Shoveling an icy and snowy driveway on a bitter cold winter’s day is no one’s idea of fun. Still, for the sake of safety and convenience, you have no choice but to brave the elements and clear a path on which to walk and drive your car.
With a heated driveway, you no longer have to spend hours in the cold shoveling heavy snow and stubborn ice. You can decide if a heated driveway is right for you by learning what it is and how much it could cost you.
What is a Heated Driveway?
As its name implies, a heated driveway is a driveway that heats up to melt away snow and ice. Because of the surface heat that it generates, it does not give the snow and ice a chance to accumulate. While the rest of your property may gather inches of precipitation, your driveway will remain clear and safe on which to drive and walk.
A heated driveway can be heated in several different ways. You can lay out heated mats over the driveway to melt away ice and snow. The mats are sturdy enough on which to drive and do not give the precipitation a chance to accumulate in your driveway.
The driveway can also be heated by tubing that runs below the asphalt. When the weather turns cold, heated water and antifreeze are run through the tubing. These elements in turn heat up the asphalt and melt away ice and snow as it falls.
How Much Does a Heated Driveway Cost?
This technology and convenience comes at a cost that you may want to take into consideration. The typical cost for one of these driveways starts at around $12 per square foot. It can run as high as $21 per square foot and higher depending on whether or not you want to have a new driveway laid or the heating element run under your existing driveway.
Statistics show that the average cost for having the heating system installed alone runs a minimum of $3800. This cost does not take into consideration new asphalt that might be required or the cost of labor. Once you take these factors into mind, the entire project can run around $6000 at minimum and as high as $10,000 to $14,000.
What Other Factors Impact the Cost of a Heated Driveway?
Other factors also can set the overall price that you will pay for a heated driveway. To start, the size and curve of the driveway itself can influence the average per square foot price for the project. Long and curved driveways are trickier under which to install heating systems and thus cost more than short and straight driveways.
Further, the type of heating system that you choose to heat your driveway with will also factor into the total cost. Heating mats are the most cost effective choice for heating a driveway if you are on a tight budget. The mats alone cost between $750 to $1500 to buy.
If you prefer to have tubing run under the driveway, you will need to choose between an automatic and manual heating system. A manual system can be programmed manually to turn on during cold weather. An automatic system automatically turns itself on at the start of winter. Automatic systems run between $250 to $500 more than manual driveway heating systems.
If your heating system utilizes hot water rather than electricity to operate, you may need to have a new boiler or hot water heater installed. These installation costs will be added onto the final price of your heated driveway project and up the final price that you pay for the driveway’s installation.
A heated driveway can be a lifesaver in the wintertime when you would rather not shovel ice and snow in the bitter cold. Before you indulge in this luxury, you might want to find out how much the driveway will cost. You also may want to learn what types of heating systems are available with it.