How Much Does a Heated Driveway Cost?
A heated driveway is a type of driveway that has capability to melt snow since it has a heating system built within it. Heated driveways have sensors that help identify when the right time is to activate the heat in order to melt the snow. Heated driveways have been very popular in areas where it snows a lot as it allows homeowners to avoid snow plowing or shoveling. The price of a heated driveway depends on several factors such as the type of the driveway, as well as the power capacity of the heating system.
How much is it?
- The price of heated driveways depends on several factors such as the type of heating system and power capacity of the driveway. Heating system installed beneath the surface is known as an electric radiant heating which can be installed by different contractors. On average, this type of setup is going to cost anywhere from $10 to $25 per square foot installed.
- According to WarmZone.com, heated driveways can cost anywhere from $10 to $21 per square foot, making the cost of an average sized driveway anywhere from $1,300 to $7,500.
- Heated driveways come in different varieties and they function differently. One type of heating system is a hydronic heating system which includes the boiler, controllers, and tubing needed to complete the installation. This type of driveway can cost anywhere from $12 to $22 per square foot installed.
- According to the website ServiceMagic.com, the average heated driveway in America cost around $8,500 to install.
What are the extra costs?
- Before the heating solution is installed underneath the surface, the surface should be demolished first. Professional contractors can perform this task for $500 to $1,500 for a typical driveway size. Keep in mind that this isn’t always the case. There are procedures where a contractor can simply put tubing under the driveway.
- Driveways can be destroyed by the homeowner, saving costs. Tools such as a sledgehammer and jackhammer would be required to perform the job properly.
- Material such as asphalt is going to cost more than concrete.
- A new driveway will have to be placed on top of the radiant heating system. Common driveway types include a concrete or asphalt driveway. See: “How much does a concrete driveway cost?“
- On average, the electricity costs should be anywhere from $0.20 to $.40 per hour per 100 square feet.
What is going to be included?
- A heating cable will be placed underneath the driveway. Equipped with a snow sensor and programmable control unit, the system can automatically turn on when the sensor detects snow. The cables connected through a boiler will automatically turn on and melt the snow and/or ice.
- When most heated driveways activated, heated water and antifreeze will flow through the pipes melting any snow that is on the top surface.
How can I save money?
- To save money, you can find contractors that provide discounts for the installation. You may also want to consider contractors that provide the complete service rather than hiring different companies for different jobs. Use services such as Service Magic to find contractors in your area.