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Repairing Radiant Heat

Tic Tracer

Tic Tracer

One of the many strengths of electric radiant heat is the simplicity of repairing the heating element if something ever goes wrong. Warmquest works with unique, low voltage products which offer a significant benefit in the ease of installation and repair. This grants Tuff Cable and ZMesh incredible longevity, allowing these systems to handily outlive their 25 year warranties and frequently the surfaces they are installed beneath. The life span and reparability granted by these systems is a significant factor in the choice to use low voltage snow melting, floor heating, or roof deicing products.

Electric radiant heat benefits from being solid state, with no parts to wear out or maintain. The heating elements are generally protected as they are covered or embedded. In the rare situation that something does need to be repaired, Warmquest’s low voltage products make things simple.

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When is it Too Cold to Install Radiant Heat?

cold weather installAs winter approaches it is time to finish up most construction and renovation. However if you are thinking about adding radiant heat, whether for snow melting, floor warming, or roof deicing, you may have time yet.

Mother nature can limit installation of Warmquest’s products, but it’s not as bad as you might think. Read on to learn what can be installed in the cold of winter.

Heated Floors and Spaces
Weather won’t halt the installation of these interior systems. Warm up your toes and enjoy the luxury of radiant heat by installing a system at any time!

Snow Melting Systems
If that first snowstorm of the season is what it takes to remind you how much you hate shoveling, then you are in luck. Snow melting systems can generally be installed in cold weather. Plan for a nice dry day and get that heat in! You would want to check with your concrete or asphalt contractor on any limitations for pouring new surfaces. Retrofit installs only need to be warm enough for the sealant to cure. Our team can advise on proper conditions for a retrofit installation.

Roof Deicing
Heated roof systems is one application you might have to wait till spring for. Pulling your roof off in the middle of winter to install ZMesh or Invizimelt may not be an option. However if Ice Dams have got you beat, our GutterMelt can be installed all winter long. GutterMelt may not provide the comprehensive solution of an under roof system, but it is very effective at controlling ice dams and providing a path off the roof for melting snow and ice.

Don’t let the cold stop you from adding radiant heat. To get project specific recommendations and guidance, call one of our experts at 877-877-4724.

Heated Driveways: Joint Jumpers in Concrete

Tuff Cable Jumper

Tuff Cable Jumper

When you invest in a heated driveway system, you want it to stand the test of time. That’s why Warmquest provides the highest quality products on the market, with industry leading warranties, and no moving parts to wear out over time. The cables and systems we offer are durable and robust, providing heat winter after winter.

With the heating cables being embedded beneath the surface they are protected from just about any outside force allowing them to operate undisturbed. The rare exception to this is if the heated surface heaves, shifts, or cracks.

This is most commonly seen in concrete installations. Concrete contractors use crack control joints to minimize and control cracking. This allows Warmquest to plan ahead for cracks and protect the heating cables. To accomplish this we use special Joint Jumpers.

Jumper kits allow our heated driveway cables to cross through the pre-planned crack control joints with extra protection. Installers can plan ahead to minimize the number of cables crossing the joints, and then jumpers are installed to protect these critical spots.

For our Hott-Wire systems, the MI Cable Jumper Kit consists of a protective metal shroud that is easily installed over the cable providing durability and protecting the cable against the shearing forces of moving concrete.

Hott-Wire Jumper

Hott-Wire Jumper

Our Tuff Cable jumper kits are even more unique. Taking full advantage of Tuff Cable’s ability to be cut to length in the field, the Tuff Cable jumpers consist of a section of our cold lead (a heavy, durable wire that is also used to bring power to the system) surrounded in a protective sheath. The Tuff Cable is simply cut and the jumpers spliced into place where the cable crosses a crack control joint.

When you install a heated driveway or snow melting system you expect it to last. Our jumper systems provide added durability and protection and when coupled with our rigorously tested products and industry leading warranties, you can rest assured your system will do its job for years to come.

2016 RCI Show: Warmquest Heads to Orlando

RCIThe Warmquest team is looking forward to participating in the 31st Annual RCI International Convention and Trade Show in Orlando, FL next week. The RCI show brings together professionals in the roofing and waterproofing industries and has been a great experience when our team has attended in previous years.

Members of our team will be in Orlando from March 11-14. Warmquest will have representatives and demonstrations set up at booth #712 at the Rosen Shingle Creek Resort. Stop by for a look at our unique roof deicing and snow melting solutions. Samples and product information will be available for those interested.

Warmquest provides electric radiant heating solutions to projects across North America. Our unique solutions include the only systems listed for deicing beneath roofing materials. We also provide exterior snow melting and interior floor and space heating products. With decades of expertise the Warmquest team can provide design and installation assistance for any commercial or residential project.

Replacing Flooring or Roofing over Radiant Heat

zmesh-under-woodOne of the selling points for our electric radiant heating systems is their longevity. In many cases, our low voltage systems will outlast your floor or roof! Today we thought we’d take a look at what precautions you can take while replacing your floor or roof covering with our products underneath.


ZMesh is a very versatile heating element and can be easy to work around when installing a new floor or shingles as long as proper care is taken.

First, the old floor or roof covering must be removed without damaging the mesh. Take care when pulling the nails from wood floors or shingles to not damage ZMesh, and do not cut carpet over the ZMesh. Additionally, the transition plates must be protected from damage.

Tuff Cable

For cable systems embedded in mortar or a similar material, it is often very difficult to replace the flooring without damaging the heating element. Tile should be removed carefully without disturbing the mortar bed, and then a new tile install can be done over the top of the embedded cable.

Keep in Mind

Some additional things to remember for any system:

  • Know where your cold leads are (the start and stop points that lead back to the control unit). If the heating element needs to be replaced, and the cold leads are in place and accessible, there is a great chance you will be able to connect new heating element to the existing cold leads and reuse the control units.
  • In flooring installations, you will want to keep an eye out for a floor temperature sensor. If your system has one you should avoid damaging it while tearing out the floor.
  • If the cable or mesh is damaged, a repair may be possible. Consult your installation manual for details on this process or contact our technical support team at Warmquest.
  • Always make sure to turn the breaker off before working on any electrical system.

If you plan to redo a floor or roof with a Warmquest system installed, give us a call first. Our trained experts can give you detailed guidance related to your specific system and project.

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