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Old 12-10-2011, 04:12 PM   #1
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I never knew these existed. Does anyone have any experience with them? I don't know if I would trust them over wood steps, but the pic says otherwise.

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Old 12-10-2011, 04:25 PM   #2
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No info, but I'm curious to see what others will say. Pricey @ $ 140.00 per step but I can see some use.

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Definitely pricey, but like you say. I'm sure there is a need somewhere. But the deal killer may be that they only last 4-6 years max if properly maintained, according to a few things I have read. No way could I see forking over that amount of dough for 4-6 years. 10, yeah.

It's great alternative to shoveling and chucking down salt though.
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I would not apply them to wood steps because you will constantly have wet would which will, in time, ruin the wood. What type of wood will they be installed on?
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I'd think the traditional way would last longer.... concrete with hydronic radiant..

Vangaurd (pex) has a plant near here, and all the sidewalks/entry are snow and ice free
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I'd think the traditional way would last longer.... concrete with hydronic radiant..

Vangaurd (pex) has a plant near here, and all the sidewalks/entry are snow and ice free
Difference would come if doing work on a customers home say in the Great White North that doesn't have hydronic heat and your only access point is a north facing door that has been getting snow and ice buildup for months before the project start date.

There were times when I was living in Alaska I would have killed for a set of these.
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The technology has been improving a lot but I dont know if i would use them on a job still. These were around in the late 80s early 90s at about 3x the cost and from what associates told me they didn't work a flip. Nowadays they're a lot better but I'm with TimelessQuality, sometimes the old ways are the best
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I would not apply them to wood steps because you will constantly have wet would which will, in time, ruin the wood. What type of wood will they be installed on?
What's the difference if the snow is melted on purpose or naturally? Unless you always shovel, there are many wooden steps that sit all winter never to be shoveled. I don't see much difference between the mats and the Sun.
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The way they work, according to their site, is that if you turn them on before it snows, any snow falling on them evaporates and there is no accumulation of water.

FYI, no plans to install them, just came across them by happenstance. They almost looked like the perfect solution, were they not so pricey.
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I just "cured" (by adding soffit vents etc) ice dam problems on the NW corner of an elderly lady's house, directly over her sloped sidewalk. As we all know that can be a moving target, so I just may include one of these to complete the project. Thanks for the link!

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