Frost and snow protection

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Safety Solutions provided by Electric Heating 

Safety Solutions provided by Electric Heating​

Whether it's hotel guests, office workers, or public building visitors, they all deserve safe and snow-free access to the building at times when snow and ice are a factor.​

Electric heating solves the seasonal challenge with energy-efficient systems using electric heating cables to protect construction against snow, ice and frost damage. Electric heating is a sustainable solution for a green and clean future through low energy consumption during the winter period, allowing you to keep your roofs and driveways dry and safe during the winter.​
 
Installation of an ice and snow melting system ensures a steady solution to address cold-weather-related problems.  ​

The heating system for outdoor consists of three main components: 

  • Heating element (cable or mat with suitable specific output)
  • Controller (it can be digital with moisture and temperature sensors or analogue with temperature sensors)
  • Accessories depending on chosen equipment (e.g. clips, fixing tapes or others)

The heating cables or mats that are installed underneath or inside the constructions that should remain free from snow or ice. The system is controlled electronically and equipped with sensors. Once they detect a combination of low temperature and high humidity, the control system activates the electric heating element which warms up the area.​

It is not always necessary to heat the entire surface.

For garages and driveway only the small areas where the vehicles tires are in contact with the surface need to be secured. For driveways with steep angles, a linear drainage system is required to drain the water from snow and ice melting. This channel must also be protected from freezing. 

For stairs, the cables are laid in the form of loops arranged across the steps, maintaining a sufficient distance between the adjacent sections. On new constructions, the installation is laid on the surface of the stairs and overlaid with a concrete layer with a thickness of three to five centimeters. On old stairs, the cables should be placed in grooves and overlaid with concrete, with the addition of plasticizer. Concrete should adhere closely to the entire surface of the cable without the presence of air bubbles. 

Our ice and snow melting solutions can also be used on the rooftops of buildings, eliminating icicles hanging dangerously from roof gutters, or protecting the heating or cooling pipes on the rooftop-installed air handling unit. 

In stadiums the sport fields can be kept snow-free and ready to be used despite winter conditions. In some regions/sports there are regulations to minimize or eliminate the influence of weather conditions on matches. We provide the required knowledge and products and have the experience from installing field heating under natural and artificial grass in many stadiums. 

How we can help you

Efficient snow removal—area is kept free from ice and snow 24/7

Safe traffic and working areas for people

Protecting the buildings against ice formations that will not damage roof constructions later

Avoiding manual work to clean the snow and ice

Avoiding unforeseen repair costs after winter

Reducing risks of roof collapse due to extra snow loads

A maintenance-free system with 20-year full warranty on cables

Safe ground and roof with Danfoss heating cables

Danfoss has designed versatile outdoor solutions for pipe heating, roof and gutter, and ground heating that can be installed on virtually any type of construction including private, business and institutional buildings.

Documents

Documents
Type Name Language Valid for Updated Download File type
Application guide Danfoss Ground application. Ice & Snow Melting Application manual English Multiple 11 Nov, 2020 7.5 MB .pdf
Application guide Danfoss Pipe Frost Protection English Multiple 17 Feb, 2021 10.4 MB .pdf
Application guide Danfoss Roof application. Frost protection Application manual English Multiple 23 Dec, 2016 8.6 MB .pdf
Application guide Danfoss Sports Field Heating English Multiple 11 Nov, 2020 932.4 KB .pdf

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