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Gutter Protection

Heat Mat Ice and Snow Melting systems for Gutters

Scandinavian designed systems to protect people and property

A complete range of heating cables, thermostats and fitting accessories to provide fully automated protection against dangerous ice and snow build-up in gutters and roof drainage channels.

The gutter heating systems ensure that gutters and downpipes do not become blocked by ice and snow and allow melt water from the roof to drain freely. This prevents dangerous icicles or snow build-up forming, that could fall from the roof injuring anyone below, and could also collapse the building's gutters.

Custom made ice and snow melting thermostats monitor the air temperature and can control two separate zones independently to ensure the system works effectively. The addition of moisture sensors in the gutters will cut the running costs by up to 80% by ensuring that the system only heats when it is cold and there is moisture present. Heat Mat supply a comprehensive range of fitting accessories to allow the simple installation of the heating cables into the gutters and downpipes, and can provide advice and guidance on the most suitable system for your property.

Although a fully automated gutter heating system is preferable in nearly all circumstances, Heat Mat can provide a variety of low cost options where required, and these are particularly suitable for smaller residential applications. One great value option is to install a Heat Mat PipeGuard heater into the gutter so that it creates two parallel runs of heating cable, separated by our gutter installation clips. This will ensure that the gutter is heated for the lowest possible system price and the thermostat on the Heat Mat PipeGuard unit will also ensure the system switches off again once temperatures start to rise.

  • Improved safety for vehicles and pedestrians below the gutters as the risk of icicle build-up is removed
  • Reduced maintenance costs from repairing the roof's fabric and replacing collapsed gutters
  • Automated clearance of ice and snow from gutters, ensuring that Health and Safety requirements can be met and that the first person on site does not have to make the area safe
  • A number of different sensors and timers can be combined, to ensure that the system only operates when it is required, minimising energy usage
  • Entirely maintenance free. Once the system is installed, there is no requirement for any maintenance work, and some systems include an automatic alarm, warning if the system fails for whatever reason
  • A tried and trusted system. These systems have been used in Scandinavia for more than a decade and have proved their worth in extreme temperatures and weather conditions

Heat Mat Gutter Protection Technical Specification

Roof Parts and Contents

FRO-16A-GSTA – 3.6kW Thermostat supplied with air temperature Sensor

Supply Voltage 230V+/-10%, 50-60Hz
Temperature Range 0/+10°C
Output Relay 16Amp
Ambient Operating Temperature 0/+50°C
Housing IP20
Weight 190g
Mounting DIN rail-mount
Dimensions (H/W/D) 86mm /52mm /59mm
Supplied with 1 x FRO-TEM-SENS

FRO-16A-STAT – 3.6kW Thermostat with moisture sensing capability

Supply voltage 230V +/-10%, 50-60 Hz
Temperature range 0/+10°C
Built-in timer for manual snow melting/afterrun 0-5 hours
Output relay 16 Amp
Ambient operating temperature -10/+50°C
Water based system Controlling a 3 or 4 way valve, primary pump, secondary pump
Ambient operating temp 0/+50°C
Ambient operating humidity 10-95%
Housing IP20
Weight 200g
Dimensions (H/W/D) 86mm /52mm /59mm
Sensor compatibility FRO-TEM-SENS
FRO-GRO-TEMP
FRO-GRO-SENS
FRO-GUT-SENS

FRO-GRO-SENS – Ground temperature and moisture sensor

Senses Moisture and temperature
Mounting Outdoor area
Housing IP68
Operating temperature -20/+70°C
Dimensions H32, Ø60 mm

System specification

From a simple five meter gutter system, through to the gutters on a 20,000m2 roof heating project, every application is individually specified to ensure that the most suitable system is offered. Heat Mat offer the widest range of gutter heating systems in the UK, and you can be assured that whatever your requirements there will be a suitable system to meet them.

Trace heating v constant Wattage cables

Although trace heating cables are entirely suitable for heating gutters, and are occasionally the only option, quality trace heating comes with a premium price tag. To complement our trace heating cable Heat Mat has developed a constant Wattage outdoor heating cable for roofs and gutters that is significantly less expensive than self-limiting cable, while remaining UV stable and highly protected against the elements. This provides a great value gutter heating system which also has an expected operating life of more than 25 years.

Gutter heating accessories

In addition to the gutter heating cables Heat Mat offer a comprehensive range of fitting accessories to allow the simple installation of the heating system. These accessories include clips for holding the cables in the gutter and spacing them apart, and chains and suspension beams to ensure the downpipes are heated correctly to ensure the safe removal of the melt water. There is also a range of cable fixing bands suitable for fixing cables in drainage valleys and water hoppers.

System life and running costs

All of Heat Mat's roof and gutter heating systems have expected lives of more than 25 years, and there is no reason why they shouldn't operate for more than 50 years. The running costs of the system will depend on the control gear used (moisture sensors reduce running costs by around 80%), the local weather conditions and how much snow there is each winter. For gutter heating systems using a moisture sensor a running cost of around 70p per meter per year or less would be expected in most areas of the UK. Costs in particularly cold parts of the country will actually be less, as the snow will not melt each day therefore the gutters will remain free of ice and water once they are first cleared.

Large projects

For particularly large projects Heat Mat's Ice and Snow melting technical team can visit to work with you and your structural engineer/architect to decide on the most suitable system. This team includes David Green and Paul Brandon from Heat Mat, along with two ice and snow melting specialists from our Scandinavian partners; Anker Bo Christensen from OJ Electronics and Soren Baerholm from Heatcom.

  • Fully automated prevention of dangerous ice and snow build-up in gutters
  • Ensure freely draining gutters in all weather conditions
  • Prevent gutters collapsing due to the weight of ice and snow
  • Ensure walkways and roads beneath gutters do not suffer from potentially dangerous falling icicles or snow
  • Avoid the expense of having to structurally strengthen old gutters, if new buildings are built abutting them, by preventing the risk of snowdrifts against the new wall
  • A wide variety of thermostat and control options suited to each system's individual requirement
  • A choice between highly cost effective constant Wattage heating cables for standard installations, and high-tech trace heating cables, for situations which require them
  • Save up to 80% on normal running costs by using our specific gutter moisture sensor, which prevents the system activating unless there is moisture present

Prevention is better
than cure

If you are worried about the coming winter and want to speak to a Heat Mat adviser about the best solutions for you call us on:

01444 247020

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