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Expanding my Business

Backed by Professionals

Being in the construction business, I’ve learned that in my line of work, it’s either feast or famine. Sometimes I can barely keep up with demand. Other times, well . . . Let’s just say that when business is slow, the more extensive my honey-do list at home is. Funny how it always balances out that way.

A few years ago, when I first read something ProLine Radiant had published about contractors adding revenue by offering radiant heat installations, I barely skimmed over the content. But knowing how temperamental the building industry is, I figured, what the heck, it wouldn’t hurt to learn a little more about this. I revisited the website and read more. It all sounded so easy – almost too easy.

Certainly, I loved the idea of “beefing up my bottom line”, but I was skeptical about taking on a service that I knew so little about. But I persevered. When a customer asked about adding a heated driveway to his dream home, I nervously blurted, “Sure, I can do that.” But later that night I didn’t get much sleep. I didn’t know all the details about a installing a radiant heated driveway. Would it be a hassle? Would it really be worth my time?

I contacted ProLine and quickly began feeling better about my decision to take on the project. ProLine isn’t your typical wholesale provider. While they only provide the materials through a local electrical wholesaler, I was thrilled with the pricing; and their customer service blew me away. I didn’t just receive discounted driveway heating components, I received system design and support services that were second to none. I’d read about their “industry-leading” customer services, but let’s face it, everybody brags about their service, but few actually provide the service they brag about.

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A contractor onsite talking with a radiant heat professional during a heated driveway installation.

Despite being a wholesale provider, ProLine reached out to me and provided FREE installation training. I was able to take the training at home, on my computer via video conference. My instructor was nothing short of outstanding. He took time going over every aspect of my custom installation and answered all my questions. After I completed the training, he gave me his number and insisted that I call if I encountered any unforeseen issues during the installation, or had any other concerns. He was absolutely genuine, and I felt like I had an expert insider whom I could contact at any moment if I had any questions. Having access to that expertise gave me a great deal of confidence to move forward with the installation.

Another service that ProLine offered was their system design. ProLine created a detailed design and layout of the system. This AutoCAD® not only showed the exact layout of the heat cable and other system components, but it contained all the electrical information for my electrician. It was a foolproof document that laid everything out for me. It not only showed the layout of the system, but included information such as the materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, etc. ProLine took care of all the legwork behind the installation. Much to my relief, I didn’t have to be a radiant heat expert. I had access to the best experts in the industry. It felt like the whole installation was a team effort, and ProLine took care of all the heated driveway details, which freed me up to focus on the things that I do best.

I’d read about the benefits that contractors could enjoy by adding radiant heat installation to their services, but I honestly didn’t think it would be this easy. For years I avoided “the hassle” of adding radiant heat installations to my list of services. Heck, years ago I even turned down a job because I felt unqualified, and a bit intimidated, to install a heated floor. Oh, if only I’d known.

Now I imagine that installing a radiant heat system can still be intimidating for first time installers, but I discovered that it all depends on who is providing you with that system. I suppose one could run down to Home Depot and grab some heat cable, and then offer customers a radiant heat installation, but I’m in business for the long haul. I’m going to stick with experts who I know have my back. I like knowing that there’s a deep well of expertise that I can draw from if I need. Sure, I love the discount pricing, but most important to me is being able to tap into ProLine’s experience. I have a team of radiant heat professionals that I can rely on. Ultimately, this benefits my customers and my business. I get the jobs done quickly, and I get them done right. As any other professional in my line of work will attest, there is no better way to ensure a successful future than by amassing a growing list of satisfied customers.

Working with ProLine has proven to be a smart business decision for me. I like telling customers, “Sure, I can do that,” rather than turning down work. I may not get as many days off as I used to, but that’s okay. The chores at home can wait. Plus, I always have retirement that I can look forward to.

For more information about wholesale floor heating, snow melting, and roof de-icing products check out ProLine’s website. If you’re ready to explore the options and learn how you can expand your business, contact a ProLine professional today at 866-676-9276.

Roof De-icing Solutions and Services

Summer is supposed to be vacation time, but for many homeowners, it is often one of the busiest times of the year. Many homeowners are looking to maintain or update their homes while the weather is good. Your business can capitalize on the warm weather by stepping up product offerings that help customers prepare for the upcoming winter months. ProLine’s wholesale radiant heat products can be the perfect choice for professional builders. From heated driveways and floors to roof de-icing and pipe trace solutions, ProLine has you covered. ProLine’s state-of-the-art products give your business options for any customer, budget, and need.

One popular radiant heat offering is roof de-icing. ProLine carries a variety of custom roof heating options, ranging from low-voltage heating panels to self-regulating heat trace cables and more. Self-regulating heat cable is available on spools in a variety of lengths. Its affordability and versatility make the cable one of the most attractive options for protecting roofs from snow and ice damage. (Installing a roof de-icing system can also enhance safety for pedestrians and traffic below.)  

ProLine self-regulating de-icing cable is designed to withstand the harsh winter conditions while providing dependable, energy-efficient operation. The outer jacket of the cable is a flexible UV-stabilized thermoplastic elastomer that protects the irradiated conductive core. Because the cable is self-regulating, the conductive core increases heat output as the temperature falls and decreases the output when the temperature rises. This allows consistent, energy-efficient operation, and prevents the cable from overheating, even if the cables touch. ProLine heat cable’s versatility makes it an excellent option for almost any de-icing need.

Heated roof edges with self-regulating heat cable.
Self-regulating heat trace cable can keep roof edges, valleys, and gutters clear of snow and ice.

Roof de-icing systems using self-regulating heat trace cable can prevent the accumulation of potentially damaging ice and snow. One of the most common – and costly – culprits behind roof damage is the ice dam. Installing heat trace cable along roof eaves can prevent these large slabs of ice from forming.

Ice dams form when warm air in the attic causes the bottom layer of snow on the roof to thaw. The water runs down to the roof eaves, which are colder, and refreezes. Over time, this ridge of ice grows, and eventually, water is trapped behind it, effectively creating pools of water on the roof. The water seeps into every tiny crevice of the roofing, and at night, or when temperatures drop, the water refreezes and expands. This repeated process can threaten the integrity of the roof over time. Eventually, a leaking roof results in water damage within the structure. According to home insurance companies, ice dams are the number one cause behind roof damage. Installing self-regulating heat cable along the roof eaves in a zig-zag pattern creates channels for the run-off, effectively eliminating ice dams.  

Keeping roof valleys clear for runoff is also important, which is why many homeowners and businesses install the self-regulating cable along the valleys. The cable can be easily installed in a variety of custom layouts and applications, making it the ideal choice for installing in custom, problem areas. The heat cable can also be laid out in roof gutters and downspouts to facilitate runoff. This also prevents heavy ice from damaging the gutters, and can help to prevent icicles from forming. Keeping the edges of a roof free of snow and ice also helps to ensure safety for the pedestrian traffic below.

If customers want to heat entire areas on the roof, ProLine’s low-voltage heating system is perhaps the industry’s best, most preferred option. The low-voltage system from ProLine features a flexible, thin, semi-conductive polymer heating element. The system utilizes transformers to step down the high voltage to low-voltage (60 V or less). During fabrication, the element is polypropylene fused, so the heating element is protected from water, alkaline, and salt damage. ProLine low-voltage de-icing systems are also versatile, and can be used under metal roofs, as well as a variety of shingles. Valleys, eaves, entire roofs, or small, custom areas can be quickly and easily heated with ProLine’s low-voltage de-icing system. The performance and ease of installation makes this a perennial favorite of ProLine’s wholesale customers. The low-voltage heating elements can be nailed and stapled through and cut onsite, and are available in 3, 6, 9, or 12-inch widths.

Some customers opt to combine systems to create the most comprehensive roof de-icing solution possible. This is another outstanding option to offer customers. For example, the low-voltage heating panels can be installed under the shingles of the eaves, while self-regulating heat cable is installed in the gutters and downspouts.

One of the many advantages of working with ProLine is having access to its comprehensive support services. ProLine roof heating experts can design a system to meet the needs and budget of any customer. Each professional design includes a detailed AutoCAD® with all the layout, materials and electrical information needed for installation. ProLine’s professional system designers have years of experience designing both commercial and residential systems. A trained ProLine professional will help you with any project from start to finish.

Free, personal installation training is available in person or online via web conference for all customers. If you encounter a problem during the installation, technical support is always available to help resolve any issue. Product literature, installation guides, FAQs, instructional videos, and more are also available online at ProLine’s Information Resource Center.

For contractors and business owners, ProLine’s invaluable customer support services are unmatched by any other wholesale provider in the industry. Customers can be assured that they will have the support of ProLine’s expert staff when they purchase and install a ProLine radiant heat system. ProLine radiant heat professionals are here to back up professional builders, and make sure your customers are satisfied.

For more information about wholesale roof de-icing products check out ProLine’s roof de-icing web page. If you’re ready to make this summer your most profitable one yet, contact a ProLine professional today at 866-676-9276.

Wholesale Radiant Heat Solutions

ProLine – The Bigtime Wholesale Provider with a “Small Town” Customer Service Mentality

For professional builders, finding the best quality products with the best possible prices is instrumental for their success. But, as any smart businessperson will attest, good business doesn’t only rely on quality products. Premier products need to be backed by equally impressive customer service. When you combine reputable products with top-notch customer service, then you have a winner – a winner you can work with.

With this in mind, ProLine Radiant has set the gold standard for wholesale radiant heat providers. Unlike typical wholesalers, ProLine includes comprehensive support services for the end user. These renowned services include free installation training, technical support for installers, and professional system design and layout.

ProLine’s customer service also includes timely delivery. While wait times continue to plague the construction industry, ProLine has utilized its resources and vast warehouse facilities to manufacture and stock its products. Efforts have been made to have an abundance of ProLine’s most popular products in stock to meet the breakneck demands within the building industry. We understand how crucial it is for contractors to not only meet the supply demands, but also the delivery demands of those supplies.

Asphalt driveway with heated tire tracks

Having comprehensive customer services allows contractors to focus on what they do best. ProLine’s service begins with an expert staff of system design professionals. When working with contractors, installers, and home or business owners, ProLine radiant heat experts make the effort to learn exactly what the customers’ needs and expectations are. Then, a system is custom designed to meet the specific snow melting (or heating) needs of the customer, while keeping within the budget. ProLine designers will produce a detailed layout of the system, which includes all of the layout details as well as all the technical information necessary for the electrician, including the precise layout and materials, proper load calculations, breaker sizes, number of breakers, system performance expectations, etc. The system layout serves as a vital “road map” for installers to help ensure a quick and proper installation of the system.

After the system is designed, installers can now receive the free installation training provided by ProLine. Installers can take the training via video conference with an instructor who will cover every aspect of the installation. Attendees can stop and ask the instructor questions any time. Installation training courses are usually completed within an hour, but installers can receive the training at whatever pace they are comfortable with.

While the training covers all aspects of the installation, sometimes installers still have questions, or are confronted by unexpected circumstances during the installation. If that’s the case, no problem. Installers can call and speak with one of ProLine’s dedicated support professionals who will gladly answer their question(s) and assist in any way they can. ProLine is dedicated to providing customers with the best service in the industry. Contractors can rest assured that when they work with ProLine, they are working with a trusted partner who will be there every step of the way throughout the installation process.

ProLine also maintains an extensive online library of instructional videos, photos and illustrations, and product documentation. Customers can watch these helpful videos or read technical product guides at their leisure.

If you have any questions, the pros at ProLine are happy to assist you. Call a friendly representative any time at 866-676-9276.

Commercial Radiant Heat Solutions

ProLine – The Ideal Radiant Heat Provider for Commercial and Industrial Applications

Radiant heated driveways have become more commonplace in neighborhoods throughout the country during recent years. In addition to the proliferation of driveway heating systems, homeowners are also discovering the benefits of installing roof de-icing systems and heated floors. Radiant heat systems are energy efficient, environmentally friendly, and fully automated. Radiant heat is showing itself to be the clean heating – and de-icing – solution of the future.

While residential snow melting and floor heating systems are increasing in popularity, commercial businesses are also taking advantage of the benefits offered from radiant heat. ProLine Radiant provides commercial snow melting, roof de-icing, pipe tracing, and interior radiant heat solutions at wholesale pricing.

Snow melting system installed in large ramp to parking garage.
A commercial parking ramp with snow melting system installed.

Commercial businesses across the country have worked with ProLine to install large snow melting systems for state departments of transportation, government installations, airport parking aprons, carwash bays, commercial parking ramps, and more. ProLine has the products and expertise to design systems for virtually every commercial need.

ProLine has established itself as an industry leader; not only by offering premier quality products, but by providing unmatched customer service. Unlike other wholesale radiant heat providers, ProLine includes comprehensive customer support services that make it easy for businesses to find and install the ideal system for their needs.

Commercial and industrial facilities can find quality solutions at the lowest prices available, and ProLine systems are always backed by preeminent support services. These services include free installation training, comprehensive system design and layout, and technical support for installers during the installation.

Heat trace cable installed in large gutter for commercial roof deicing.
Heat trace cable installed in a large commercial roof de-icing application.

The free installation training is offered online via web conference, as well as in person at ProLine’s headquarters. An experience instructor covers every aspect of the installation, and the training typically takes less than an hour. Installers can stop and ask questions at any time.

Professional system designers also carefully design the system that best meets the customer’s needs. Everything is taken into account, including the electrical demands, layout, and budget. ProLine works closely with its customers to ensure that the ideal system is created for the specific needs of each customer.

Despite the free installation training, sometimes installers may encounter a question or issue during the installation of a radiant heat system. That’s why ProLine has a dedicated staff of installation support personnel on hand. These pros are available to answer any questions you may have, or walk you through any aspect of the installation. This attention to customer service is what differentiates ProLine from other wholesale radiant heat providers.

If your business is looking for any type of radiant heat solution, deal with the professionals at ProLine. You’ll be assured of not only finding the best system for your needs, but in receiving the best customer service in the industry.

For more information, call ProLine today, at 866-676-9276.

Custom Snow Melting Systems

ProLine Offers System Design, Installation Training and Technical Support

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

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

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

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

Heated Driveways

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Self-regulating Pipe Trace Heat Cable

Winter can be a hazardous season, and it seems to be intent on overstaying its welcome this year. Dealing with winter safety issues can be difficult and time-consuming, especially for business owners. Whether you’re dealing with iced-over sidewalks, falling snow or icicles, or snow build-up, running a large business can be overwhelming. Making sure employees and customers are safe is a priority for any business.

Maintenance of less visible or trafficked areas can often be overlooked. One overlooked but vital area can be piping. In an industrial or commercial business, it is essential that pipes are maintained. Winter can lead to frozen pipes, broken flanges, and extensive water damage that can destroy a business. Water damage is a serious problem and can take months to repair. Months of repair means lost income and frustration for business owners. Pipe tracing is one way that commercial or industrial facilities can avoid the hassle of water damage.

ProLine offers industry-leading pipe-tracing systems that are reliable and affordable for any facility. ProLine’s state-of-the-art pipe-tracing systems feature self-regulating UL-listed parallel circuit heat cables. Self-regulating heat cable is the perfect choice for pipe tracing because of its ability to detect ambient temperature. As the temperature rises, the electrical resistance increases. The energy consumption then decreases, assuring each system provides energy-efficient, safe operation. Self-regulation also provides peace of mind, protecting the cable from burning out and overheating.

Pipe tracing system at industrial plant
Pipe tracing system in use at an industrial plant.

ProLine is a leading provider of pipe freeze protection systems across the country and has a variety of cables to meet any need. Constant wattage cable is a convenient, user-friendly, and affordable option designed for consistent heating performance. This cable comes pre-assembled and ready to install.

The most popular heat trace system features ProLine’s pre-terminated 120-volt self-regulating heat cable. Self-regulating heat cable is available in 50, 75, 100, and 150-foot lengths (or custom lengths upon request), and is versatile and easy to install. Pre-terminated self-regulating heat cable also comes with an optional standard 6-foot power plug or a GFCI power plug, so you can choose the best solution for your project.

Self-regulating heat cable is suitable for almost any type of piping, plastic, metal, and even instrument tubing. ProLine self-regulating heat trace cable features a rugged outer jacket. This outer jacket makes it resistant to watery and inorganic chemicals and protects it from impact damage and abrasion. This can be especially important for industrial applications. Self-regulating heat cable ensures that all fluids flow properly through piping over any distance.

Heat trace cable will also effectively protect valves or flanges. Cable is also available for both hazardous, corrosive, and non-hazardous environments. In addition to pipe-freeze prevention, another option for industrial facilities is process temperature maintenance. With pipe tracing from ProLine, any industrial and commercial facility can be sure that they remain productive and profitable during the winter months. Facilities that have piping outside of heated areas are especially vulnerable. ProLine’s heat cable will assure these pipes stay protected from freezing temperatures.

ProLine is a leading wholesale provider of trusted pipe-tracing products. Contractors and business owners who choose ProLine receive efficient products and unparalleled customer service. Every customer has access to ProLine’s free installation training to make sure each system is installed appropriately. Training courses can be completed online with an instructor via video conference at your convenience. All technical specifications and product information are also available online for your convenience.

ProLine also has dedicated and knowledgeable customer service representatives. They will answer any questions you may have throughout the installation process, assuring everything goes smoothly. Contractors can be sure that working with ProLine is a wise choice for their business and customers. If you’re ready to learn more about ProLine’s self-regulating pipe tracing cable and all its benefits, reach out to a ProLine expert today at 866-676-9276.

ProLine Heated Floors

Offer Some Floor Heating Options to Your Customers

Parched from years of drought, the Western States have welcomed the steady flow of precipitation from atmospheric rivers this year. While it hasn’t been fun for commuters, the dousing brought by the Winter of 2022-23 has been a much-needed blessing. Reservoirs in California are finally reaching respectable levels, and more storms are still lining up off the coast, waiting for their turn to slide across the country.

The conditions outside may be less than inviting, but the comfort of a radiant heated home provides a wonderful vantage point to appreciate the snow and rain. As homeowners become more conscious of their carbon footprint, and energy efficient heating, the popularity of radiant continues to boom.

ProLine Radiant is well known for its trusted snow melting systems, roof de-icing systems, and pipe trace solutions. But did you know that ProLine also offers a wide variety of floor heating systems? Radiant heated floors offer the most efficient heating technology on the market today. With electric floor heating systems, virtually no energy wasted.

ProLine’s foremost radiant floor heating system features thin heat-resistance cable, available on spools or pre-spaced in mats. The heating system is ideal for installation under tile, marble, stone, vinyl tile, and a variety of other floor types. The heat-resistance cable is durable, and only about 1/8-inch in diameter, so there is minimal floor buildup.

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

ProLine’s TileHeat cable can also be combined with a waterproof underlayment membrane. The flexible membrane features reliefs that provide channels for the heat cable, granting installers with an easy and accurate way to install the heat cable. The membrane is placed over the subfloor, and the heat cable is installed in the channels. This system can be used with most types of flooring, in all types of indoor and outdoor applications.

ProLine also offers the industry’s preeminent radiant heat system for heating floating floors. This floor heating system consists of ultra-thin “film” heating panels that are thinner than a credit card (just 0.016-inch thick), resulting in no floor buildup. The heating panel is rolled out directly on top of an underlayment, and the floating floor is then installed over the heating element. No alarms, no special tools, and no self-leveling compounds are needed.

Another type of “film” heating is available to heat existing floors. The thin heating panels are stapled up between the floors joists, and batt insulation is then installed over the element to direct all of the heat up to the floor. This is an affordable option for heating floors without undertaking any major remodeling. However, to use this system, one must be able to access the floor, either through a crawl space or basement.

ProLine offers a variety of other floor heating systems as well, and each system can be customized to meet the specific needs of the customer. Any time you work with ProLine, you’ll also be able to take advantage of ProLine’s industry-leading customer services.

Unlike other wholesale providers of radiant heat solutions, ProLine includes some of the industry’s best customer support services. These services include free installation training, professional system design services, and real time technical support.

ProLine installation training is available via video conference. The instructor will cover all aspects of your installation, and answer any questions you may have. Typically, the course is completed in under an hour, but the instructor will take whatever time is needed, depending on the installer(s). A certificate of completion is sent to those who complete the course.

Professional system design is crucial for installing radiant heat systems. ProLine’s design team takes all factors into account to design the system that best meets the specific needs of the customer, including their budget. The system layout/design includes the proper layout of the heating elements, sensor(s), and thermostats, and all relevant electrical information.

Radiant heated floors provide the most efficient heating option today. In addition to offering luxurious warmth, there is virtually no wasted energy with radiant floor heating systems. The systems offer clean, silent operation, that also results in a healthier living environment. Because the systems do not use a blower and vents, dust and other allergens are not stirred up to circulate around the house. This is especially advantageous for homes with small children or the elderly, as well as those suffering from allergies.

For more details about radiant floor heating systems from ProLine, or snow melting systems, call a friendly ProLine representative today, at 866-676-9276.

New Year, New Opportunities

Every new year brings more opportunities to improve your business. But finding new ideas or products that can put your business above competitors can be difficult. Sometimes those “opportunities” are hidden, but other times they might be right in front of you, but you haven’t noticed. Speaking of which, have you explored the options offered by ProLine? We offer wholesale radiant heat solutions that can benefit your customers and build your business.

ProLine has a variety of options that you can offer your customers during the winter months — or any time of year. One of the most popular products for construction businesses is a roof de-icing system from ProLine. Several custom options are available.

The roof is an integral part of the house that many homeowners forget needs protection and maintenance. Snow and ice buildup can cause costly damage and roof deterioration after a harsh winter. Don’t let your customers neglect their roofs. There are de-icing options for every customer at ProLine.

Self-regulating heat cable
Self-regulating heat trace cable for roof de-icing and pipe trace applications.

Whether working with residential or commercial customers, self-regulating heat cable is a proven option for any application. ProLine’s self-regulating cable is perfect for installing on existing roofs, remodeling projects, or new construction. Self-regulating heat trace cable features advanced technology. An irradiated conductive core increases output as the temperature drops and decreases when the temperature rises. Self-regulation makes the cable extremely effective and energy efficient. A rugged fluoropolymer jacket that can withstand the elements protects the core and enhances the durability of the cable. Careful construction and advanced technology allow self-regulating heat cables to perform under virtually any condition. ProLine’s cable is UL recognized and features a 10-year warranty, making it an attractive option for business and homeowners. Self-regulating heat cable is available in a variety of options. This includes a variety of self-regulating cable as well as pre-terminated cable with or without a ground-fault circuit interrupter, and constant wattage cable. Constant wattage cable comes ready to use, and can be quickly installed and plugged in.

Self-regulating heat systems from ProLine also make for easy installation. Popular installations include roof gutters or a zig-zag pattern along the roof edge. When installed in gutters, self-regulating heat cable will protect both gutters and downspouts from heavy ice buildup that causes damage. When placed along the roof edge, self-regulated heat cable prevents snow accumulation. Preventing snow buildup is vital. If snow is allowed to accumulate, ridges of ice can form. These ridges become ice dams. An ice dam traps pooled water behind it, and that water can seep into tiny cracks and ultimately threaten the integrity of the roof over time. Eventually, seepage can lead to hazardous water damage inside the home.

Self-regulating heat cable systems for commercial applications are also vital. When protecting commercial roofs, gutters, and downspouts, you’re also protecting customers and employees. Heavy snow buildup can fall and injure customers, and so can icicles that form along the gutters. Roof de-icing systems can help to enhance safety for pedestrians below.

Low-voltage roof heating systems
Low-voltage roof de-icing system installed to heat roof valley and eave.

Another great roof de-icing product from ProLine to prevent ice dams is the low-voltage de-icing system. This state-of-the-art system has a semi-conductive polymer heating element that is extremely thin, (only 3/64 of an inch). The low-voltage system steps down from high to low voltage to ensure safety and efficiency. Construction of the low-voltage roof de-icing system makes it one of the most advanced and efficient systems available. To assure easy installation and convenience, heating elements are sold in rolls available in 3, 9, and 12-inch widths. The heating element can also be cut on-site and even nailed or stapled through. Installation can be done under shingles, metal roofs, or other roofing materials. Applications include rooftops, valleys, eaves, gutters, and trouble spots. ProLine’s low-voltage roof de-icing system is reliable, safe, and popular in commercial and residential heating applications all over the country.

Self-regulating heat cable is also used for pipe tracing applications. For commercial customers, pipe tracing can be a lifesaver. Ruptured pipes can cause water damage and cost thousands of dollars to repair. ProLine has heat-tracing cable options for any business. Protect pipes, valves, flanges, or other areas easily with self-regulating heat cable. Self-regulation means these cables will never burn out and the cable can adjust the power output to the varying temperatures along the pipe. ProLine’s cable is also suitable for hazardous and corrosive environments.

Whatever products you’re looking at for your business, working with ProLine means top-notch customer service. Professionals are here to help you every step of the way. With ProLine this means professional system design. Every de-icing system includes a detailed AutoCAD that serves as a roadmap for the electrician and installers. Every AutoCAD has the system layout and all electrical information for installation. ProLine also includes free installation training and expert support throughout installation. ProLine’s superior customer service and support are why professionals consistently choose ProLine for their business needs. Contact a professional at ProLine today for more information on our many custom roof de-icing solutions, at 866-676-9276.

Winter Hits with a Vengeance

Year of the Atmospheric Rivers

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Environmentally Friendly Radiant Heat

Radiant heat is appealing to a growing number of home and business owners nowadays. In addition to its environmentally friendly features, radiant heat is also the most efficient heating technology today. The systems are used to heat homes as well as provide snow melting for driveways, sidewalks, steps, ramps, roofs, and more.

Fully automated snow melting systems not only eliminate the need to shovel and plow driveways, but also the need for salt and snow melting chemicals. Salt runoff from driveways and sidewalks can damage nearby plants and grass. When spring time rolls around, the damage can be apparent.

The common solution for homeowners is to shovel and then salt the driveway or walks to prevent ice from forming. This is the typical routine for most of us, but it can come at a cost to grass and other nearby plants. Salt runoff tends to seep into the nearby soil, causing long term damage to the lawn and surrounding landscape. When spring arrives, some lawns reveal the tell-tale signs of salt and snowmelt chemical use. Grass lining the edges of driveways and sidewalks looks brown and dead.

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The effects of salt runoff from a driveway.

While the landscape can often bear the scars of winter, the cold, wet season can also take a toll on concrete driveways. “Spalling” is an unfortunate problem with some concrete driveways and sidewalks.

The term “spalling” refers to the crumbling, or disintegration, of the surface of a concrete slab. The damage is typically limited to less than a quarter of an inch deep. The smooth, finished surface breaks apart, and the rougher stone aggregate is revealed below. But why do some concrete surfaces crumble like this?

For the most part, concrete is very stable and permanent; however, it is also porous, so it will absorb water. During winter storms, small amounts of water can be trapped inside the concrete, where it freezes at night and pushes the cement binder apart. The expanding and contracting ice/water eventually breaks down the surface, causing the top layer to crumble. (Frozen water expands about 10%, which is enough to push areas of the top layer upwards, resulting in spalling.) So, in addition to helping to preserve the health of the adjacent lawn, radiant heat can also help to prolong the lifespan of concrete and paved driveways.

The obvious benefit of radiant heated driveways is the elimination of plowing or manual snow removal. The systems also greatly enhance safety. Automated snow melting systems have a built in “afterrun” function. This safety feature forces the driveway heating system to remain on for a short time after the snowstorm to dry the surface. This prevents slick ice from forming on the surface, while eliminating tiny pockets of water from freezing and damaging the concrete from within to dramatically reduce the chance of spalling.

In addition to the “convenience” features, radiant snow melting systems provide a host of other features and benefits. Some of these include:

Maintenance free: Once an electric snow melting system is installed, there’s no need for regular maintenance. Because these systems have no moving parts, they are virtually maintenance free.

Environmentally friendly: Clean operating snow melting systems help to preserve the health of nearby plants and grass by eliminating the need for harmful salt and harsh snow melting chemicals.

Fully automated: Radiant driveway heating systems are fully automated. The systems feature embedded heat cable, an advanced snow sensor (activation device), and a controller or contactor panel. The activation device is a compact, durable, high-tech snow sensor that detects temperature and precipitation. When precipitation is detected and the temperature is below the set point (typically set at 38°F), the sensor signals the controller, and then power is sent to the heating elements to warm the surface and prevent the accumulation of snow. (The systems also feature manual override capability so it can be manually triggered to deal with snowdrifts or other issues if needed.)

A radiant snow melting system at an outdoor mall.
A radiant snow melting system at an outdoor mall.

Safety: One of the most obvious benefits of automated snow melting systems is that of enhanced safety. The systems stand ready to activate when needed, assuring that sidewalks, steps, driveways, and other areas remain clear of snow and ice during the winter season.

Versatile, easy to customize: Automated driveway heating systems are easy to customize. The systems can be tailored to meet the homeowners’ precise layout, as well as their snow melting needs and budget. Small areas of a driveway can be heated, or heated tire tracks or any other configuration can be installed. ProLine professional system designers have provided layouts for commercial and residential customers throughout the country.

ProLine carries a wide range of industry-leading products. In addition to these proven products, ProLine also includes unmatched customer services, including free installation training, installation support, and professional system design and layout drawings. ProLine is the trusted wholesale provider of premier radiant heat solutions. For more details, call a friendly radiant heat expert today, at 866-676-9276.