Snow getting you down? Tired of shoveling? Why not Install a heated driveway and upgrade your paving to something? Heated driveways utilize a radiant heating system installed in an exterior application which runs under the paving material and is connected with a broiler or power source inside your home or garage. They are usually electric powered or comprise of a hydronic system. Electrically heated driveways use resistant cables embedded under the driveway, an electric system is hooked to conventional power and heats the area rapidly and efficiently. The control box is often mounted on the wall, and the activation device alternates between sensors to switches to timers. Hydronic devices, on the other hand, use plastic tubing embedded under the paved driveway, whereas a hydronic system is connected to the broiler that pumps boiled water and antifreeze to melt the ice. The tubes are typically spaced 6 to 8 inches apart and arranged in a spiral or wave-like fashion to provide an equal amount of heating.
Driveway mats function like heated driveways that can be installed only seasonally. A pair of tracks of slip-resistant rubber mats, installed with a central heating element are spaced to align with your vehicles tire path. They are durable enough to bear the weight of your car and also function also maintain an ice-free driveway.
Why should you get a heated driveway?
When winter arrives, and your driveway is covered in snow and ice, the last thing you want is to pick up that shovel and clear out your driveway, on a cold chilly morning. Imagine watching the snow fall from your window and make the most of that beautiful scene, while flipping your heated driveway and watching the ice and snow melt away, leaving a safe surface for vehicles and foot traffic.
Do you need to upgrade your paving?
Newly heated driveways can be installed under your old driveway, but in order for them to work more efficiently and effectively, it is essential to replace or upgrade your paving to create a new landscape. However, heated driveways can installed under any type of driveway including poured concrete and interlocking paving stones. Think about the age of your driveway and if it needs a replacement in the next five years? It is wiser to replace it now with a new heating system in order to for both the paving and the heating apparatus to last long.
Installing a radiant snow melting system is an excellent investment to increase both the value of your home and the quality of your life.