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Membrane Roof Deicing

Roof Deicing Under Membrane Roof Covering Materials

By Steven D. Bench

Managing Member, Heatizon Systems

Heatizon Systems makes roof snow melt and deicing products that utilize one of two different heating elements, Tuff Cable or ZMesh. Tuff Cable, a copper cable surrounded by an insulator which is surrounded by a jacket, is designed to be utilized in a Heatizon Heatsink Kit under medal and other electronically conductive roof covering materials. ZMesh, a bronze product that is approximately 1/16th of an inch thick, is designed to be installed under non-conductive roof covering materials such as composite, shake, asphalt, and fiberglass shingles as well as membrane roof covering materials.

In the testing performed by Intertek Testing Services N A Inc., immediately prior to ZMesh receiving its listing to UL Standards and CSA regulations, it was noted that ZMesh, when surrounded by insulation on all six (6) sides, reaches a temperature of approximately 125 degrees F at normal operating conditions. Of course when melting snow and ice off of roofs ZMesh is not surrounded by insulation and the roof temperature at the time the ZMesh is energized is typically be between 30 and 38 degrees F resulting in an expected operating temperature substantially below 125 degrees F. In the event the roof covering manufacturer establishes a particular maximum exposure temperature for his product that is below 125 degrees F it is very easy to control the maximum temperature achieved by the ZMesh using a temperature probe that shuts the system off in the event ZMesh exceeds the maximum set point.

When selecting which roof covering materials may be put over ZMesh it is important to obtain answers the following questions:

  1. Will the roof covering material, and any adhesive material or technique required to attach it, be adversely affected by the alloy bronze?
  2. Will the roof covering material and any adhesive material or technique required to attach it, have an adverse affect on ZMesh?
  3. Can the roof covering material withstand a temperature below it equal to 125 degrees F? If the answer is no then a temperature sensing device must be utilized to establish an upper temperature shut off.
  4. What is the R-Value of the material under the ZMesh?
  5. Is the R-Value of the material under the ZMesh greater than the R-Value of the roof covering material?

Over the past eleven years, ZMesh has been successfully installed and operated under many projects that have also utilized membrane roof materials. These projects include the Ramirez Home is Salt Lake City, UT, the Post Office in Ketchum, ID, and Sarnafil’s membrane roof covering manufacturing facility in Canton, MA.

In the event you need additional information of Heatizon Systems ZMesh roof snow melt and deicing products please do not hesitate to contact us.

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Electric Radiant Product Myths

The Real Myths When Comparing Low Voltage & Line Voltage Radiant Heat Products

by Steven D. Bench – Managing Member of Heatizon Systems

A couple of years ago Warmzone Management LLC (“Warmzone”), an internet marketer of some Radiant Heating and Snow Melting Products and former distributor of Heatizon Systems ZMesh Roof Snow and Ice Melting Products, discovered that competing against Heatizon Systems award winning Radiant Heating products was difficult. Unfortunately, rather than accepting the challenges inherent in a competitive marketplace, Warmzone decided to attempt to fool its potential customers with an article titled the “Myths of Low Voltage Verses Line Voltage Radiant Systems” November 6, 2008, By Warmzone.

Normally, Heatizon Systems does not respond to negative advertising and marketing campaigns and, as a result, we have not responded to Warmzone’s article until now. Heatizon Systems decided to make an exception in this case because of the amount of misinformation contained in Warmzone’s article and we chose to do it now because, as one of our customers recently pointed out, it is irresponsible for Heatizon Systems to allow our past and prospective customers to be exposed and possibly influenced or confused by the non-factual misinformation contained therein.

Warmzone’s “Myth 1: Low voltage radiant systems are safer than line voltage.”

Fact 1:

Safe products are easy to identify by simply making certain that they are Listed to UL Standards or Certified to CSA Standards by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory like Intertek/ETL, UL, CSA, and others. Both low voltage and high voltage systems can be safe. Low voltage products, like Heatizon Systems’ ZMesh, Tuff Cable, and Floorizwarm, incorporate computer technology designed to constantly monitor and shut the systems down in the event the current changes. On the other hand, high or line voltage products, like Heatizon Systems’ Heatwave, GutterMelt, Hott-Wire, Radiant Trak and Cozy Heat use circuit breaker safeties that shut the systems down in the event the insulation between the current carrying conductors and the grounding shield becomes compromised.

Warmzone states: “The real question we should be asking is how durable is the cable against damage and how well is the cable insulated.” Of course we cannot speak for other manufacturer’s products, but Heatizon Systems’ Cozy Heat, Floorizwarm, Hott-Wire, and Tuff Cable products are all tested and Listed by a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory, have been successfully installed in/under asphalt and concrete, under pavers and into thin-set in thousands of projects and have been serving customers heating and snow melting needs since 1979.

Warmzone states: “Some low voltage heating wires are NOT designed for embedment. These have only a thin layer of plastic and a heating element that is THHN/THWN wire. This wire is intended for interior use NOT in concrete, asphalt, or under pavers.” Don’t be fooled by Warmzone’s misleading and inaccurate statements. All low or high voltage heating element have protection insulators made of materials that look like plastic but actually they are PVC, or HDPD. Tuff Cable has been melting snow, warming floors and heating spaces for over 30 years, so don’t tell it or the happy customers that it serves, that it wasn’t designed to be embedded. Heatizon Systems Cozy Heat, Floorizwarm, Hott-Wire and Tuff Cable heating elements are all listed, come with industry leading warranties and have been tried and proven for many years. Just goes to show you how little some companies selling Radiant Heat and Snow Melt products really know about Radiant Heating Products.

The fact of the matter is that both low voltage and high voltage snow melt and floor heating cables can be damaged and both are designed to be embedded into a material that will draw the heat away from them resulting in a nice even heat across the surface. In the event either low voltage or high voltage cables are damaged both can be repaired. Low voltage cables tend to be much easier to repair because they do not have a shield to contend with.

Warmzone’s “Myth 2: Low voltage radiant systems cost less to run than a line voltage system.”

Fact 2:

To the extent low and high voltage electric Radiant Heating and Snow Melting cables are designed to deliver the same, and the correct, amount of energy to the surface and, provided they are activated in an identical environmentally friendly fashion, the energy consumption is identical.

Heatizon Systems’ low voltage products typically are energy misers because they are easy to customize to deliver the perfect amount of heating or melting energy to the floor or slab and because their output can be changed by the length of the heating element, the spacing between runs of the heating element and the size and tap of the transformer. All line or high voltage electric Radiant Heating and Snow Melting cables, except for Gutter Melt SR, Hott-Wire SR and other Self Regulating Cables, are designed to deliver a fixed wattage per linear foot so the energy per square foot delivered to the floor or slab can only be customized by increasing or decreasing the space between the lengths of cable.

Self Regulating Cables, like Heatizon Systems’ GutterMelt SR and Hott-Wire SR Heating Cable, are designed to deliver fixed wattage at a certain temperature within a medium such as air, ice water, concrete, etc. The watts per square foot delivered by Self Regulating Heating Cables can be adjusted by changing the spacing between the lengths of cable in a manner similar to other line or high voltage products.

In many high voltage applications the dedicated electrical service and thus the energy consumption is greater than it needs to be because the project is designed around the output of the heating cable instead of heating cable being designed to serve the ASHRAE requirements of the project. Heatizon Systems and its Distributors are trained to design and help you select the low or high voltage products that will best satisfy the needs of your project and keep the energy consumption to a minimum.

Warmzone’s “Myth 3: Low voltage systems are easier to repair. Both line voltage and low voltage cables are easy to repair. Simply remove the bad section of cable, add in a splice kit, cover it back over with whatever surface it’s in, and the system should operate as normal.”

Fact 3:

Warmzone is correct in that both low and high or line voltage cables are repairable. However, the presence of a ground shield on all high voltage cables makes repairing them more time consuming and difficult.

Warmzone states: “Low voltage systems are NOT more efficient.” Properly designed and installed low voltage and high voltage electric Radiant Heating and Snow Melting products are nearly 100 percent efficient. As a result of the high efficiency of these products, correct design and installation becomes essential in order to minimize energy consumption and costs. Heatizon Systems and its distributors design all of Radiant Snow Melting projects in North America to the American Society of Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Engineers (“ASHRAE”) Standards and all Radiant Space Heating projects are designed to the requirements of an objective Heat Load or Heat Loss Calculation.

Heatizon Systems provides Design and Installation Instructions with all of its products and calls for them to be installed per the National Electric Code (“NEC”) in the U.S. and the Canadian Electric Code (“CEC”) in Canada.

Warmzone “Myth 4: Low voltage systems offer a better warranty.”

Fact 4:

Heatizon Systems backs its products with, no gimmick, straight forward, and industry leading warranties. We challenge you to find a better warranty to cover your investment.

Unfortunately some of Heatizon Systems competitors prefer gimmicks like: “one year extendable to 10 years” if you do this, that and the other, or “covers 5 times the cost of the cable” if you return it to a foreign country for verification that it is defective. Once again Heatizon Systems backs its products with, no gimmick, straight forward, and industry leading warranties. If you prefer one with gimmicks be sure and call us once you discover you need a Hott-Wire or Tuff Cable retro-fit to replace our competitors failed cable or deny your warranty claim.

Warmzone states: “Some low voltage warranties are very deceiving. They boast a 25 year warranty period, but when examined closer it is found that the 25 year warranty only covers the heating wire.” What is the point of this very interesting statement? Is Warmzone, an internet marketing company and not a manufacturer, saying that the manufacturers of the line voltage products that it markets warrant more than the heating cables? This I need to see with my own eyes and you should too!

Warmzone’s “Myth 5: Both systems provide sufficient heat.”

Fact 5:

Properly designed low voltage and line voltage products provide sufficient heat to satisfy ASHRAE’s design requirements for snow melting and the Heat Load requirements for building heating.

Warmzone’s “Myth 6: Low voltage systems in most snow melting applications do not meet the ASHRAE standards.”

Fact 6:

Unfortunately, it appears that Warmzone does not understand Heatizon Systems’ low voltage technologies and that it either has not read or does not understand the portion of ASHRAE Handbook that deals with “Snow Melting and Freeze Protection”.

In the event Warmzone understood Heatizon Systems’ Tuff Cable Snow Melt Products it would know that it can deliver up to 24 watts per square foot when installed on 6 inch centers, up to 36 watts per square foot on 4 inch centers and up to 48 watts per square foot on 3 inch centers.

ASHRAE is a very valuable design tool which indicates the watts/Btu needed to melt snow in certain geographic locations and suggests maximum spacing between heating cables. ASHRAE does not differentiate between low and high voltage cables. Heatizon Systems offers a variety of low voltage and high or line voltage Radiant Snow Melting Cables to its discriminating customers.

Warmzone’s “Myth 7: Both systems are UL Approved.”

Fact 7:

Heatizon Systems low and high voltage Radiant Snow Melt, Radiant Floor Warming, Radiant Roof Snow and Ice Melting and Radiant Space Heating products are all Listed to UL Standards and Certified to CSA Standards by Intertek a Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory equivalent to UL and CSA. Each of Heatizon Systems’ Authorizations to Mark is available for download at Heatizon Systems makes its Authorizations to Mark easily available and it encourages other manufacturers to do as well.

Warmzone states: “Make sure to do thorough research before purchasing any products, which means checking for proper safety certifications and standards, and you won’t regret it.” Heatizon Systems agrees that you will never regret purchasing one of its line and low voltage products because all of them have earned the right to be listed to UL Standards and Certified to CSA Standards.

Warmzone: An Internet Marketing Company – Not a Manufacturer

These companies do not make any of the products that they sell and the revolving portfolio of products that they carry make it imperative that their prospective customers fully understand why the suggested product is the best solution for their needs and exactly who stands behind the warranty. By failing to be an informed customer you may be satisfying the profit and other objectives of the supplier rather than the exacting needs and requirements of your project. As a buyer, you do not want your purchase decision to be based on recommendations, and/or suggestions motivated more by profit margin than by the long term satisfaction of you, the customer.

Heatizon Systems has nothing more important to do than making certain that its customers are happy with its products for the long term. As a result, Heatizon Systems encourages its prospective customers to make well informed purchase decisions when evaluating which low or high voltage Radiant Heating and Snow Melt product will best satisfy their needs. In an effort to facilitate prospective customer education Heatizon Systems provides complete information on its website, and has a talented and experienced team waiting to help you answer questions at (801) 293-1232.

Heatizon Systems is proud of its fine low and line voltage products that are sold under the following names: Cozy Heat, Floorizwarm, GutterMelt, Heatwave, Hott-Wire, In-Pipe, Out Pipe, Inivizmelt, Radiant Trak, Tuff Cable, Tuff Cable in a Heatsink Kit, and ZMesh.

Tired of Shoveling Your Driveway?

Outdoor Snowmelt Systems are becoming more popular

By Ann Robinson and Annie Schwemmer

December 14, 2007

Did you ever hear your dad say, “Shut that door! Are you trying to heat the whole outdoors?”

Well, today a whole industry has sprung up with just that goal in mind.

Several factors contribute to the rise of outdoor heating technology: First, we are living outside more these days in outdoor rooms and kitchens.

Also, it seems people have less time for shoveling or just prefer to get exercise in the controlled atmosphere of a gym instead of hard labor. Finally, there is a greater emphasis on making and keeping our homes and businesses safe and accessible for all members of society.

Heating your driveway is one of the most popular outdoor heating applications with obvious advantages, especially in the midst of a Utah winter

Driveway stays free of ice and snow with heating system. There are two basic choices — electric cable or hot water systems. (Heatizon)

There are two basic choices for driveway heating — electric cable or hot water systems. You cannot add such a system to an existing concrete driveway without completely removing and replacing it. Snowmelt systems can be used with a variety of materials including concrete, asphalt or pavers, though concrete is usually the material of choice.

There are three main elements of a snowmelt system — the heating element, the controller and the activation device. The heating element can be either electric cables or piping/tubing that circulates hot water. The controller is a wall-mounted control box for electric systems or a boiler for hydronic (hot water) systems. Hydronic systems also require other parts like pumps and manifolds needed to operate the system. Both types use either manual or automatic activation devices.
Manual devices are simply on/off switches and are less effective because they may not always be started before the storm arrives.

Automatic sensors include aerial-mounted and pavement-mounted snow switches. These sensors activate the system when there is moisture present and when the temperature drops below 38 degrees. Since automatic systems run continuously at low levels, they respond more quickly to a storm than the all-on/all-off approach of the manual start systems.

When a new concrete driveway is installed, steel reinforcing bars are placed throughout the area to strengthen the concrete and to prevent cracking and settling in the new drive. The heating elements of the snowmelt system (cables or piping) are set on top of the wire mat prior to the concrete pour. It is possible for a homeowner to install this piping or cabling, though, in the words of one manufacturer, it requires an “ambitious” do-it-yourselfer. Connecting the heating element to the controller will most likely require the help of an electrician or plumber, depending on the type of system.

The controlling system must be installed in an area protected from the elements, often a basement or garage. The water-based system, including a boiler and manifold system, requires more room than an electric system and will need an area from 4 feet to 8 feet in diameter.

The cost of a snowmelt system ranges between $12 and $21 per square foot of area heated. Factors that affect the final cost include: whether or not you must remove an existing driveway; the price of concrete (which varies depending on the location of the project and market demand); the installation labor; what type of control system you select, and the size of the system required. Obviously, while you are at it, you can also heat sidewalks, ramps and exterior stairs if you want an entirely maintenance-free design. The cost of operating such a system is approximately $0.28 per 100 square feet per hour.

There are other options for outdoor heating that we will discuss next week. Remember that while pricey, the advantages of a snowmelt system extend beyond never having to shovel. Your home will reap additional benefits such as never again having anyone get stuck in your driveway, providing a much safer, slip-free situation, avoiding the use of environmentally damaging chemicals and adding value for resale.

Article written by Ann Robinson and Annie Achwemmer the founding principals of Renovation Design Group, a Salt Lake City based architectural firm specializing in residential remodeling. See examples of Home Renovations on their website. This article posted on with written permission from Renovation Design Group. © 2005 Renovation Design Group. All Rights Reserved. No part of this publication may be reproduced in any form or by any means without the prior written permission of Renovation Design Group.

Hot Talk Newsletter – February 2016

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Snow Melting 

Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

Distributor Spotlight – Comfort Radiant Heating

Our next distributor spotlight is here!

We spent some time talking Heatizon products in the Northeast with Russell from Comfort Radiant Heating in NY. Learn more about this great company, the services they provide, and take a look at some of their projects in this article.

DIY Floor Heating with Heatwave products

Remodeling? How about adding some radiant heat? Our Heatwave mats and cables are the perfect DIY solution for warm floors and feet. Available in 120V or 240V these mats and cables pair with one of our thermostats for a simple radiant solution. For larger areas multiple mats and cables can be chained together.

New Low Voltage Control Unit

The Radiant 8 is here! Learn more about this low voltage control unit, and the advantages it can bring to any interior or exterior radiant heating system.

Hot Talk Newsletter – January 2016

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Snow Melting 

Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

Heatizon is Turning 20!

We are celebrating our 20th anniversary this year and have plenty to be excited about! Our teams have been busy developing new products and applications, while our distributors continue to work on innovative and cutting edge projects.

Stay tuned for exciting updates as the year goes on!

Distributor Spotlight – Warmquest

As part of commemorating 20 years of serving our customers, we would like to feature and highlight each of our distributors over the year.

This month, we sat down with Shawn Wright, Sales Manager at Warmquest, to talk about our oldest and largest distributor.

Lakeshore Lifestyles bringing Heatizon to Western Michigan

Michigan is home to many of our products, and we are excited to continue that with the addition of Lakeshore Lifestyles as a distributor.

Hot Talk Newsletter – December 2015

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Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

Coming Soon!

Heatizon Systems Hott-Wire is being installed as part of the Chicago Bus Rapid Transit project. This project, consisting of 8 platforms will be the central loop in the cities improved bus system. Each of these 8 platforms is heated with our mineral insulated Hott-Wire system and activated by temperature and moisture sensors to keep these high traffic loading areas clear from snow and ice.

This large project is expected to wrap up by the end of the year. We are looking forward to the ribbon cutting and seeing these heated platforms in action.

Learn more at:

Photo Courtesy of Warmquest

Happy Holidays from Heatizon

Heatizon Systems would like to wish all our clients and supporters a happy and safe holiday. We look forward to working with you in 2016.

Next year will mark the 20th anniversary of Heatizon Systems. Stay tuned for new products, new distributors, and other news.

Installing Radiant Heat in the Winter

By now most of North America has had its first cold snap. If this has convinced you to upgrade your home or business with radiant heat, then there are a few things to know first.

Hot Talk Newsletter – November 2015

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Snow Melting 

Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

Heatizon and Kalb Corporation Bring Radiant Heat to Illinois

Heatizon Systems is pleased to partner with Kalb Corporation in Oneida, Illinois as an authorized distributor. Kalb Corporation supplies Heatizon’s line of snow melting, roof deicing and floor and space heating products to Illinois and the surrounding area.

Heatizon Featured in Reeves Journal

We were featured in this Reeves Journal article. Check it out for our thoughts on radiant heat, electric versus hydronic systems, and unique applications!

Ice Dams: Where Do They Come From?

Ice dams have recieved a lot of media coverage in the past year.

Take a look at what causes them.

Hot Talk Newsletter – October 2015

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Snow Melting 

Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

The Benefits of a Custom Radiant Heat Solution

With all the options for radiant heating systems, learn how Heatizon and our distributors provide tailored solutions for each project.

Radiant Heat Experts Continue to Innovate

Radiant heating has been in use for millennia and is constantly evolving. Early evidence indicates that floors heated by channeling smoke from fires through trenches under the stone floor were built in Asia as early as 5,000 BC.

Snow Melting with ASHRAE

Most companies sell snow melting products at a set amount of watts per square foot. Heatizon does things a bit differently.

Hot Talk Newsletter – September 2015

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Snow Melting 

Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

Winter Is On Its Way! Time to Install Radiant Heat

Fall has arrived and winter will be here before we know it. Take advantage of the time left to get your roof deicing and snow melting projects installed before it is too late.

We have materials in stock and ready to ship anywhere at a moments notice. Give us a call to find out how we can help you with your next project. For electrical services in Utah see this Salt Lake City Utah Electrician.

Installing Hott-Wire in Hot Asphalt

One of the many selling points of Heatizon’s Hott-Wire MI cable is that it can be installed in hot asphalt with minimal accommodations. This durable cable is capable of withstanding the heat as well as pressure from the tools and equipment used.

Heating Things Up For 20 Years

Heatizon, pronounced “Heat Is On” began manufacturing its unique line of low voltage radiant heating products nearly 20 years ago in 1996. In the years since then we have added a whole range of products for snow melting, floor and space heating, and roof deicing.

Hot Talk Newsletter – August 2015

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Roof Deicing 

Floor Warming & Space Heating 

MI Cable: A History

Heatizon’s Hott-Wire MI cable traces its origins back to 1896 when the first patent for Mineral Insulated Cable was issued. The cable was used on ships and other projects in the years leading up to World War Two when it was used in military equipment. MI cable is very durable and used frequently in powering and controlling critical equipment including nuclear reactors, fire alarms, and emergency systems. The 1930s saw the use of MI cable in Heat Tracing with cable designed specifically for this use entering production in the 1950s.

Radiant Heat FAQ’s

Have a question about radiant heat or any of our products? Check out our FAQ’s.

Electric Floor Heat in California

In this article from our archive, we take a look at radiant heat as a supplemental heat source in California.
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