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Say Goodbye to Snow with a Heated Driveway System

September 16, 2019

Categories: Heating

A heated driveway system is installed by embedding heating elements into your concrete or asphalt driveway. Most systems, including ours, have a sensor that detects the outdoor temperature and moisture levels to determine if the system needs to be used. They’re extremely helpful in places where snow and ice are very common in the colder months.

Heating systems are usually installed in driveways before the concrete is poured but can also be fitted into an existing driveway. Heated driveway costs vary depending on the system you install.

Benefits of a Heated Driveway:

  • Snow melt systems can enhance the safety of your property during inclement weather. Heated driveway systems keep your entryway and parking area clear of ice and protect your visitors without the need for shoveling or using salt or snow-melting chemicals.
  • A heated driveway increases the value of your home.
  • Heated driveways have a much longer life than one that is constantly being scraped by plows and shovels.
  • Increased health of landscaping and your yard directly adjacent to the driveway by reducing salt and chemical runoff.

Types of Heated Driveway Systems

Hydronic Heating Systems

Also known as radiant heating systems, these systems circulate a mixture of antifreeze and hot water through a heating element with closed-loop tubing. The fluid is warmed to a temperature that can melt ice and snow. This heated driveway system is often more expensive per square foot to install than electric snow melting systems.

Hydronic systems have more flexibility in power source options and are designed to have a longer life than an electric snow melting system. Operating costs may be higher depending on the size of your heated concrete driveway project.

Electric Snow Melting System

Using hot insulated wires, electric snow melting systems cover fewer square feet and have more focused snow removal than a hydronic system. The wires are covered with a protective layer of PVC and copper grounding braid.

There are two types of electric snow melting systems:

  1. Our electric heating mats contain pre-spaced heating elements that are unrolled and installed directly on top of the pavement in your driveway. We offer various shapes and sizes of heated driveway mats to fit your specific needs.
  2. If you’re looking for an electric heated driveway but have a driveway with odd angles or shapes, an electric cable system may fit your heated driveway installation needs. Electric cable systems allow you to heat any shape or size of driveway with wires that run back and forth across whatever space you would like covered.

Your Next Step

No matter which system you choose, Martinov Heating Solutions offers various options to fit your driveway heating needs. If you’re interested in taking the next step towards having your own heated driveway system, fill out our simple contact form or give us a call at 1-877-358-0033.

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