Heated driveway system is a system of snow melting mats and cables placed under the concrete, asphalt or paving stone in order to prevent the buildup of snow and ice on the driveway, parking garage, ramp, walkway, and stairs. The system is connected to moisture and temperature sensing thermostat which turns the heat on and off automatically. The system will save you money which would otherwise be spent on plow companies, shoveling and also reduces accidents associated with slip and falls on the driveway.
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Heating Your Driveway
Waking up with driveways covered in snow and ice is a reality that most Canadians and people who live in areas with snowy conditions have to deal with on a frequent basis. Snow and ice buildup on driveways are a constant nuisance that results in constant shoveling and salting of the driveway, often to mixed success. If left untreated, snow and ice buildup can cause irritating delays such as cars getting stuck in the driveway, to more serious issues like slips and falls from ice buildup. Under certain conditions, snow can quickly turn into ice, and get mixed up with salt — the resulting combination of snow, salt and ice can be very difficult to remove, amounting to hours of hacking and digging; even snow blowers will sometimes find it difficult to get through heavy snow buildup. All of these potential hazards and obstacles caused by snow buildup make it a necessity for homeowners to address this problem. Unfortunately, most solutions to this problem only offer temporary relief since they only treat snow when it builds up; our solution is more effective precisely because it prevents snow from building up in the first place.
Heavenly Heat has a solution that brings constant relief of snow buildup in your driveway over the long winter season — the installation of a driveway heating system. Taking a proactive approach to preventing and removing any snow buildup on our customers’ property, the driveway heating system eliminates the problem before it starts. A heated driveway system will ensure that snow is quickly eliminated when it initially falls on the surface, thus preventing it from accumulating. Since the system works by melting the snow at its core, there will no longer be any need for constant shoveling and salting of driveways in the early mornings or after work. The installation of our system will reduce your workload and thus free up time to do other more important things. Additionally, the system will reduce the need for driveway repairs due to preventing ice and frost damage that is a result of snow buildup wearing down the foundations of the surface. We believe that Heavenly Heat’s driveway heating system is Toronto’s best and most cost effective option when it comes to tackling the constant issue of snow removal. Free yourself from winter worries and contact us today about our driveway heating system — we’ll help you get rid of snow buildup on your driveway for good.
Functionality & Installation
Radiant floor heating circulates through a property in fixed, water-heated pipes or by electrical heating coils set below the flooring. These then help to transfer heat into the interior of the house in an efficient and cost-effective manner. In fact, the heat is transferred through the floor into anything the floor then touches. This is particularly effective if the material touching the floor can conduct heat in an efficient manner – for example, a free standing lamp made out of metal. This just helps radiate the heat even more.
Of course, when building a new house from scratch, radiant floor heating is far easier to install than putting it into an existing home. That said, should you require radiant floor heating in a current home, our team of experts at Heavenly Heat are up to the task. Installation is usually done using our EasyMat or EasyWire system, both perfect for ensuring heat is distributed throughout the house. Remember, most radiant heat systems will have to compete with other critical systems that will are placed under flooring – think plumbing and electrical wiring in this regard. For this reason, getting an expert to install the system is a must.
Characteristics of radiant heat systems
- Bear the following in mind when installing a radiant heat system:
- By installing quality parts, you ensure a more efficient heating system: Tankless heaters, hot water heaters or boilers used to heat the radiant heating system should be of the highest quality your budget can afford. This ensures the system runs efficiently and over an extended period without needing to replace anything.
- Incorporate control areas: Invariably, there are different areas in your house regarding temperature. For instance, a second story room with plenty of sunlight will be warmer than a room on the lower floor with no solar gain. Use these zones in your favor, delivering more heat to an area that needs it, for example, a tiled bathroom floor.
- Location of thermostats: Place thermostats in areas of the home that are stable in temperature. Never put them near a fireplace, in the kitchen or near direct sunlight. Try to keep them fairly central for each zone that they control.
Driveway Heating in Toronto – Heated Driveway Cost
Also known as heated driveways, snow melting systems are a cost-effective alternative to salting, shoveling, snow blowing, snow plowing, and other common snow removal methods. The idea behind such a system is to have a warm surface ready for the snowflakes and melt them away. Here is a comprehensive guide to help handle your snow melting project (in an asphalt driveway).
The estimated cost of a melting snow system (tire tracks)
For a 10’x20’ driveway, the estimated cost of heating a driveway’s tire tracks only is $2,346. You will need at least two snow melting mats ($860), an advanced snow melting control ($670), an aerial snowmelt sensor ($580), a relay panel small ($360), and a snowmelt plaque ($38).
Why install a snow melting system?
While snow can be beautiful, it’s associated with inconveniences and a higher level of danger. For instance, if you need to be somewhere like your workplace or have an important meeting to attend, snow-filled driveways or walkways can be a huge inconvenience. A functional snow melting systems can keep driveways, sidewalks, parking areas, stairs, and other surfaces free from snow.
Planning is an important step when it comes to the installation of a heated driveway. It helps to estimate the snow melting system cost and the required timeline for effective projection completion. A good plan will also help you determine all the necessary resources, compare them with your estimated budget, and make the right choices.
System installation: Full coverage vs. tire tracks
One common alternative to a snow melting system that covers an entire drive is to heat the tire tracks only. It’s a cost-effective way of reducing the installation and operating costs associated with heated driveways.
Snow melting in asphalt
The construction of an excellent asphalt driveway requires several layers. For the purpose of illustrating the estimated cost of driveway heating, assume that one layer includes 5/16″ thick snow melting mats. Here are the steps to follow.
- Excavate and ensure the ground is compact: For residential applications, the layer of compacted gravel should be 4″ to 8″ deep or even 12″ for surfaces associated with high traffic.
- Prepare the junction box: A junction box acts as an intermediary between the snow melting relay panel and the heating element. Establish the junction box before you start the installation of the heating system. This ensures all other steps follow your set plan.
- Create an asphalt base coat layer which is 1.5″ to 2″ deep.
- Lay out the snow melting mats
- Use an ohmmeter to test your system at each stage of installation to be sure that the heating element is functional.
- Spread asphalt over the finished melting mats, creating a 2″ to 3″ deep layer. Avoid mechanized asphalt pavers as they can interfere with the heating element.
Note that the junction box, temperature sensor, and controls for your snow melting system must be installed carefully. If you’re not sure of how to install a heated driveway, it’s advisable to get it done by a licensed electrician.