Heated Driveway Installation In Chicago – Snowmelt Systems For Homes
As the summer comes to a close, thoughts turn to crisp autumn evenings and the pleasures of Fall. However, Chicagoans no that Fall lasts about two seconds around here. If you are thinking seriously about heated driveway installation, now is the time. Homeowners interested in installing residential snowmelt systems need to complete their projects before the cold temperatures arrive.
How Long Does Heated Driveway Installation Take?
Like all projects, the completion time depends on the size and scope of each system. For example, homes with large existing driveways will take longer than new construction homes. Time frames can range anywhere from a couple of weeks, to over a month. Timeframe considerations include:
- Type of system to be installed: Will the system be electric of hydronic? Electric systems are quicker to install, but will consume more energy. This results in higher operating costs. Hydronic will take longer to install, but will be highly energy efficient.
- Type of Driveway: Concrete and pavement based driveways require set times. This increases installation time. Also, these materials make it very difficult to perform repairs. Paver based driveways are a much better alternative. They do not require additional time to settle, and they offer easy access to repair the system if needed.
- New Driveway or Replacement: The original driveway must be removed before the new heated driveway installation can begin on existing homes. When a home is under construction, a heated driveway is installed during the building process.
With snow melt systems, it is a good Idea to plan ahead and start as soon as possible. Optimal installation should begin in the summer. That being said, early fall is acceptable for paver-based hydronic systems. The benefits of installing a heated driveway are worth the wait. These systems add safety and convenience as well as value to a home.
Polar Heating and Air Conditioning offers free estimates on all new snow melt system installations. Contact us today to learn more.