Snow and ice buildup makes outdoor stairs dangerous in winter. That is why at Heavenly Heat we are committed to providing the best snow melting anti-icing systems to help keep you and your loved ones safe.
What is Stairs and Porch Snow Melt System?
Stairs covered with snow and ice can be hazardous. Stairs and porch snowmelt system allows you to enjoy the outdoor winter weather without the task of shoveling snow from your stairs and porch. Shoveling snow is a tedious task, especially if you are not accustomed to it. A great solution for both home and business owners is a stairs and porch snow melting system. Snowmelt stairs and porch are complete with heating cables placed beneath the surface padding. They heat the stairs’ surface making snow and ice melt and providing the proper traction for people’s shoes and boots. Your stairs and porch can benefit from the Heavenly Heat snow melting system, available in both cables and mats.
Many people use their stairs daily but rarely think about them until the winter season, when the stairs are covered by snow and ice. When the snow starts falling and ice forms, they begin to worry about slipping and devising ways of shoveling the stair system. You can make all the difference by installing the Heavenly Heat snow melting system. The effective snowmelt system will melt all the snow and ice for you, saving you from the stress, hassle, and hazardous ice melt chemicals. Our cable snow melting system is fit for installation in motor, concrete, and asphalt.
How Do Heated Stairs and Porch Work?
A Heavenly Heat heated stairs and porch system is connected to control that clicks the system on at the first sign of moisture below freezing. We design our snowmelt systems in a manner that they click early to ensure that your stairs and porch are ice and snow-free. Heated stairs and porch are advantageous for homeowners who do not have the physical ability or the time to remove snow using other snow removal methods. The snow melting system will keep your stairs safe and usable during the winter season.
Will the surface of your stairs and porch remain wet with the melted snow? Heavenly Heat stairs and porch ice melting systems continue to run for some time after the snow stops falling. The heat from the snow-melting system will evaporate any water from your stairs. Instead of slippery stairs, you will have clean and dry concrete or pavers. Heavenly Heat stairs and porch melting systems allow you to do away with chemical snow melting agents, some of which might be toxic. You will have it much easier when you don’t have to physically shovel snow from your stairs or porch.
Types of Heated Stairs and Porch
Heavenly Heat stair and porch snow melting systems are available in both mats and cables. Our snow melting mats prevent snow and ice accumulation on your stairs, both at home and in residential settings. Snow melting mats are popular because they are easy to install. The heated stairs and porch mats roll out conveniently, at the right spacing, helping to save time during installation. The mats are available in different sizes in terms of lengths and widths. The mats provide heat of up to 50 watts per square foot, which makes them effective for snow and ice removal in any climate.
The mats are designed to remain outside throughout. You should install the snow melt mats before winter starts; for the best results, the snow melting system clicks on before snowfall and melts any snow that comes into contact with it. The mats are usable on most surfaces, including stone, asphalt, concrete, and wood deck. You don’t need to go outside and turn on the heating system manually because our snowmelt system automatically clicks on upon detecting temperature changes.
We also provide stair and porch heated cables. Heavenly Heat embeddable electric heating cables produce 12-watts of heat per linear foot, translating to around 50-watts per sq. ft. The cables are embeddable in asphalt, concrete, or mortar under pavers. Installing a Heavenly Heat cable-based snow melting system on your stairs and porch means that you can enjoy ice and snow-free outdoors year-round.
When to Install a Snow Melting System on a Stair or Porch
The best time to install a snow melting system on your stair and porch is during construction. It is easy to embed the system in concrete, asphalt, sand, or fine gravel during construction. You should fully imbed the cable in the construction material. The construction material acts as a conductor, helping distribute the heat and prevents cable burn out. While installing the cable, the ideal minimum cable covering is 2″ while the maximum cable coverage is 4″. Minimizing the height on top of the heating cables minimizes ramp up time.
You should keep several factors in mind when installing a snow melting system for your stairs and porch. Your stairs treads should range between 11 and 12″ inches. This way, you can get four passes of well-spaced heating cables in each of the treads. You should leave some room for handrail mountings if your stairs include stair-mounted handrails.
How you embed the snow melting system on your stairs and porch will determine the system’s effectiveness. If the embedment is too deep, the system will not effectively melt ice and snow. If the embedment is too shallow, it might expose the snow melting system. Shallow embedding may cause the snow melting system to overheat and malfunction.
Placing the heating cables too close together may lead to overheating and cable damage. On the other hand, placing the heating cable too far apart may decrease heating efficiency, making them unable to provide maximum snow melting. Proper spacing of heating cables helps to provide maximum efficiency.
What is the cost of a Stairs or Porch Snow Melt System?
The cost of a snow melting system for your stairs and porch will vary depending on whether you use snow melting mats or snow melting cables. Compared to the snow melting mats, snow-melting cables are more cost-effective but also more time consuming to install. Snow melting mats are costlier than the cable but are much easier and less time consuming to install. The cost of snow melting systems also varies depending on the type of voltage. The size and the width of snow melting mats and the number of mats your project requires will determine their cost.