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Snow Melting Systems


Our snow melting systems work by incorporating embedded heating elements into an outdoor surface to not only melt any accumulating snow and ice but the system can also be ran after the snow stops to help evaporate the leftover water. A snow melting system not only makes your life much easier in the wintertime, it also helps protect you and your loved ones. And while that peace of mind is certainly priceless, you'll be pleasantly surprised to learn just how affordable our snow melting systems actually are! With our snow melting systems, you can stay warm and cozy inside while the system does all of the work. Learn how snow melting systems can work for driveways, walkways/paths, accessibility ramps, or even stairs.


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WarmlyYours was a great customer experience with very helpful sales staff in Pedro. I purchased the Snow Melt Cable, small transformer and the new WiFi switch. A small and simple install designed for my new concrete steps and short pathway to the drive.
— Clive H. in Bergenfield, NJ

Heating Solutions for Asphalt, Concrete & Pavers

We offer a selection of snow melting systems that heat driveways, patios, walkways, or stairs and can be installed in asphalt, concrete, or under pavers in mortar. Our snow melting systems are available in two formats: mat and cable. The mats are designed to deliver 50 watts of heat per square foot and allow for quick and easy installation. The cable system allows for maximum flexibility and generates 12 watts per linear foot. Our systems are available with a selection of different controls, each with different specifications to sense things like air temperature or moisture on the pavement.

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  • 10 Year Warranty
  • C$10 - C$20 per sq. ft.
  • Up to 50 Watts per sq. ft.
  • Available in 120/240 VAC
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  • 10 Year Warranty
  • C$8 - C$16 per sq. ft.
  • Up to 50 Watts per sq. ft.
  • Available in 120 VAC, 208 VAC, 240 VAC, 277 VAC

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Snow Melting System Control Options

Once you've decided what type of heating system, you'll need to choose a control for your snow melting system. WarmlyYours offer a selection of controls, ranging from a basic manual control to our premium option that provides the ultimate in convenience and hands-off operation. We even offer an affordable and user-friendly WiFi control that can be configured so that the heating system can be controlled remotely or can be energized based on real-time weather events.

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Snow Melting System Design Guides

Our snow melting systems can be used to keep nearly any outdoor surface clear of snow and ice. From heated driveways to outdoor patios, WarmlyYours has spent many years helping heat a huge variety of projects. Check out some of our Snow Melting Design Guides with great install photos, product pricing information, and much more.

 

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Why Install Snow Melting?

  • No More Shoveling Finally put away the rock-salt and shovels and start enjoying winter again.
  • No Harmful Chemicals Do away with chemical melting agents, which will be easier on your pets and your vehicles.
  • Peace of Mind Melts the ice and snow, providing a safe passageway for you and your family, as well as guests to your home.
  • Easy to Install No pipes, boilers, tubing, tanks or noisy pumps to install.
  • Affordable Most systems are inexpensive to run and require no regular maintenance.
  • Safe CSA certified for outdoor use in the US and Canada.

Why Choose WarmlyYours?

WarmlyYours provides free design services to make sure that customers purchase the heating system that best meets their project requirements.

  • Free Installation Plan We provide a free, no-obligation SmartPlan™ with every quote, often within 1 day.
  • 24/7 Installation Support We're here to answer your questions every day – year round – round the clock.
  • Fast Shipping & Simple Returns With same day shipping nationwide, we're committed to getting your order to you on time. Plus, we don't charge restocking fees for unused products.
  • Unbeatable Warranty Our snow melting heating elements are covered by a 10-year limited warranty against defects in material or workmanship.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is it okay to cut the heating cable if it is too long for the application for which it was designed?

Never cut the heating cable. A heating cable will not work if it has been cut. If the heating cable is too long, call WarmlyYours to consult with a technician who will guide you in utilizing the additional length of cable.

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How does the electric snow melting system compare to hot water tubing (hydronic) systems?

The material costs are similar. However, electric systems are easier to install, with fewer components and significantly lower maintenance costs. Electric systems will run for a shorter period of time to give the same level of performance but with much higher energy efficiency (typically 95%-98% efficient). Controls and sensors required for the two types of systems are very similar. Electric systems do not usually require slab insulation and do not create the concerns typically associated with hydronic systems. These concerns include, but are not limited to, return temperatures, flue gas venting, waterway shrinkage and property damage caused by leaking pipes or tubes.

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Should I use mats or cable to install a snow melting system in outdoor stairs?

We suggest using cable to heat stairs as it is easier to route between the separate stairs. 

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Does the factory splice need to be completely embedded during installation?

Yes. The manufacturer's splice that connects the heating element to the cold lead should be entirely embedded in a noncombustible material (like asphalt, concrete, or mortar) within the outdoor surface that is being heated. 

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May I cross or overlap the heating cable?

Never cross, overlap, or allow the heating cables to touch each other. Doing so will quickly cause a circuit failure due to excessive heat build up. Always follow the product instructions and/or design layout plan to ensure the cable is installed with the correct spacing required for proper operation.

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How much power does the snow melting system use?

Power requirements are measured in Amps and based on three factors: the watts per sq. ft. of the snow melting cable or mat, the area powered and the voltage used for the application. Our product is rated at 50 watts per sq. ft., so that is a constant factor. Most snowmelt projects are powered with 240V AC – not all, but most. The one factor that is always variable is the area to be heated/powered. That is based on your project. For a point of reference, let’s use the example above of a 350 sq. ft. concrete patio.

The formula is (50 W/sq. ft. x area of 350 sq. ft.) / V (240V) = Amps, so 17,500 / 240V = 72.9 Amps

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May I cut the cold lead wires?

The electrician may shorten the cold lead wires during the installation. Any lead wire extensions/splices must be made in a junction box in accordance with the installation instructions, and must comply with all national and local electrical codes. Never cut the heating cable.

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How much does a snow melting system cost?

A snow melting system typically costs between $8.00 and $20.00 per square foot. However, you'll also want to keep in mind the cost of a control, and if required, sensor/s for your snow melting system, which will add to the cost. Use our free Quote Builder to get an idea of how much a system would cost for your project. 

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How quickly do these systems melt the snow?

That depends on a number of variables (like the temperature outside) but generally speaking these snow melting systems are designed to melt 1" - 3" of snow per hour. Anything above 3" per hour is typically considered blizzard conditions. 

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When do I need a relay panel?

When the design requirement's amp draw exceeds the selected controller's capacity.

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Will I need a new / expanded electrical panel for my snow melting system?

Always confirm the power requirements with the electrician. Large snow melting systems usually require a new electrical panel or electrical service. Contact WarmlyYours for a quotation, indicating the actual power capacity available, and to obtain recommendations for reducing the power consumption. For example, opting for tire track coverage rather than installing the snow melting system over the entire driveway can dramatically reduce power requirements.

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Can this be used with pavers?

Pavers can be removed and reinstalled for a retrofit application of our snow melt system. Tire tracks are not typically recommended for paver surfaces, so any retrofit application would most likely need to be full coverage. In this case, it should be treated like a brand new installation, just with existing pavers.

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What is the lowest temperature that a snow melt system can handle?

Our systems can handle low temperatures, but many controls come equipped with a Low-Temperature Lockout Feature. This feature prevents the system from running in very low temperatures. At very low temperatures it can become difficult for the system to effectively melt the snow. It is however possible to turn off this feature should you need the system to keep running during such low temperatures.

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How much does the snow melting system cost to operate?

To calculate the system's approximate operating costs, multiply the total kilowatts of the system by the cost per kilowatt in your area. Let's use the example of a 350 sq. ft. of concrete patio (residential application), with 240 VAC.

Total Watts: multiply area in sq. ft. x 50 Watts
350 x 50 = 17,500 Total Watts

Kilowatts: (the unit in we purchase electricity) take the Total Watts and divide by 1000
17,500 Total Watts / 1000 = 17.5 Kilowatts.

Kilowatt Rate: use the national average of .12 cents per Kilowatt-hours so how much do we pay for 17.5 kWatts?
17.5 kW x .10 = $1.75 for every full hour of operation.

Hours of Operation: We use a typical 6 hour snowfall for our example.
$1.75 x 6 hours = $10.50 for that snowfall.

All of this will vary due to "after-run time". "After run time" is where the system remains on extra hours after the snow has completed falling, to ensure complete pavement snow melting and drying.

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What happens if the cable is damaged during the installation?

If a cable is damaged during installation, recheck the system for continuity and confirm the integrity of the insulation with a megohmmeter, or "megger" tester, referring to the installation and testing instructions. If the cable fails any of these tests, take the following actions: clear a 3 foot square working area around the damaged section of cable, and record the cable part number from the UL tag and the location where you purchased the product. Call WarmlyYours with the above information. WarmlyYours will provide further assistance and supply a splice kit suitable for repairing the particular cable.

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Can Snow melting products be installed under permeable pavers?

Yes.  Information on how to install under permeable pavers can be found in section 4.6 of the Installation Manual

.  Excavate 18” and fill with #2 aggregate/stone.
.  4” of #57 stone
.  2” of #9 stone to serve as the paver setting bed.
.  The heating cable is installed within the #9 stone layer.

To maximize the amount of heat transferred from the heating cable to the pavers, the stone separating the cable and pavers needs as much contact with both as possible. Crushed stone with fines transfers the most heat, but doesn’t drain, so it isn’t used in a permeable installation. Instead, smaller drainage stone (#9) is used because it has more contact with the cable and transfers more heat than larger stone.
Note: do not install the cable at the top so it’s touching the pavers. Potential movement by the pavers over time could wear through the protective coating of the cable and short out the entire installation.

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For outdoor systems, will I need a sub-panel?

Most outdoor systems will require an additional or sub panel to handle the amperage of the snowmelt system.

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Does WarmlyYours supply wire used to send power from the house/main circuit/relays to the junction boxes?

No, additional wiring is supplied by the electrician.

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What voltages are available for snowmelt?

120, 208, 240, 277 voltages.

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Can I get custom cold leads made for my order?

No. Each snow melt mat comes with a 20‘ cold lead.

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Can the snow melt cold leads be lengthened or extended?

No, cold leads need to run protected in approved conduit into a junction box. In the junction box they may be attached to wires carrying voltage from the main circuit.

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Where does the aerial sensor get placed?

In an area free of obstruction and able to detect rain or snow, yet low enough so that it is easily accessible if service is needed. Atop a fence post or on an 'L' bracket on the side of a building are common.

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At what depth do the snow melt cables need to be?

Minimum is 1.5“ and Maximum is 2.5“

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What is the wire spacing for snow melt cables?

3“ from wire to wire

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How do I test the Snow Melt cable or mat?

Test the product using a digital ohm meter as shown here.  Also test the snow melting product using a Mega Ohm meter as shown here.  And this video shows how to do the Ohm test.

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Does the 'My Leviton' app's schedule override the Leviton WiFi switch when I manually turn it on/off?

If the app has scheduled turning on/off the towel warmer, it will override the manual setting.

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The Leviton WiFi switch is turning off the product even though the 'My Leviton' app is not programmed to do so, how can I resolve this?

If the WiFi switch is not functioning to the My Leviton app's schedule or settings, it is recommended to either update the firmware of the WiFi switch from the Leviton app or, reset the WiFi switch by turning it on/off at the circuit breaker controlling the switch.

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Can WarmlyYours Snow Melting Heating System be installed within a sand and gravel base with quartzite stones on top?

Yes, WarmlyYours Snow Melting Heating System can be installed with quartzite stones. Start with 4” to 8” (102mm to 203mm) of crushed rock aggregate base. Rebar or wire mesh should be staked on top of this base and then heating cables or mats will be tied to this mesh with plastic zip ties. Heating system needs to be covered with 1” to 1.5” (51mm to 76mm) of finished mortar or sand. Stone Pavers will be installed on top but must NOT be any thicker than 2.5” (63.5mm). See cross-section in the documents section and in the manual.

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What in addition to the snow melt mat/cable do I need from WarmlyYours for an install?

Once you've decided what type of heating system (manual vs. automatic), you'll need to choose a control, which may or may not utilize a sensor. You may need a relay panel(s) depending on the size of the system, and a snow melt plaque which is required by the National Electric Code. Junction box(es) may be optional depending on the distance of heating cable from the indoor power location.

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What temperature can the snowmelt cables/mats withstand?

The snowmelt cables/mats can withstand direct contact with asphalt temperatures of up to 464°F (240°C).

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Is this product sufficient to melt the snow in our area? Also, about what will this product cost to use per day?

A properly designed and installed system will handle most snow melting demands. Some snow events may have a very rapid snow fall rate, and some may not. No 2 events are ever exactly the same. Our system typically can melt 1“-2“ of snow per hour, on average. However, it is important to understand that a system may not melt snow at very cold temperatures. This is simply because the system cannot generate enough BTUs to overcome the heat loss generated by very low temperatures.
In order to estimate cost of operation, the Warmly Yours Electric Snow Melting Operating Cost Calculator is a useful tool that can help illustrate what it would cost to operate the system.

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What is the purpose of the Low Temperature Lockout Feature on certain snow melt controllers?

This feature prevents the snow melting system from running, by default, in temperatures below 17°F (–8.33°C), or as set by the user. At temperatures this low, it becomes difficult for the system to effectively melt the snow. It is, however, possible to turn off this feature should the system be required to keep running during these low temperatures.

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How does Retrofitted Snow Melting work for an existing concrete patio?

One option is saw cutting the grooves into the existing concrete for cable placement and filling the remaining grooves with a sealant. This depends on the preferred finished surface, an alternative option may be to install the cable or mat over an existing surface, overlay in mortar and then have brick, stone or tile installed on top. When working over an existing concrete surface, ensure that the heating cable never crosses the existing expansion joints.

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Does the mat require a sensor to go with it?

No, a sensor is not required with the snow melt system. However, certain automatic controllers require a temperature/moisture sensor to sense atmospheric conditions and may also require an in-slab, high temperature limit sensor to be installed (notably, asphalt installations).

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What is GFEP?

Ground fault equipment protection (GFEP) is intended to provide protection for equipment against damaging line-to-ground currents by disconnecting all ungrounded conductors of the faulted circuit.

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Why a GFEP breaker and not a GFCI breaker?

This NEC-required protection for fixed outdoor deicing and snow-melting equipment may be accomplished by using circuit breakers equipped with ground-fault equipment protection (GFEP) of 30 mA. It is important to understand that this required equipment protection is not the same as a 5 mA GFCI used for personal protection.

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Why isn't a temperature sensor required for all installations?

It depends on how the system is intended to operate. If the expectation is manual operation (ex. WiFi or Timer Control), then no sensors are required. If the expectation is automatic operation, then the system will require at least one snow sensor.

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Can I install electric heating cables in my pool deck?

The US National Electrical Code prohibits electric heating cables in pool decks. Please check with your local Authority Having Jurisdiction to see if your local code allows this, as local code overrides the national code.

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How should the Cold Lead be installed for patios/walkways/driveways?

The electrician must route the cold lead(s) through rigid metal conduit(s) or other approved means, to get back to an accessible weatherproof junction box(s). Care must be taken by the electrician so that none of the heated section of Cable enters the conduit(s).

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For outdoor systems, does the lead need to be in conduit outside of the structure?

Yes, the leads are not direct burial rated. The leads must be protected in compliance with local electrical codes.

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For outdoor systems, what type of junction box is needed?

Any outdoor rated plastic, watertight junction box will be acceptable.

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What type of conduit should I use to bring power to the heating cables?

Each heating cable comes with a factory installed cold lead wire that must be routed through the rigid metal 3/4" conduit to a outdoor rated junction box where a simple wire nut connection can be made for the electrical hook-up.

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Could 240V snow melting cables be used with 208V power?

Yes, but the cables will have a slightly reduced heat output. The wattage will be 87% lower, so that means instead of 50 Watts per Sq. Ft., the system will provide around 43.5 Watts per Sq. Ft. That is why WarmlyYours now stocks 208V cables. 

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Will the snow melting system heat the riser or lip of the stair?

When heating stairs, we recommend minimizing or eliminating overhangs/lips on stair surfaces. It is very difficult for the heat to reach these protrusions, as heat only transfers, at most, 2" to 3” laterally from the cable. This is why we recommend placing a run of the heating cable right at the front edge of the stair, which will help keep this area clear of snow or frost as much as possible. The riser of the stair is not heated--only one run of cable goes down the riser to reach from an upper stair to a lower stair.

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What is the minimum depth for the layer of noncombustible material needed beneath snow melting heating elements?

The layer of noncombustible material needed below snow melting heating elements must be at least 2" deep. 

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If I'm using landscaping rocks over my snow melting system, how deeply should the heating elements be embedded?

We recommend that the layer of landscaping rock be no deeper than 2.5". If the snow melting heating elements are embedded any deeper than that, then the system may not yield satisfactory results.

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Will the snow refreeze into ice once melted?

All of our automatic controllers have a Hold-on time feature after the initial warming up of the snow melt system. This feature ensures that all the snow is melted from the surface, and also that the system continues to operate and evaporate the surface water without it refreezing.

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Can I retrofit a snow melting system to my existing concrete or asphalt driveway?

Yes, you can retrofit a snow melting system into a preexisting driveway made of concrete or asphalt. You can do this by using an appropriate tool to cut properly spaced lines (or trenches for tire tracks heating) in the surface. Then you can place the the heating elements in the lines (or trenches) before sealing them with either hot asphaltic sealer for asphalt retrofits, or backer rod and expansion joint sealer (SikaFlex or similar) for concrete retrofits. Of course, you'll want to make sure this step is done in accordance with the filler manufacturer’s recommended procedures. Check out our snow melting retrofit guide for more information about this process. 

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How deep should snow melting heating elements be embedded in an outdoor surface like a driveway or walkway?

To ensure optimal performance, snow melting heating elements should be installed so that they are consistently 2"-3" from the finished surface. For installations using pavers, the maximum thickness for pavers installed over heating elements is 2.5". 

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Do radiant heating products have polarity?

Electric-resistance heating cables and systems have no polarity. This includes all current WarmlyYours heating elements.

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Could I secure the snow melting heating element to chicken wire before embedding it?

No, chicken wire is too flimsy. A rigid framework without sharp edges, such as rebar or wire mesh, needs to be used to ensure that the embedded heating system is the proper distance from the finished surface. We recommend that the heating system is secured to the rigid framework with plastic zip-ties. 

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Does it affect life of the existing driveway?

This type of installation should not significantly affect the longevity of the driveway. Be sure to have a professional for your surface material type evaluate this during installation.

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Snow Melting Customer Reviews

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Excellent quality product. Installed for patio door threshold last summer. Used it a couple times last winter to make sure it worked, it did. I still shovel the stoop and the rest of the concrete, need the exercise anyway. But the heater is there if needed.

Km in Glenwood Springs, CO

Great, easy to use product

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The mat was an easy install under pavers. The walkway was on North side of home and doesn't see much sun during the winter and was tough to keep clear without excessive salt. We set the walkway on a timer which works excellent when we need it. Thank you for a great, easy to use product!

Todd B. in Auburn, ME

Great product. Easy to Install. Customer Service is Awesome!

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Great product. It is easy to install and works great. The customer service as awesome and delivery was faster than ordering from a local dept store. I will buy more when the cabin is ready for flooring.

Tsk in Edmonton, ALBERTA

Snow Melting Cable is DIY Friendly and Easy to Install

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As a DIY, I really appreciated the snow melting cable because it is so heavily jacketted I had no trouble with damage, testing the cable before and after proved that it withstood whatever it had to during installation. I love that it has a built-in return connection; meaning the cable doesn't have to make the "run" back to the relay panel - this made the install so much easier.

Rocco in Woodbridge, ONTARIO

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