 230 V. The mats are available in predetermined lengths with cold tail and are prefabricated and tested in a carefully controlled factory environment.

FoilHeat radiant floor heating system

In addition to providing industry leading floor heating elements, ProLine also offers the most advanced system controllers and thermostats, including the state-of-the-art WIFI Touch Thermostat.

The electronic thermostats are designed to control electric radiant floor heating systems for maximum comfort while minimizing power consumption. Each thermostat includes an integrated Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter (GFCI, Class A).

Free Installation Training, System Design and Technical Support

The proper installation of radiant floor heating systems is vital, which is why ProLine provides free installation training and installation support services. We stand by our customers throughout the installation process to help ensure that the system is properly installed and performing as it should.

Prior to the installation training, it’s helpful for installers to take advantage of the online product documentation and illustrations. A vast resource of instructional videos is also available on our website. This valuable resource can help installers gain a better understanding of the systems, how they are installed, and how they function.

Be sure to sign up for free training. Call 866.676.9276 today to set up a time that is convenient for you. Training can be completed in less than an hour and can be done at our offices or online, via WebEx.

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

What Makes ProLine Snow Melting Systems Better than Others?

A Look at What Makes ProLine Radiant a Preferred Leader

There are many manufacturers and providers of radiant heat snow melting systems, but how is one different from another? Is it technology? Is it product longevity and warranties? Why would two systems utilizing very similar heating cable perform so differently? Certainly the aforementioned are important aspects of trusted snowmelt systems, but these factors alone can’t account for greatness. And it doesn’t answer the question as to why two systems that utilize very similar heating cable could perform so differently.

While most products and system components are similar, not all providers – and installers – are created equal. Without doubt, offering quality components at consumer-friendly prices is essential for radiant heat providers to appeal to the masses, but is this all that consumers are looking for? Is quality or price the end all deciding factor that homeowners and builders seek? Remember this: for those components to function as advertised, they must be installed properly.

Asphalt driveway with heated tire tracks

Proper installation means more than having competent installers. Those installers need to have the technical support and installation training from professionals with years of experience installing these systems. This means more than the token “call us if you have any questions” rhetoric that we often hear as we’re walking out the door after making a purchase.

Radiant heat systems are relatively easy to install. So easy, it seems that some installers are tempted to dive into the process without any training, and not understanding some of the basic guidelines such as proper cable spacing or embedding the cable splice to the cold lead.

So, as easy as radiant heat systems are to install, there are some key tips that must be followed to ensure that the system performs as intended. And ProLine Radiant makes sure that this information is covered by providing free installation training that addresses all the points that are crucial for a successful install. This interactive training covers all the steps relative to the installer’s project. The training can be scheduled at a time that is convenient for the installer, and only takes about an hour. This is time well spent, and ultimately saves time and money in the long run.

ProLine Radiant’s professional design team also provides detailed system layouts that not only show the system design, cable layout, sensor and contactor panel / controller, but all the system’s technical issues as well. Installers will know the proper layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, and system performance expectations before any installation takes place.

Installing heating cable in mats for heated driveway and sidewalk

When working with ProLine, contractors and installers can be confident that they have the full resources and expertise of ProLine’s radiant heat designers and support staff behind them.

These services are what differentiate ProLine from other providers of radiant heat systems. We take a personal approach and stand ready to assist installers after the purchase. Our goal is not to simply provide radiant heat systems, but to ensure that customers are satisfied with their installations.

Call ProLine Radiant to learn more about our products and service offerings. We offer wholesale pricing and unmatched customer support. Call 866.676.9276 today.

Caring for Your Roof

Keeping Roofs Safe Throughout the Year

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

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

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

What’s the Best Way to Heat a Roof?

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

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

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

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

Heating Gutters and Downspouts

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

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

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

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

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

ProLine Snow Melting Systems and Options

Efficient, Reliable and Easy to Customize

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

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

Long driveway with heated tire tracks

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

Some Heated Driveway Layout Options Include:

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

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

The heating element – Heat resistance cable or PEX tubing.

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

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

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

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

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