When it comes to getting ready for the frigid, winter snows, the Public Works Department of Greenbelt, Maryland are no slouches, and begin to get ready for winter as early as late September or early October. Greenbelt usually gets an average of about 13 inches of snow per year. As you may be able to guess, all of this snow and ice is not only an inconvenience, it’s also hazardous to our health and overall well being. Not only that, but every day commuting becomes much riskier, due to the accumulation of snow and ice on the roadways. All of this, along with the negative health effects of shoveling snow, and damage road salt does to our concrete and environment, means that it’s time for many to find a better way, a new and more efficient solution. At East Coast Landscape and Design, in Greenbelt MD, we believe that the installation of heated driveways and walkways provides you with the perfect solution.
Making Our Driveways and Walkways Snow and Ice Free
An asphalt or concrete driveway is a splendid addition to any residential property. Properly maintained these driveways will not only improve the appearance of your home, but also add to their property value and curb appeal. Freezing rain, snow and ice not only are dangerous for you and your family, but they can also play havoc with the state of your concrete or aged asphalt driveway. Salt will cause your concrete driveway or walkway to deteriorate. So, knowing this, how can you keep your drive and walkways free from ice and snow accumulation?
This is accomplished by the installation of an outdoor radiant heating system, also known as snow melt technology. Which means that your driveway and walkways will be free from ice and snow during the season, and do it all without the use of harsh chemicals, such as road salts. This snow melt technology works by heating up the surface of your pavement, so the moment when snow hits the surface, it will immediately melt, leaving you with no accumulation. The end result is a clean driveway or walkway, free from snow and ice.
The Problem with Deicers
There’s no question about it, a well paved driveway is an asset to your property, so why contribute to its early ruination by applying rock salt and other deicers? Were you aware, that over time, the utilization of rock salt to melt snow and ice will cause wide, unsightly cracks, pits and holes in your concrete? All of this unnecessary damage adds up to costly maintenance repairs down the road. This damage occurs because rock salt is made up of sodium chloride. As the rock salt does its duty of melting snow and ice, it also penetrates your pavements porous surface and cracks. Add the fact that as the ice and snow melts, the resulting runoff spills into our environment, causing much damage to wildlife and vegetation.
What Exactly is Outdoor Radiant Heating?
When it comes to outdoor radiant heating, the two types to consider are electric and hydronic. In the electric method, a current begins to travel down a series of metal rods or cables. The current causes a gentle increase in temperature, which then warms the surface of the pavement. In hydronic radiant heating, a professional will install tubing beneath your pavement. Then, a blend of water and antifreeze will travel through the tubes, heating up the pavement. In each case, the surface warms so no snow or ice can gain a solid footing, and your pavement remains clear.
Keep in mind that when you plan your installation, that you only need to install the heating system where you need it. This means that no matter the size of your driveway, if you only require a certain square footage to be heated, then that is all which is installed, no more and no less. Once installed, know that your new, outdoor radiant heating system will not require any further maintenance. When you notice the first signs of snowfall, just walk to your indoor switch, flip it and go back to whatever it is you were doing. No more backbreaking shoveling routines several times a day, no more lugging home bags of rock salt, and no more paying rental fees for snow blowers.
These snow melt systems need not be limited to your heated driveways and walkways in Greenbelt, MD. In fact, did you know we can also help you install them underneath your concrete patio, around your hot tub and perhaps, even your balcony? This is very true. With the addition of snow melt heating to your patio, you are now free to grill your favorite meals, all year long. Once installed around your hot tub, entering and leaving the tub will no longer mean placing your feet on frozen concrete. Instead, you’ll be immersed by the soft, warm heat which emanates from the surrounding pavement.
When it comes to finding answer to your snow removal questions or any of your landscaping needs, let the professionals at East Coast Landscape and Design be your trusted guide. East Coast Landscape and Design is your one stop solution for all of your outdoor radiant heating needs. Our heated driveways and walkways have make the lives of our clients in Greenbelt, MD much easier during the winter months, as they now let the pavement remove the snow and ice for them. If this solution is for you, why not give us a call at 301-421-4141 to request an estimate today. One of our friendly and informed staff members will be right there to assist you with any queries you may have.