Total Roof Deicing: Pairing Under Roof Systems with Gutter Tape
Friday, 23 September 2016 16:32
Much has been written about Ice Dams on our blog. Causes, symptoms, preventative measures, and more have been detailed previously. While there are many things you can do to combat the buildup of ice and snow on the roof of your home or business, there is only one total solution.
Warmquest is proud to carry the ONLY roof deicing products tested and listed to UL standards for installation beneath the roof surface. Our ZMesh and Invizimelt under roof deicing systems provide a heat to virtually any portion of your roof. Rather than loose cable systems strewn over the top of the roof, ZMesh and Invizimelt spread heat evenly over entire portions of your roof. This gives you complete deicing, removing snow and ice from the entire heated area.
With Invizimelt or ZMesh you can heat any trouble spot on your roof. Eaves, valleys, flat roofs, crickets, dormers and any other area where snow and ice accumulates can be kept completely free of snow and ice.
Now that your roof is clear, complete the system by pairing it with industrial grade GutterMelt for the gutters and downspouts. This self-regulating cable keeps melting snow and ice flowing all the way to the ground.
GutterMelt can be paired with ZMesh and/or Invizimelt to form a comprehensive system. Combined with a snow sensor and a gutter sensor, the system can be activated when snow first falls and set to run until the water has flowed off the roof and out of the gutters. This combination is extremely effective for thoroughly eliminating ice and snow problems from your roof.
When you want to do more than manage or remove ice dams. Talk to the Warmquest team about how to prevent them completely!
When is it Too Cold to Install Radiant Heat?
Friday, 16 September 2016 14:55
As 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.
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
Tuesday, 30 August 2016 10:26
It 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.
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.
One 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.
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.