Do you ever get tired of shoveling the snow in your driveway? Have you ever fallen on ice in your driveway and been injured? Have you suffered expensive body shop repairs for your car because it slid on your driveway? You can avoid safety hazards and the inconvenience of shoveling by adding a snow melt system to your driveway this year. It's a valuable investment that reaps short- and long-term benefits.
A snow melt system for your driveway is akin to a radiant flooring system for your home. With loops installed underneath (or sometimes inside) the driveway, a boiler system heats water and sends it through the pipes. The warmed pipes safely melt snow and ice to keep the driveway clear. Most systems are controlled with sensors that monitor the temperature of the driveway and its level of moisture. The systems can be set to turn on in certain weather conditions or be manually activated.
The benefits of a snow melt system are many:
- You will no longer have to shovel the driveway after a snowstorm -- or in the morning after a nighttime snowfall before rushing off to work or school.
- The risk of injuries from ice decreases, because your driveway will be clean all winter.
- When you sell your home, a snow melt system can be a major plus for potential buyers or raise the value of your home.
- Your driveway will last longer because you won’t have to apply salt to it to melt ice. As well, the surface of your driveway won’t be subject to the deterioration caused by the cycle of freezing and thawing.
- Most systems come with a long warranty, typically 25 years for the pipes. That’s because the pipes are buried underground and aren’t subject to Weatherization.
If your driveway is in need of significant repairs or you are planning to pave it for the first time, consider adding a snow melt system to stay safe, guarantee your driveway remains in good condition, and increase the value of your home.