Are snow melting cables as effective as snow melting mats?
Warmup snow melting mats and snow melting cables are the exact same cable. If snow melting cables are spaced the same as snow melting mats, (3″) they are as effective.
Warmup offers two forms of surface heating: snow melting mats and snow melting cables. The only difference between snow melting mats and snow melting cables is that snow melting mats have heating cable pre-fixed on a mesh for a quick installation in a regularly shaped space.
While both options feature the same exact cable, installation instructions vary.
For Regularly Shaped Spaces
Square or rectangle-shaped spaces would qualify as a regularly shaped. For these areas, Warmup recommends the use of snow melting mats. Snow melting mats have heating cable pre-fixed on a mesh for quick installation of 50 watts per square foot.
For Irregular Shaped Spaces
Stairs or curved spaces would qualify as irregularly shaped. For these areas, Warmup recommends the use of snow melting cables. Snow melting cable options are supplied on a spool so that cable can be custom-laid. To get the same heat-output as the snow melting mat, the cable must be spaced at 3″.