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Editor In Chief, United Home Improvement
For those of you that live in colder climates, and are faced with
heavy snow fall, you know exactly how bothersome it is to have your
driveway cleared of snow to ensure safety and everyday use. With a
heated driveway, also called a snow melting system, you will never
have to worry about shoveling your driveway again. Injuries will be
avoiding due to slippery surfaces and your everyday experience will
be enhanced. Also, adding a heated driveway will increase the resale
value of your home, protect your surrounding landscape, and preserve
Heated Driveways work in two ways. The first is an electric heating
system. Electric systems use line voltage cable, hot wires, to heat
the driveway. Sensors are built into the systems that detect when
snow is beginning to fall and it is then activated. Automated
electric systems work quickly and will prevent snow from
accumulating. Electric systems are generally more efficient, require
less upholding, and heat up faster. Certain systems are made with
manual controls. They cost less, but do not offer as many benefits.
The other way a heated driveway works is with a hydronic system.
Hydronic systems are energy efficient water-based heat systems that
pump hot water, mixed with antifreeze, through plastic tubes made of
polymer or a synthetic rubber. They tend to be more expensive
because they operate on fuel. Keep in mind; hydronic systems require
a certain amount of space to accommodate the water heater/boiler,
pump, and manifold.
Snow melting systems are best installed during new constructions;
however, it is still possible to install a system after words.
Systems can be installed on both concrete and asphalt driveways,
during anytime time of the year and at any location. Also, keep in
mind that you are not limited to just your driveway. Snow melting
systems can be installed under walk ways, patios, and porch steps as
The cost of a snow melting system depends on how sophisticated you
want your system to be. For example, do you want your heated
driveway to be electric or hydronic, automated or manual? Also, you
will have to consider whether your new heated driveway will work
with your current heating/electric system, or will it have to work
on its own. The cost will vary according to these factors.
Snow melting systems are fairly easy to install. Any qualified
contractor or electrician can do the job for you, quickly and
efficiently. There are several companies that specialize in snow
melting systems, so finding one near you will not be a problem. If
you are looking to invest in a snow melting system but also
concerned with your budget, we are here to work with you. Our local
qualified licensed contractors are here to bring you satisfying
results that work with your budget.