Category Archives: Snow Melting

Heating an Existing Driveway

Snow melting systems are growing in popularity and are easier than ever to install. Heated driveway technology provides homeowners and businesses with added protection and convenience. These benefits are not limited to new construction, you can also heat an existing driveway or surface.

A retrofit installation allows you to add a snow melting system to your pre-existing driveway or walk. The presentation below explains how to plan and install a heated driveway system into your existing concrete or asphalt surface.

Time to Install Radiant Heat

heated sidewalk installAs the snow melts and the grass perks up, it is understandable to want to shift focus from shoveling snow and clearing ice to weeding the garden and mowing the lawn. Spring cleaning, gardening, and other tasks to prepare for the coming year are an annual tradition.

Before you completely forget about snow, spring is also the best time to prepare for winter. With the cold fresh on your mind, now is the time to make decisions about future snow removal and ice dam prevention.

If you have had any roof leaks or other ice dam related problems, now is the time to implement a long term solution. Identify problem areas and address them with added insulation, improved ventilation, or by installing radiant heat.

Tired of all the shoveling you did over the winter? The East Coast was pummeled this year, if you missed out it may be your turn next winter. Installing a heated driveway system has never been easier. This is a great springtime project; while the snow is fresh in your mind you can be sure to heat those trouble areas where you often slip or struggle to keep clear of snow and ice. Whatever your winter problem, taking care of it now will resolve the issue long before an early snowstorm brings it back. Our team is always ready to help with radiant heating needs.

Salt and Snow Melting Chemicals: Use With Caution

Rock Salt on AsphaltSalt and other snow melting chemicals are often the go-to for eliminating snow and ice. Combined with plowing or shoveling, this can be a highly effective approach. However when using these chemicals it is important to be aware of their potential for harm.

Many common salts and chemicals used for melting snow and ice are dangerous to plants, pets and wildlife, and children. In addition to their toxicity, salts and chemicals can damage concrete, paving stones, and other surfaces.

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Can I Heat It? Sidewalks and Driveways

Planning on heating your driveway? Here’s a look at the options.

New Concrete – YES

jumperFor new concrete surfaces, the heating cables are fixed to a wire mesh prior to being embedded in the poured cement. To protect the cables from shifting concrete, jumpers are used where the cables cross crack control joints.

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Heated Driveways – Electric vs Hydronic [INFOGRAPHIC]

Heated driveway technology has evolved significantly over the years. One of the first decisions to be made when installing a snow melting system is whether to use electric or hydronic heat. We take a look at some of the differences including cost, efficiency, and effectiveness in this infographic.

Electric Heated Driveways Compared to Hydronic Heated Driveways

Curious how much a heated driveway can cost? Check out this FAQ entry for additional information.

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