How to Heat a Driveway with a Hydronic System How to Heat a Driveway with a Hydronic System
Having a heat driveway can be a dream come true. Typically this is done in places that get a great deal of snow to help out with the maintenance. With a heated driveway system, you don't have to worry as much about shoveling. This is great for people who are older or those who don't have the time or energy to go outside several times a day to shovel and get rid of the snow. The hydronic system is great also compared to some of the other systems because in terms of cost, it is much more affordable. If you are considering this type of driveway system, there are a few things that you will need as well as some steps that can help you accomplish this task.
Step 1 - Contact a Professional
You will want to begin by contacting a professional before doing any project like this one. Because of the heating system, as well as being exposed to the elements partially and covered by cement, there is a possibility of many problems occurring. You have to check with the village first to make sure that it is even allowed in your town or area.
You also need to find out if there are any electrical wires that are run around your home under the ground. Finally, you need to be sure that a professional has instructed you on all of the things that can go wrong and how to avoid them in your particular situation or set up. This is an instance where it is worth it to pay to have someone come out for a consultation before you begin to avoid major damage and expenses. You also have to make sure that the cement you are using isn't too heavy for the tubing or else you may cause more damage.
Step 2 - Install Heating System
The heated tubing can be purchased on line or through some hardware stores. You may have to contact a heating professional about where to get it for your own specific situation. Laying down the tubing in the area before the concrete has been poured is the first step. Check out the instructions that come with the tubing so that you know how far apart they should be put down.
Step 3 - Install Driveway
Pouring the concrete is the final step for this project. Once the heating system is laid down, you can mix the concrete. This can be done in a wheelbarrow and should be set up so that the mixture is like cake batter. It should be thick, but easy enough to pour. Also, while you are pouring the concrete for the driveway, you have to make sure that you aren't laying it down too thick on the tubing so as to break them later as they harden.
You should contact a professional to also ask about whether or not you need a barrier between your tubing and cement layer.