Warmup Electric Snow Melting Mat System

By Robert Robillard on Home And Personal Safety, How To

WarmUpInstall.CambridgeMA.11.15.BenCarmichaelPhotography-26Warmup Snow-Melting Mat Applications

Warmup snow-melting mats are uniquely designed for parking lots, driveways, patios, pavement, and stairs. They are suitable for embedding under concrete, asphalt, or pavers, but there are a few specifics to be aware of in each case:


The Mats should be covered with 2” of sand and not be buried more than 4” underground, including  the thickness of the pavers.


The Warmup mat cable is the only cable that can withstand direct contact with hot asphalt until the asphalt cools. Do not use rollers that weigh more than two tons, however; in fact, hand rolling is preferred.


Ensure the pour is not more than 4” thick. To ensure that the mats stay with-n the 4-inch depth I use zip ties and fasten the mat to a 6×6 metal grid, re-mesh or wire mesh. This allows me to shim up or lower the mat as needed to maintain the proper depth in poured concrete.

Tip: To maintain proper mat depth, the grid height can be maintained with bricks or pulled lower during pour.

WarmUpInstall.CambridgeMA.11.15.BenCarmichaelPhotography-9Electrical Considerations

If you’re considering an electric snow melting system, you first need to determine if your home or business can accommodate the electrical demand. An electrician will do this for you.

All Warmup Mats are rated for 208-240-277V applications, and require a licensed electrician for the electrical portion of the installation.

Note:  Warmup does not make 120 v mats, only 240v and 480v.  They work at 208 and 277v and on 3-phase.

On our project we needed 70 amps / 240 volts to run this system. The electrician needed to install an additional 100-amp service to accommodate the new driveway system.

The Warmup Design Process

Standard Warmup mats are offered at widths of either two or three feet, and can be ordered at any length between five and 60 feet.

The cables can be embedded up to 4” deep. They’re either laid out as tire-tracks or side-by-side for full coverage melting.

Warmup worked with us to design a custom-fitted system and supplied a drawing and complete instructions on how to correctly install our system. Warmup project managers approve the design with you and follow the project through to the end.

I was impressed with the level of customer attention, hands-on expertise, coordination, and follow-through Warmup provided.

Their effective customer service and sales manager, who also is a hands-on guy, helped us weed out installation and layout risks and ensured quality control and project success.

Warmup also offers 24/7/365 technical support. I found this to be key since I often will do installations past normal business hours and on weekends.

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