Hydronic Snow Melt Systems
If you are considering to landscape your driveway, take a few moments to think about installing a snow melt system. If it is something you would ever consider, it may be worth the while to at least install the tubing under ground so the frame work is there. This way should you decide to go ahead with it down the road, you will not have to go through the expenses again of tearing out a new driveway to do so.
Be sure to read out article on snow melt systems in our Blog.
Things to consider when designing your heated driveway.
|Insulation vs blanket barrier||in an ideal job, we always prefer the Styrofoam over the tarp style insulation.It holds a better R value and pushes your heat up as opposed to heating up the ground under the tubing|
|Efficiency vs installation cost savings|
Make sur you choose a reputable company to install your snow melt system. They are quite forgiving when it comes to setting them up but there are many ways to improve efficiency and save you thousands in running and maintenance fees
|Concrete or pavers?|
This is a personal preference. Speak to your landscaper about what option suits you best.
What people don’t know is that the Hydronics industry is a non government regulated field. This means that there are no real codes to abide by when it comes to following certain practices. The gas components and electrical components are regulated by the proper authorities but everything in between is a free for all. This is why it is important to know your installer and have confidence in there.
No. you do not have to use the 2.5″ Styrofoam as an insulator however it will save you a lot of money in operational costs and will ensure your system keeps up with the storms much better.