Many home improvement projects have several benefits and can both improve the curb appeal of your home along with its design function. Heated driveways, though, have essentially one single advantage. You guessed it—snow removal. This solitary quality is no small matter for some homeowners. If you live in Ontario, you may spend countless hours each winter shoveling your driveway. Just hearing the words "Lake Effect Snow" can make many Ontarian’s cringe. Having to shovel two, three, even four times in one day can leave northerners begging for a solution.
Even if you don't live in a region that gets hit with heavy snow, if you have limited mobility and have no neighborhood kids who want to earn a little extra cash, installing a heated driveway can allow you to endure the winter with safe passage to and from your home without ever picking up a shovel or firing up a snowblower. In other cases if you live on and estate size lot you may be paying thousands of dollars to have your snow removed. And in most cases its not removed when you want it removed.
How Heated Driveway Systems Work
Heated driveways are actually radiant floor heating systems, which can be installed both indoors and out. For outdoor use, radiant floor systems are quite beneficial to those who live in snowy climates, as they function as a snow-melting system, virtually eliminating the need for physical snow removal. When temperatures drop, heated water and antifreeze are pumped into the tubing, melting any snow that collects on your driveway. From the comfort of your home, you can flip a switch and watch the snow melt away.