Heated Sidewalks and Steps

Keep your sidewalks, steps and pathways snow-free and safe. Read more to learn about our heated sidewalks and heated steps snow melt solutions.

Everybody knows that slippery ice patches and snow buildup on steps can be really dangerous.

Nobody wants to put family, friends or visitors at risk every time there is snow or ice in front of his house or business.

Salt will slowly damage nearby plants and shovels can damage bluestone and limestone. Salt gets carried into the house as people come in, damaging entry-ways and carpet floors. While it can be an option in some circumstances, using Warmup snow melting mats or cable to de-ice steps is a much friendlier alternative to salt.

How to get heated sidewalks ?

Electric snow melting products used in heated driveways are applicable to landings, steps, walkways and pathways, access ramps and loading docks. The transmitted heat energy keeps these areas free from snow and ice. You’ll have the peace of mind that comes with knowing that you are providing safe ingress and egress to the building.

Warmup Snow Melting Mats and Cables are designed to install in a variety of surfaces and can be laid in mortar, sand or crushed gravel under stonework or landscape pavers. From bluestone to limestone and traditional pavers, our cables and mats can operate effectively up to under 6” of material.

Lay the cable directly on the concrete structure using the provided spacing clips, or tie the cable to the reinforcement bar and lay over the gravel base in the wood casings.

Designing your system

Calculate the total square footage of the landings (top/bottom) and the surface of every step. Ignore the risers at this point unless they are substantially off-standards (7”). Use the total square footage and compare to our cable sheet at 3” spacing to select the right product.

Your cable will need to route into a 1” flex or solid conduit to a junction box for connections, either indoors or outdoors for a selection of our DS-Series controllers (DS-2C or DS-5C).

How much does it cost to install a snow melting system on steps?

A typical urban landing with a 3’ x 4’ landing at the top of the stairs, six 5-foot wide steps and a 5ft walkway to the public walk would cost approximately $720 in materials. Installation costs can vary depending on your choice of masonry work (limestone, bluestone) but will typically run about $750 for laying the cable and setting up the electrical connections by a licensed electrician.

Applications

These cables offer flexible layout possibilities and are the choice for residential and commercial stairs and landings, as well as disabled access ramps.

Length (ft) Item * Cable spaced at Wattage (W) Amps (A) Resistance (Ω)
3″ 4″ 5″
Gives sq ft coverage of
84 WSM-D-240V-40W/1000 20 27 34 1000 4.2  57.1
168 WSM-D-240V-40W/2000 43 57 72 2000 8.3  28.9
209 WSM-D-240V-40W/2500 51 67 84 2500 10.4 23.1
251 WSM-D-240V-40W/3000 62 84 104 3000 12.5 19.2
420 WSM-D-240V-40W/5000 100 140 170 5000 20.8 11.5
458 WSM-D-240V-40W/5500 110 155 190 5500 22.9 10.5
500 WSM-D-240V-40W/6000 122 181 200 6000 25.0 9.6

*Does not exist in 120V

Area ft2 Item Size Wattage (W) Amps (A) Resistance (Ω) 
10 WSMM-D-0500-240 2′ x 5′ 500 2.1 115.20
20 WSMM-D-1000-240 2′ x 10′ 1000 4.2 57.60
30 WSMM-D-1500-240 2′ x 15′ 1500 6.3 38.40
40 WSMM-D-2000-240 2′ x 20′ 2000 8.3 28.80
50 WSMM-D-2500-240 2′ x 25′ 2500 10.4 23.00
60 WSMM-D-3000-240 2′ x 30′ 3000  12.5 19.20
70 WSMM-D-3500-240 2′ x 35′ 3500 14.6 16.46
80 WSMM-D-4000-240 2′ x 40′ 4000 16.7 14.40
90 WSMM-D-4500-240 2′ x 45′ 4500 18.8 12.80
100 WSMM-D-5000-240 2′ x 50′ 5000 20.8 11.50
120 WSMM-D-6000-240 2′ x 60′ 6000 25.0 9.60
30 WSMM-D-240V/3×10 3X10ft 1500 6.3 19.20
60 WSMM-D-240V/3×20 3X20ft 3000 12.5 16.46
75 WSMM-D-240V/3×25 3x25ft 3750 15.6 15.38
90 WSMM-D-240V/3×30 3X30ft 4500 18.8 14.40
120 WSMM-D-240V/3×40 3X40ft 6000 25.0 12.80

Not sure which system is best for your project?

You will also need …

  • A controller (see below options)
  • A nameplate (Warmup will provide)

If using loose cable:

  • 1″ or 2″ on center wire mesh for steps
  • Or glue gun
  • Zip ties (if using mesh)

Snow Melting Controller

Find the correct controller for your snow-melting system.

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