Removing snow from a driveway is probably not how most of us want to spend our time in the winter. And if you’re not shoveling it yourself, you be may be paying a snow removal company to do the job for you. That’s why having a heated driveway can take the hours and extra expense out of snow removal by keeping the driveway pavers warm enough so that the snow will continually melt away. Curious about what a heating system can do for you? See the following methods and benefits to having a Heated Driveway:
All heated driveways work off a system of radiant heat and typically can be installed in one of two ways:
- Electrical – A system of wires is installed under your driveway through which an electrical current runs, heating the pavers above.
- Heated water – A system of tubes is installed under your driveway through which hot water is pumped, with the water doing the heating of the pavers. This second option can initially cost a bit more to install, but ultimately uses less energy over time than the electrical option.
- Melts ice, too. In addition to melting snow, heated driveways work well in freezing rain by keeping ice from forming, therefore making it less dangerous to get into or out of a car, or to walk across the driveway.
- Makes it more fun to come home from wintertime vacations. If it snows while you’re out of town, you’ll be able to come back to a dry driveway. No need to pay a snow removal company or your teenage neighbor to take care of the job.
- Preserves your brick pavers. Heated driveways reduce the need for salt or de-icing chemicals in the winter, which go a long way toward preserving your pavers and minimizing the damage caused by the salt and chemicals.
- Can be manual or automatic. You can manually turn on your heating system when the snow starts falling, or you can rely on sensor technology which will automatically turn on the heating system for you when it starts snowing.
If you’re concerned about other areas where snow piles up—such as walkways and patios—the same type of heating system can be installed under those pavers as well. And if you know you’ll be replacing your driveway in the future, consider upgrading to a heated system, which can be installed at the same time. Local Denver hardscaping company AMK Hardscapes can install heating systems for you, and take care of all your hardscaping design needs. Call 303-525-8601 to get started