Heated driveways work to make sure that you don't have to do any heavy lifting to keep your driveway clear throughout the winter months. While all types of heated driveways work to accomplish the same thing – namely, a clear, paved surface – there are several main variants, each of which works in a different manner. Understanding what the main types of heated driveways are, and what each of them has to offer over the others, can help you choose the one that is the best fit for your needs.
Hydronic Heated Driveways
Hydronic heated driveways work by using a series of plumbing underneath the surface of your driveway, which transports hot water through them (mixed with antifreeze to prevent bursting). Connect to your home's plumbing system, hydronic systems will hold on to heat for an extended period of time even after the system is turned off, meaning that they can be used strategically to keep your energy usage low. However, hydronic heated driveways do not hold up well in extremely cold temperatures, as even with a mixture of antifreeze they are subject to bursting, and cannot hold onto enough heat to fight against temperatures that are way below freezing.
Electric Heated Driveways
Electric heated driveways make use of metal heating elements instead of plumbing, and are much quicker to heat up and can provide a much higher temperature. This means that electric heated driveways hold up better to severe cold weather much better than hydronic systems. Furthermore, their use of simple metal heating elements reduces the risk of malfunctions and complicated and expensive repairs, reducing long-term maintenance and repair costs. However, electric heated driveways can require a great deal of power to operate, which can quickly drive up your monthly energy bills.
Though not the same as the above two systems, driveway mats are a good compromise for homeowners who do not have the budget to completely redo their driveways to heat the entire surface. Instead, driveway mats refer to rubber mats that are installed on top of the surface of your driveway, usually in two long strips to heat two paths in the snow and ice for your vehicle to travel over. While driveway mats won't do anything to keep your driveway completely clear, they will make it less likely that your car will slip or slide while pulling out of your driveway, and will reduce the amount of snow and ice you'll have to clear by hand. You can contact your local paving contractors for more information on the best kind of heated driveway for your home.Share
2 April 2018
After I began working with a friend of mine to beautify my yard, I realized that there was one piece of the puzzle that I seemed to be missing. My driveway and front sidewalk were in dire disrepair, and I knew that I needed to do something to make things right. I worked with a paving contractor to completely patch, refinish, and stain the pavement, and when he was done the area blended right into my design aesthetic. This blog is all about decorating your pavement by doing things like using concrete acid stain and hiring professionals to add decorative details.