How Do Heated Driveways Work?
Warmup snow melting products are composed of electrical cables and mats, connected to moisture and temperature sensing controllers. When placed in concrete, asphalt or under pavers, Warmup snow melting mats and cables prevent the accumulation of ice and snow on driveways, walkways and stairs. It monitors moisture, temperature, and precipitation, the controller will turn the system on to heat the surface just above freezing. Timer systems exist as well and are operated manually, but may fail to keep up with snow fall if activated late. In contrast, the Warmup WSM-252W activates based on the weather forecast, so it can preheat the slab before the snowfall. Snow melting mat systems are composed of heating cables laid loose on re-mesh or preformed mesh mats for a faster installation. For custom layouts and curves, loose cables are recommended. For straight runs, walkways and tire-tracks, Warmups 2ft and 3ft-wide mats are the best choice.
For under pavers
Heated walkway pavers offer the best of both worlds: style and function. During a typical paver installation snow melting mats or cables are laid on a drained gravel base followed by a layer of sand or fine gravel. This layer should be at least 1". Once this is done, the pavers can be laid.
For concrete / asphalt
Warmup snow melting mats can be installed directly on an existing concrete or asphalt surface before an additional 2" pour or can be laid on a drained gravel base before a new pour. For an asphalt installation Warmup does recommend hand rolling the surface. During installation it is important not to use equipment over 1 ton.
Would you benefit from a Warmup Heated Driveway System?
WarmUp Heating is universal, Heating a residential or commercial driveway is a great way to prepare for the winter. A Warmup system can offer you peace of mind. Warmup snow melting mats and cables can be easily installed under pavers, asphalt, or concrete during driveway installation to ensure that a snow and ice-free surface will be maintained. You can increase safety and convenience all while saving time this winter with our wide range of snow melting systems.