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The tire-tracks format for snow melting systems greatly reduces operating cost and energy consumption. Plus, the system only needs to run when it's snowing.
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Snowy winters can be a pain, especially when you have to shovel and salt your driveway, patio, walkway, or stairs all season long. But with our snow melting solutions, you can stay comfortable inside and let the pavement do the work for you.
We offer a selection of snow melting systems that heat driveways, patios, walkways, or stairs and can be installed in asphalt, concrete, or under pavers in mortar.
This is a great point to bring up - many people forget that these systems are not just a luxury but a necessity for some who live in colder climates and are unable to clear snow and ice. Especially with more people aging in their home, investing in a system like this will guarantee you can have a snow-free driveway, walkway or stairs for many years. Thanks for watching!
This is very cool. I always wondered about a heated drive with asphalt as the house I grew up in had a concrete heated driveway. As long as the switch was turned on before the snowfall it would work great...but if it wasn't....we still had to shovel. I grew up in MI and it was back in the 70's......with the cost of electricity these days....I will have to stick with my snow thrower. But hey thanks for a great video presentation..thumbs up !!! ;-)
Lake George, NY
Danilo, our systems are well tested and only warm up the surface to just above freezing to help melt the snow. So "warm up" is relative to the frigid temperatures outside. Consider how much an asphalt driveway is warmed up by just the sun alone during summer, our systems fall well below that threshold and do not compromise the structural integrity of the driveway.
Hi Hector, these systems need to be installed well before winter, which is why we have separate videos here to show it at work during snowfall: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgwA-ZV_fANYWNq_O1F4AaABAg . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRzHjo78t7Y . https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mYTxI8dVwGM
They are indeed putting down a base layer of asphalt, laying out the snow melt mats and then applying a top layer of asphalt. These wires heat up and radiate warmth to help melt the snow and are incredibly durable. The asphalt's temperature does not damage it during installation as long as all steps are followed properly. The most important thing is to make sure that heavy machinery is not rolled directly over the heating cables, or using sharp tools like rakes or shovels to move the cables that could nick the casing/wire. Thanks for watching!
While winter tires may help your car handle the snow, there are plenty of falling accidents that happen from a snowy driveway. Especially for the elderly, this type of system could give peace of mind that there's no more salting or shoveling and they still get to enjoy a clear driveway. We actually specialize in floor heating so we wanted to offer a solution for the outdoors as well. You can find out what the cost would be for this type of system by checking out our online quote builder tool for snow melting or floor heating: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/quote-builder . Thanks for watching!
This looks like a great system but lets be honest its really for people who not only are wealthy but also have money to burn. That was one expensive looking driveway. Cool product and if I ever hit Powerball I will be in it. Thanks
The machines used are designed to safely go over the embedded snow melt system to help compact the asphalt. It is advised that large machines/cars should not drive directly over the cable when exposed (not yet embedded in asphalt).
This would be expensive to install because the final layer of paving has to be done by hand with shovels and no paving company wants to do this. Also, the surface would not be a cosistant thickness due to the absence of a paving machine screed board, and surface would cause a bouncy ride.
Well, it turns out that many customers are willing to pay a bit more for the type of install needed if it means no more shoveling or salting their driveway. Investing in a system that's installed correctly will pay off in the long run. 👍
While a paving machine can't be used, there are many driveways that have been installed just like this with our snow melt system. We've have had no issues that compromise the functionality of the asphalt driveway with this type of installation, plus no more salting or shoveling!
KC, our systems use 50 watts per square foot. And if you opt for tire track coverage, as these homeowners did, you cut down on electrical cost significantly. Compared to the cost of salt bags and back breaking shoveling, it can definitely be worth it in areas that have lower electrical costs.
I'm at about 7000' in the Sierras. On occasion, snow can get very deep in a very short period of time. Does this pose a unique challenge? For instance, if I did just the two tracks, would I expect to still show up to a 4' tower of snow down the middle? Or, does the heat radiate enough to mitigate that? I've got about 40' of sloping driveway; straight to the garage. Also, we can go weeks without any snow at all. Will the tracks engage at a low temp, anyway? Or is there also a moisture sensor?
Our systems are designed to melt 1-3" of snow per hour on average - depending on the weather conditions. Sudden snowfall (like a blizzard with several feet overnight) will not melt as quickly but it will eventually melt.
As for the tire tracks layout, the heating cables only radiate out by 1.5", which is why we often space them at 3" to have complete coverage. If you got 4' of snowfall, there would still be a buildup in the center, but any snow that fell onto the tire track would be melted. The great thing though as that these systems not only melt the snow but they also help prevent any melted snow from refreezing into black ice.
These systems come with various types of controls and sensors, so depending on what's selected, the system could detect moisture and temperature to make sure it's only turning on when snow is present on the surface of the driveway. Helping the system only turn on when you need it.
Here is a link to our main page for this type of product: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/driveway .
And here is our online tool that could help you figure out what the cost might be to cover your driveway: https://www.warmlyyours.com/snow-melting/quote-builder . The difference in cost between full coverage and tire track layout for a 40' driveway is roughly $1300.
Thanks for watching!
It's completely up to the owners. Many often choose tire track coverage to help cut down on electrical cost and installation cost. Especially for those that have very long driveways, tire track coverage can help make this type of project much more affordable and practical to use without excessive use of electricity.
The system can run as frequently as you need it to. Most customers purchase sensors and advanced controls which allow the system to detect snow on its own and start melting when needed. There are always manual override to these controls, so should you need to turn it on you are able to. The systems with advanced controls are designed to turn on when its energy efficient to do so. If it is snowing too much too quickly, the system will automatically shut off, but you can turn it on manually if you don't mind using more electricity to do so.
+WarmlyYours Yes perhaps you may be right. Kalamazoo city was first to do so and later Holland city, Michigan USA, which actually has 100 miles of heated streets and sidewalks to melt the snow in downtown Holland. Kalamazoo is currently expanding. A lot of turism in both cities because of it during the winter months.
By the look of it, those are hydronic heating tubes for snow melt, but works almost exactly like our electric heating systems do by keeping the surface area just warm enough to melt the snow. Thanks for sharing!
I didn't hear what the voltage is? I thought I heard him mention low voltage or anything about the electrical system with respect to volatage...115 or 220 and it it stepped down to a lower voltage higher amps? Curent draw? And would it work under a brick driveway?
Hi, you can find more information on how these systems are used for driveways here: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/driveway The snow melting mats come in 120 and 240 while the cables come in 120, 208, 240 and 277. And yes, these systems will work under pavers as long as they are embedded. They will also work underneath concrete areas and of course asphalt. Thanks for watching!
Most people do assume that but our systems actually help keep the melted snow from refreezing and essentially evaporate the melted snow. If you watch our timelapse video of the system at work, you can see that the heated areas stay clear of snow and ice as soon as it hits the ground: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=Ugy22IfHK4ImiBMh8Fp4AaABAg
While we do offer full coverage, tire tracks are a convenient option for those who want to save on monthly electrical cost as well as the installation cost for this type of project. Completely up to the homeowners to decide what works best for them.
We understand that a snow melt system isn't for everyone, but we do ask that you do your research into what actual costs are (both installation and operational) before assuming that something is just a "money drain." We offer all the resources for someone to decide on their own whether this system is the best fit for them. Feel free to check it out when you have a chance: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting/driveway/asphalt-design-guide (Much warm, very comforty, such melt.)
+WarmlyYours I didn't actually know this was your product, thought it was a random channel. The why not would just be too expensive for what it does, it is a serious money drain to heat something like a big drive that is freezing cold(convenient or not) and contributes to global warming!
We see your point, but cheaper isn't always better - consider how long you may have to wait for someone to come clear your driveway, especially if you live in more rural areas where driveways are especially long and neighbors are further away. With our system, you just turn it on and the melting is done for you. If you can afford convenience, why not invest in it. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
I currently pay about $800/year for driveway clearing as a subscription service, which is great to have a cleared driveway at a vacation home. They come out daily or multiple times to the neighborhood, as needed. Which is great. My problem is, 2' of snow can pile up in my driveway between plows. Had to shovel my way into the house tonight, for instance (which is why I'm watching this video tonight!). I've not done the cost analysis, with energy considered, but -- random guess -- I'm thinking 5 to 6 year payback.
It might be cheaper, but it's not as convenient. Hiring a plow, or even someone to shovel it, means waiting for them to show up remove the top layer of snow while pushing the rest of it into the cracks and crevices which will refreeze into an icy surface. With a snow melt system, there's no waiting, no salting and no shoveling. With some of the sensors and controls we offer, the system can detect the conditions for snow and turn itself on when needed while also limiting its use in the case of extreme storms so as not to waste energy.
Hi Matheus, these installs typically happen well before Winter and therefore the system could not be shown working during that time of year. If you watch this video you can see it at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI As for repairs, with electrical tools and thermal cameras, you could easily detect any issues with the system and make isolated repairs to parts of the driveway without ripping up the whole system.
That is definitely a huge project and electric heating may not be the most energy efficient for a driveway that large. For tire track coverage on a 1/4 mile long driveway, you'd be using 264.1 kWh an hour (the national average of $0.15 per kWh would come out to roughly $39.62 to run per hour.) There are also options with geothermal systems that we've heard have helped with much larger projects and uses the earth's natural radiant heat beneath the surface to help melt snow. Thanks for watching though!
Hi William, this product can work for concrete, asphalt and embedded in mortar underneath pavers. Here is a link to our page with more information on this product: https://www.warmlyyours.com/en-US/snow-melting
Actually Steamrollers are used modern day the term Steamroller does not come from a steam powered unit dumb dumb the term steamrollered came about due to the steam that is produced when the cooling water of the drums come in contact with the hot asphalt seriously next time you're driving on a cool summer morning and a Paving crews out put down your cell phone for a few seconds and look the rollers will be steaming like crazy that's where the term comes from dumb dumb
The equipment that Scott is referring to in the video are the large asphalt paving machines. They typically carry the asphalt in front of them with a trough and then pound it down after it was been spread out. These machines are far too heavy to drive over the embedded heating cable so a asphalt roller is used instead for this type of install.
Hi Nyda, we installed this system well before Winter, hence no snow or ice to test it around that time of year. In this video you can see it at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgyUToDWnBMKZApBQot4AaABAg
There is little to no yearly upkeep for our snow melt systems. Most of the work goes into installing them correctly and making sure the sensors for controls are connected properly and located in the best spot. As for energy usage, most systems would only need to run on average for 6 hours per snow day.
As for the cost, when this system was installed, the going rate was $0.08 per kWh (Chicago suburbs), this system uses 15 kWh and costs roughly $1.20 per hour to run. For an average snowfall, you would run this system for about 6 hours in a day, costing you only $7.20 per snow event. There is always an option to manually turn off the system should you want to further cut down on energy cost.
No you did not, thank you for catching that! Scott did mention concrete instead of asphalt since most of the jobs we get asked for on-site support are typically for concrete. This install was indeed done with just asphalt for the driveway.
For those who are unable to physically shovel their driveway - systems like these can help keep walkways clear of ice and snow, making for a much safer outdoor space to get in and out of their car all winter long. Plus, if you're already replacing your driveway from normal wear and tear, the additional of a snow melt system is minimal compared to the cost of the driveway replacement itself.
If the driveway needs to be replaced, the system would also need to be removed with the old asphalt and replaced. We often recommend the installation of these systems when you have to replace your driveway anyways.
We don't currently offer any controls that automatically convert solar energy to power the system. But if you live somewhere with plenty of sun and plenty of snow, I'm sure there is something out there that would allow you to connect already installed solar panels to the power source for any outdoor electrical needs and then this system would connect to that. It is something we have been asked often and we are definitely interested in how solar power can work with all of our products.
Hi there, we actually have a separate video of the system at work. You can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI&lc=UgiMqkz44hrLaHgCoAEC These systems typically need to be installed Spring - Early Fall, so showing it at work had to wait until we had some snowfall. Thanks for watching!
The whole crew helps the project move along quickly while the asphalt is still warm enough to work with - that's the one difficult thing with asphalt projects in that you have to be ready to use your supply immediately and get it set quickly. But our systems are also compatible with concrete driveways as well as pavers (as long as the system is embedded underneath them).
What actually happens? Say there's a blizzard which leaves multiple layers of snow AND ice. I imagine one would have to leave it on for days at a time which would be expensive! ( for instance heated swimming pools really pack an electric bill). Probably impractical North of the Mason Dixon line
Many of the advanced controls for these systems come with an auto-shutoff feature that turns the system off if conditions are too extreme - this helps save on electricity and prevents you from spending too much money during a bad storm. Our Snow Melt Systems are not designed to handle something as extreme as a blizzard, but for typical snow events, these systems are very reliable.
No, wtf they are doing? Here in Russia. roads are made ONLY when its heavy raining, and ONLY using a rusty shovels and drunk workers. And this. This is just ridiculus video. And there cant be any system that melt snow and ice. Snow and ice is holy in Russia! Ice must be on every road even in summer! If there is no ice - how do you die in car accident? It is normal to die because of ice on road. Am i right?
Well, hopefully you'll change that "dislike" into a "like" since we do have a separate video showing the system at work: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7wdpsTCYoXI The install was done in the Fall - well before any snowfall.
If the sensor malfunctions, it won't detect snow/moisture and therefore won't activate. We have not seen a review or received any feedback for our snow melt systems where a customer had this type of issue. If it is a concern to someone, they could opt for one of our controls that is manual and turn it on and off when they need it.
Unless it was installed incorrectly (e.g. a cable was knicked or damaged while laying out system) it is incredibly unlikely the system just fails. These products have a 10 year warranty. We've had few calls for repairs, but when we do, they have often been from damaged that occurred during installation.
While snow tires may help your car get around more easily in the snow, our snow melt systems allow you to get in and out of your car safely. One of the biggest hazards during the winter is slipping on ice and snow - with our systems you can create snow free walkways to and from your car, making it safer and easier to get around.
Lets see this in the winter...No reflective material under the mat which mean 1/2 the heat will go down into the ground which is worthless. When it snows you will have to bare patches down your driveway. What voltage are the mats using ?
These systems are embedded in the surface material of your driveway (whether that's asphalt, concrete or in mortar under pavers). By doing this, the heat is evenly distributed throughout the surface and allows it to warm up consistently. Unless someone damages the heating elements of the system before installation, there will not be any patches of unmelted snow while the system is operating. The configuration in this installation was a unique type of tire track layout that the homeowners picked. These mats use 50 watts per square foot, you can learn more about our snow melt systems on our website: https://www.warmlyyours.com/products/snow-melting
While most assume you would have to tear up the whole driveway to repair the system, this is never the case with our radiant heating systems. With a set of specialized tools that we rent out to customers, you can identify if and where there is damage to the cable. If installed according to plan, you can find the distance into the mat or cable that there is an issue with a wire. After digging up a small portion of surface material, an electrician can do a splice repair (we sell kits for these if needed). We covered this topic in a recent YouTube live webinar, here is the part of the presentation where they address it: https://youtu.be/DyDW0Ej9ILg?t=12m43s
Our snow melt systems can only be installed by embedding them in asphalt, concrete or in mortar under pavers. Loose gravel would not provide the structural support or protection this system needs to evenly heat the surface. Our snow melt systems come with a 10 year no nonsense warranty. You can learn more here: https://www.warmlyyours.com/products/snow-melting
self regulating heater cable like this has been around for over 20 years nothing new can be used for anything from stopping pipes from freezing under lagging to being used in trays to fit under treads on metal fire escapes to stop them freezing
Our systems actually precent people from getting hurt - with how slippery ice can get, our systems create safe walking areas at home to get in and our of your car or load/unload your car. The junction box is installed according to local code, so unless you're a pretty bad driver, we doubt someone would hit that location during regular use of their driveway.
If there are ever any issues with the system, specifically the cables that are embedded under the surface material, we have tech specialists that can help you identify where the problem may be. If there is a problem under the surface material, only a small portion would need to be removed in order to access the wires and do a splice repair. This would be done by one of our tech specialists if you're in the area or a licensed electrician. Once the repair is done, the area would just need to be patched back up with the surface material you have in that spot.
Sound really good however, you do need to replace asphalt every 7 years + or - a few years depending on wether and use of driveway. What happens to your system then?
I’m going off of a short home driveway 1 car in Upstate N.Y. - every 3 years the asphalt gets resurfaced and every 7 years it needs to be redone completely just because of snow and salt on the road.
WarmlyYours - the driveway was not replaced just because of salt. Didn’t use it on the driveway anyway cause it was shoveled off.Neighbor plowed it for me.
No the driveway needed to be replaced because of the temperature. Months of cold then warmed up. The expansion and contraction of the asphalt in such temperatures is why it has to be replaced so often.
Upstate NY, 4 to 6 months of snow followed by the warming up then 1, 2 months of heat and humidity in the summer.
If you're driveway would need to be replaced, then so would the system. But the great thing with a snow melt system, is that you would be using less salt and have less wear and tear on your driveway if the salt is what's usually damaging it.
So, how far north is this still usable? I mean, when it’s a heavy snowfall and several degrees below freezing it’s bound to become pretty icy if the snow melts and freezes. Like leaving the compartment heater plugged in the car during a week of heavy snowfall with low low temperature
Our systems are able to run efficiently below freezing until it hits 17 degrees Fahrenheit. At this temperature, the system is not melting at the same rate as before, and becomes less economical to run. Most controls for our systems have a built-in feature to shut off around this temperature to ensure it is not using electricity inefficiently. We have customers who have installed this up in Canada near Toronto and still get plenty of use out of it throughout the Winter.
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