Proper installation of our radiant heating products is critical to customer satisfaction. When installed correctly, Warmquest’s radiant heating products perform effectively and efficiently, providing deicing on roofs, gutters, and downspouts, snow melting for sidewalks and driveways, or heated floors in your home.

Our talented installation manager, Joe Leyva, has compiled a walkthrough of best practices to assist those installing Warmquest products.

Meet with Client

First, installers should meet with the client to review the design and intent of the purchased system. Whether a snow melting, roof deicing, or floor warming project, knowing the expectations of the client along with the original design agreed upon during the sales cycle will help you determine how and where components of the system should be installed.

As part of this meeting, the installer and client should review:
  • The areas that are to be heated
  • The location of the activation devices
  • The location of the control units
  • Any other special requirements of the job

Meet with Relevant Contractors

During or shortly after this meeting, installers should meet with the other trades that will be involved (electricians, concrete contractors, roofing contractors, tile setters, wood flooring installers, etc.).

When meeting with them, be sure to cover:
  • The scheduling of the installation and how that affects them
  • Special requirements or installation methods that may be different or foreign to other contractors when incorporating an electric radiant heating system
  • Precautions that should be taken when working around or over the heating element
  • Last, ensure all parties have your contact information in case they have questions or accidentally damage the heating element.

Design the Layout

Before beginning the installation process, it is important to design the layout of the heating element.
  • Verify the spacing needed to generate the required watts per square foot.
  • Verify the amount of heating element needed.
    • For low voltage systems, verify that it is between the minimum and maximum range for the specified transformer.
    • For fixed length systems make sure that all of the heating element will be installed evenly and with correct spacing.

Install the Heating Element

With proper planning completed, begin with the installation of the heating element. Following the design layout as well as the manufacturer’s procedures, secure the heating element.

Once installed:
  • Check and document the lengths of the heating element on low voltage systems.
  • Perform the heating element testing required by the manufacturer.
    • Record these testing results as they could be used as a reference point in the future.
  • Inspect the element to confirm that it has not been damaged in any way.
    • If there is damage, make the needed repairs.
  • Document the installed heating element and layout with photographs.

Part 2 of this guide, including information on activation devices, testing, and control units can be found here.

For videos, manuals, and more on installing Warmquest’s products, check out the Installation Resources section of our site.