The heated mats will generate sufficient heat to melt snow at a rate of 2 inches per hour. (Click on the image for an enlarged view.)

CLEVELAND - Martinson-Nicholls new residential Heated Snow Melting Stair Mats are designed to be quickly and easily connected to prevent snow and ice accumulation on stairs around the home. Made of customized thermoplastic materials, the mats are portable and can be left outside for the entire winter season. The stair treads can be used individually or in groups of up to 15 treads.

The heated mats will generate sufficient heat to melt snow at a rate of 2 inches per hour, leaving steps to the home clean and clear 24/7, says the company. The Heated Stair Mats can be interconnected with the company’s residential Heated Walkway Mats to create a continuous system of snow melting mats. You can mix and match stair and walkway mats to create an individualized snow melting solution, all on a single plug.

Each Heated Stair Mat and Heated Walkway Mat comes with its own built-in watertight connector cables. The watertight connector cables can be used to connect the mats to other residential mats or to a control unit. Every group of residential heated mats requires a GFCI (ground fault circuit interrupter) control unit to connect the system to an electrical outlet. An application can include up to 15 stair mats, 5 walkway mats, or a combination thereof (up to 15 amps) on a single control unit.

The Martinson-Nicholls website includes a calculator that displays the total amperage for the number of mats selected.

Watertight Cable Extenders come in 20-inch lengths to connect mats on tiered walkways or across landings. Multiple extenders can be plugged together to create custom lengths. Martinson-Nicholls also offers a 25-foot extender to connect the heated mats to the GFCI unit to reach a distant outlet.

Martinson-Nicholls offers a dealer program with supporting technical and sales materials, and notes that the video on its website demonstrates the ease of installing the heated mats.

For more information on the residential Heated Snow Melting Stair Mats, visit

Publication date:04/04/2011