How much does a heated driveway cost? The Warmquest team believes in options and customization, so there is no single answer to this question. This article aims to review several of the factors involved in determining the amount.
Customization vs One Size Fits All
Let’s start by looking at the various options for electric driveway heat. Roll out mats, with heating cable entwined in a woven mesh are a common option. The downside to these mats is they are designed as a one size fits all system. Climates and applications demand varying amounts of heat. Customization and free flowing cables allow you to provide the heat needed without wasteful excess. Many mats are designed to provide significantly more heat than a typical snow melting solution requires. The heat needed to keep your driveway clear is most likely less than the heat required to clear a hospital’s helicopter pad. In a similar matter, the heat needed to clear a driveway at 2,000 feet in the Great Plains will be less than the heat required to clear a sidewalk at 11,000 feet in the Rockies.
With Warmquest’s tailormade approach, a heating system can be designed for the most economical solution for any individual project. Our experts use regional climate and geographic data to determine the amount of heat needed and design a system that gives the user maximum efficiency and effectiveness.
Installation costs vary from project to project. One expense is the removal and new pour of the existing surface. An alternative to demolition is a retrofit installation. Saw cuts are made and cable installed and sealed into existing asphalt or concrete. This allows for the benefits of a heated surface without the effort and expense of removing the existing surface.
With technology advancing at an ever faster rate, there are a number of ways to activate and control your heated driveway. Costs will fluctuate depending on the option chosen. Options run from manual switches to automated temperature and moisture sensors.
You can heat a variety of surfaces and the cost of installing will vary from material to material. Warmquest can give you specific details and recommendations for the most effective installation method for your individual project.
One last installation expense to consider is the amount of power available. For some large systems, additional breakers may need to be installed.
Size of Project
It should be apparent that larger projects tend to cost more. Something to consider though is the reduced cost per square foot as the control units approach their upper limit of heating element. As the maximum amount of heating cable is installed per control unit, cost is maximized. The Warmquest team guides customers through selecting the most efficient and cost effective approach for the project under consideration.
If cost or power become limiting factors our team has a variety of options. Some customers are able to provide the access they need with heated tire tracks, walkways, or paths for vehicles. There are a variety of solutions available and Warmquest is happy to help you find the best option.
Snow melting systems are becoming more common and accessible. Contact the Warmquest team at 877-877-4724 to get information and pricing.