Category Archives: Roof Deicing

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.

4 Types of Ice Dam Damage

iciclesIt is hard to think about snow and ice in the middle of August, but winter will be here before we know it. This time of year is the best time to start preparing for winter woes like snow removal and ice dams. If you have ever struggled with ice dams you know how important proper preparation can be. Ice dams can cause serious damage to a structure and cleanup can cost thousands. Here are four things to watch out for.

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Under Roof Deicing Systems vs Heat Tracing Cables

roof deicing system

Warmquest provides several options for roof deicing and ice dam prevention. Depending on your project and end goals a system can be developed specifically for your project. Before buying, it is important to understand the benefits of each option.

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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

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.

US Snow Infographic

Looking to move somewhere with ample snow? Or perhaps you are fed up with the snow the latest storm left on your driveway. We’ve put together this snow infographic illustrating some of the snowiest places in the country.

Looking for the major US city with the most snow? Syracuse, NY gets over 10 feet per year. Most snow in a single storm? Silver Lake, CO holds that record with nearly 8 feet. Browse the graphic for additional facts and data, then head over to our post on how much snow weighs and try not to feel overwhelmed.

US Snow Facts

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