Category Archives: Snow Melting

Pedestal Paver Heating Solutions

Pedestal pavers are growing in popularity. These systems allow for drainage in hardscape areas on rooftops and are growing in use for deck, patio, and other paving applications across the country.Pedestal Paver Snow Melting

In areas with harsh winters and heavy snowfall keeping ice and snow off of pedestal pavers presents a challenge. Shovels and chemicals can damage pavers and the raised pedestal structure makes it impossible to heat the pavers using traditional methods. This is where our Pedestal Paver Snow Melting System comes into play. With a unique, patented pan system that installs seamlessly between the pedestals and the pavers, we are able to utilize our Hott-Wire mineral insulated cable to melt snow and ice, while maintaining the drainage benefits offered by pedestal paver systems.

Hott-Wire is the heating element of choice for projects large and small nationwide, having been used in government, commercial, industrial, and residential projects. Hott-Wire operates on 208/240/277 or 480 volt power, making it a versatile solution for a variety of projects. Cables are custom made to fit the needs of each project.

Heated Pedestal PaversPedestal Paver Snow Melting pans are also customized for each project. Our design team can help you evaluate the needs of your project and design a complete snow melting solution including Pedestal Paver Snow Melting pans, Hott-Wire cable, relay panels, and your choice from a variety of activation options. Warmquest continues to support each project after an order is placed, providing installation and technical support to stakeholders.

Switches, Sensors, and Timers- Activation Options for Snow Melting and Roof Deicing Systems

When installing Snow Melting or Roof Deicing systems, there are a number of options for activation available. Do you need an automated sensor or will a manual timer work? Do you want the system activated when it snows or just when it is cold? Should you use a pavement mounted or an aerial sensor? With all the options available, let’s take a look at which options Warmquest recommends for various solutions.

Manual Timers
Timers and other manual switches are recommended with most of our systems. These options are great for pairing with an automated sensor to provide the option to manually activate the system if needed.

A manual switch may be sufficient on its own for activating a system in a less critical area. If you would be alright with waking up in the morning to a snow covered driveway or arriving at the office and finding snow built up from an unexpected storm then a manual timer will likely suffice. It is important to note that accumulated snow acts as an insulator and is harder to melt than falling snow.

Temperature Sensors
Temperature sensors are most commonly used in conjunction with our roof deicing systems. Particularly for commercial and other critical areas, a temperature sensor will operate the system whenever the temperature is below a configurable temperature point. This is useful for roof deicing as ice dams are frequently caused by snow melting and refreezing on the cold roof.

Some sensor models also have a temperature floor which turns the system off when it is below a set point, or too cold for melt to occur. This allows our systems to be more efficient.

Snow Sensors
Combination temperature and moisture sensors are our recommendation for most snow melting applications. These sensors activate a system when the temperature falls below a set point and moisture is detected on the sensor head. This ensures the snow melting system will run during a storm and for a configurable amount of time after.

When selecting a snow sensor, you have several options. The most common distinction is whether the sensor is aerial mounted or embedded in the pavement. Our pavement mounted sensors offer the most flexibility, with the controls for configuring the sensor mounted separately from the sensor head. This allows the controls to be configured from indoors.

Aerial mounted snow sensors typically mount along the roof eave, in a clear area where they will catch falling snow. This means to avoid trees, overhangs, and any other obstacle that could prevent the sensor from activating.

We advise you discuss your project goals and needs with a Warmquest expert to decide on the best activation option for your system. With more options available all the time, including wi-fi and other smart home technologies, Warmquest can provide a solution tailored to your project.

Warmquest Now Carries SnowMeltz Heated Driveway Mats

We are excited to announce the latest product offering by Warmquest. Our SnowMeltz snow melting mats provide an additional option for those looking to melt snow and ice on concrete, asphalt, or paver surfaces.

Each mat consists of a constant wattage heating cable laid out in a pre-spaced mat form. SnowMeltz mats are easily rolled out and installed, providing a DIY friendly solution for heated driveways, sidewalks, entryways, ramps and other key areas. These mats operate on 208V/240V/277V power and are available in 37 or 50 W/Sq. Ft. watt densities. Mats are available in a variety of lengths for covering various square footages.

SnowMeltz mats can be paired with any of our activation and sensor options to create an automated system to keep snow and ice at bay all winter long. The mats will also utilize our jumper system to provide added protection in concrete joints.

With the addition of SnowMeltz to our line of snow melting products, consumers will have a Good (SnowMeltz), Better (Hott-Wire), and Best (Tuff Cable) option for their snow melting projects. For pricing information and assistance in developing a customized solution for your snow melting needs, please contact our experts at 877-877-4724.

Tuff Cable or Hott-Wire: Choosing the Best Snow Melting System for Your Project

Warmquest is pleased to offer two of the finest snow melting solutions on the market. Our Tuff Cable and Hott-Wire products have been installed worldwide, providing snow and ice melting on government, commercial, industrial, and residential projects.

Let’s take a look at the differences between these cables.

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Heated Decks: A Look at the Options

heateddeckLooking to heat your deck? You aren’t alone. We receive many calls seeking the best snow melting solution for many types of decks. From clearing an entire surface to providing a path to a barbecue or hot tub, snow melting systems create year round access.

Let’s take a look at some of the best deck heating solutions and approaches.

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