Ice and snow aren’t just cold and inconvenient. They can also be dangerous.
Each year, over 800,000 people are seriously injured due to slip and fall injuries — many of which occur on the ice.
Snow shoveling injuries are another concern. Heart attacks, low back pain, and broken bones can all result from overexerting yourself while shoveling.
But what if you don’t want to move from your northern location? Or simply love the ambiance that snowfall creates?
You don’t have to! A heated driveway or sidewalk can not only save you time, money, and aggravation but keep you safe.
Check out five reasons to consider a heated driveway for your home or business.
1. Less Hassle
Let’s face it. Regardless of how much you love the winter, few people actually enjoy the cleanup that goes along with it.
Bundling up in countless layers, then sweating as you lift and heave piles of snow. Even if you have a snow blower (which makes the job a little easier), it can still be quite a chore.
Filling it with gas, starting it up, and walking at a snail’s pace to clear every inch of your driveway or sidewalk. A heated driveway eliminates the hassle of snow removal.
There are two common types of heated driveway systems. One uses electric currents to create heat across a mat or wire beneath the surface of the driveway. The second system pumps hot water through tubing installed directly underneath the driveway.
Both methods achieve the same result — melting unwanted ice and snow buildup so you don’t have to.
2. Saves Time
Depending on the size of your driveway, it could take several hours to completely clear it following a snowstorm. Not only does this require your time and labor, but it can also impede on your daily plans — making you late for work or other events.
Just like a garage eliminates the need to clean off your car, a heated driveway leaves you free and clear to go about your business.
3. Saves Money
While the initial installation of a heated driveway can run you several thousand dollars, its an investment for the future.
A heated driveway means not buying a snow blower, hiring a plow company, or paying the neighbor’s kid to shovel.
Before installing a heated driveway, do some research on the cost. While its slightly more expensive to install tubing, electric coils may increase your monthly electric bill.
4. Prevents Injury
While this was already covered, it bears repeating. One of the main reasons people invest in a heated driveway is to reduce the risk of injury and accidents.
Most people don’t use proper form when shoveling. It’s important to bend and lift with your knees, without pulling on your back. Slips on the ice can cause head injuries and broken bones.
Another health concern associated with snow removal is heart attacks. A recent study reported 168,000 heart attacks during snow shoveling and 68,000 deaths. Heated driveways prevent homeowners from overexerting themselves to the point of serious injury.
5. Low Maintenance Alternative
Even though some heated driveways carry a hefty price tag, the good news is, they’re relatively low maintenance. Once initial installation is complete, most heated driveways rarely need replacement or repair.
Invest in a reputable company to install your heated driveway and maintenance costs should be zero.
Heat Things Up with a Heated Driveway
When the snow starts falling and the novelty of its beauty wears off, the reality of the work ahead sets in. Do you find snow removal daunting? Hate the cold?
A heated driveway is the answer to all your winter woes.
If you’re ready to invest in a simple solution, contact us today for an estimate.