Connecticut certainly receives its fair share of snow and ice. As a result, residents do their fair share of shoveling out sidewalks and driveways. A popular tool to help combat heavy snow and ice cover is a heated driveway from Builder’s Concrete East. Driving through your neighborhood during a troublesome nor’easter, you may notice a few driveways that remain clear thanks to the radiant heating underneath the concrete.
How Does A Heated Driveway Work?
The radiant heating in a heated driveway works along the old scientific principle that heat rises. There are two types of elements used to heat the concrete in the driveway: electric cable and malleable polymer tubing (hydronic). The electric cable utilizes the efficiency of electricity to quickly warm the concrete. This is the easier system to install, as it is simply wired into your home. It is activated manually by a switch or automatically by sensors installed in the driveway.
In a hydronic system, polymer tubing is filled with a water and antifreeze mixture. Both types of elements can be embedded a couple inches below the surface of newly poured ready mix concrete, or they may be installed underneath concrete pavers.
Keep in mind that heated driveways aren’t cheap, but they are a worthwhile investment for your home and might give your arms and back a break as the snow begins falling. Properly installed heated driveways can range from $1,000 to $7,000.
Builder’s Concrete East has supplied consumers and contractors with high-quality ready mixed concrete for five decades. Customers and contractors trust Builder’s Concrete East as the reliable source for jobs big or small. They carry a vast array of standard and special mixes that will suit all your residential or commercial needs. So if you’re ready to stop shoveling snow, contact their knowledgeable staff at (860) 456-4111 to get the proper concrete mix for your heated driveway project, and visit them online.