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.
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)|
|Gives sq ft coverage of|
*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|
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)