HEATED DRIVEWAYS & WALKS
Never Shovel Again!
Radiant Heated Driveway
Pro's and Con's
The Benefits of a Heated Driveway and other Exterior Surface
The first and most obvious benefit of a heated driveway is eliminating the efforts and costs associated with snow removal, no more shoveling, snow blowing, or plowing. With a heated driveway this becomes a thing of the past your driveway will be clear all season long. Let it snow, let it snow!
Next, no more deicing agents, your heated driveway will remain free of ice build up, we all know when we shovel or plow a non-heated driveway there is always a light surface layer that remains no matter how good we clear . The remaining light residue coating tends to turn into a compacted slick icy layer which requires the addition of a melting agent, salt products are damaging to pavement surfaces and deicers are costly. In addition they can be a health hazard to pets and kids. Both Salt and Deicing agents are damaging to the surrounding grass and vegetation if they come in contact. With a heated driveway, deicing is no longer required.
Eliminate Slip and Fall injury, Your new heated driveway will be clear to the surface with no remaining build up. Slip and fall injuries are a major risk during the snow and ice seasons here in Michigan. A Heated driveway removes the liability and protects your family, friends and visitors for slip and fall injuries.
Our Radiant Heated driveway snow and ice melt systems are maintenance free. Once installed properly by our highly trained and skilled team there is nothing you need to do other than enjoy it's benefits and performance year after year. We offer completely automated systems with exterior sensors that will automatically detect the snow and ice and start working immediately, you can also opt for a manual system and control it yourself. Either way you'll start enjoying the beautiful snow fall rather than dread the removal and work they previously dictated for you. Let it Snow, Let it Snow!
The Drawbacks or Con's
Installation Expense, depending on the options chosen for the new system the initial costs can be significant. Many things have changed in this area that are making it a much more popular and attractive addition cost wise, they include: installation during home building process, installation when a new driveway is being installed, its flexibility to install in target areas, and the ability to retrofit the systems into existing pavement. See our area on Radiant Heat driveway costs. New techniques and systems designed for residential installations today are bringing these costs in line for many homeowners to enjoy the benefits a heated driveway delivers. Its not just for Luxury home construction today, heated driveways can be the answer for homeowners that have difficult access, steep incline driveways or elevation issues that allow ice build up.
Next, All exterior systems are not created equal. With its popularity gaining rapidly in residential construction, many new cables and mats are popping up in the market. Using only a cable That is tried and tested with years of performance proof is critical when installing a system encased in a surface medium. Unfortunately, like everything when something is getting recognition manufacturers jump on the production wagon to get a piece of the pie. Using an industrial coated cable and or mat that has been designed for such encasement and can be used in any pavement medium is critical to ensure the performance and longevity of your investment. This drawback is easily removed from the equation by hiring a skilled experienced installer with a premium Snow Melt System, in this case it is wise to evaluate cost differences between systems and know why they differ.
Radiant Heated Driveways, Your Common questions answered
Radiant Heat/Snow Melt Systems in Exterior Paving Driveways, Walks and Front Entrances
Heated Driveway Photos
Never Shovel Again, The gift that keeps on Giving Year after Year. Prevent snow and ice buildup from creating hazards on driveways and other surfaces by installing a heated driveway or other heated surface. With options for asphalt, pavers, and concrete, Potoroka Concrete can keep your driveway, stairs, sidewalks, entrances and more clear of snow and ice. Additionally, our snow melting cables can be retrofit into existing driveway surfaces. Our exterior Snow Melt cables are the toughest construction available for residential. Our skilled installers can do the entire project complete with new driveway surface or install the snow melt system on its own for your concrete or asphalt installer. Our systems can run automatically by sensors or can be controlled manually by areas. View our photos to see the installation process. Call us for a free estimate.