Pavers Plus of Holland

A snowmelt system is used to remove snow and ice via embedded electric cables or hydronic PEX tubing. Common areas for snowmelt systems are: driveways, walkways, parking areas, stairways, loading docks, and around car washes. A snowmelt system is usually installed during the original construction in concrete, asphalt, or under pavers. Retrofit electric systems can also applied to existing concrete or asphalt using saw cutting technology.

ADVANTAGES


Maintenance

Arguably, an electric snowmelt system requires less maintenance than a hydronic snowmelt system because there are no moving parts or corroding agents like water used to operate the system. A snowmelt system may extend the life of the concrete, asphalt or under pavers by eliminating the use of harsh salts and chemicals, and damage from snow removal devices.

Aesthetics

A snowmelt system is not visible when installed and does not add extra height or require additional materials than a standard concrete, asphalt or under paver pour.

Efficiency

Most new snowmelt systems operate in conjunction with an automatic activation device that will trigger the system on when it senses precipitation and freezing temperatures. These types of devices ensure the system is only on during useful periods and eliminates wasteful energy consumption.

Environmentally friendly

Snowmelt systems are environmentally friendly compared to the use of salt and chemicals to melt the snow, which causes calcium chloride to run into rivers and other critical water supplies. Current systems are more cost effective in the long run than continual salt dumping and removal, and reduce waste by extending the life of the cement.

Low operation costs

A 35-50 watt per sq. ft. electric snowmelt system can melt snow on a 300 sq ft (28 m2). area for under $.50 per continuous hour of operation. The time to melt snow off a driveway (per storm) is usually just a few hours.
An hydronic snowmelt systems costs roughly $.14 to $.25 a sq. ft. to operate, depending on your location.

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  • – A snowmelt system is used to remove snow and ice via embedded electric cables or hydronic PEX tubing. Common areas for snowmelt systems are: driveways, walkways, parking areas, stairways, loading docks, and around car washes.