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Heated Driveways: Are They Effective?

December 29, 2023



Winter is indeed a beautiful season, but it can also bring some major headaches. And by headaches, we don’t mean it literally. Manually clearing snow and ice from your driveway is a big for homeowners during winter. And we know that shoveling and plowing are effective methods to remove snow and ice from your driveway. But the question is: are they sustainable? Especially in the regions where snow falls are heavy and frequent? 


That's where heated driveways come in! These innovative systems promise to melt away winter weather woes by keeping your driveway clear of snow and ice all season long. Learn how heated driveways work and whether they are an efficient means to remove snow permanently from your driveway in the blog below.


How Do Heated Driveways Work?


Heated driveways use heating cables that run underneath your driveway's surface. They can be electric or hydronic. Hydronic systems use hot water or glycol solutions that flow through tubing installed beneath the concrete. Electric systems, as you have probably guessed, work on electricity. Both methods have their own advantages and disadvantages. Electric systems tend to be more affordable and effective. Hydronic systems may require more maintenance and are not as efficient as electrically heated driveway heating systems. 




When it comes to heated driveway installation, this part is tricky because apart from a licensed electrician in Toronto, the installation of such a complex system involves additional work not related to electrical domain, e.g. removing existing asphalt and pouring fresh one or laying out tiles over the installed driveway heating system. For a project like this, it’s good to hire an electrical contractor who can handle the job from start to finish. 


Are heated driveways effective?


Heated driveways can be effective in not only removing but also preventing snow accumulation on the driveway. As mentioned above, they work by using radiant heating cables or tubing installed beneath the driveway surface. When turned on, these systems generate heat that melts snow or ice. While heated driveways can be an effective solution for homeowners, it is important to make sure that the quality of the system is top-notch.




Driveway heating systems can be an effective solution for homeowners looking to keep their driveway free of snow and ice during winter. While they may require an investment upfront, the long-term benefits in terms of convenience and safety can outweigh the cost. 


Entrust your heated driveway installation project to us at A.S. Electrical Services Ltd. Fully insured and licensed, we will handle your heated driveway installation from start to finish, all this at the best rates. Contact us today to learn about everything we can do for you.