- Mon Dec 08, 2008 6:37 pm
Not a new idea, but an expensive one.
A couple places tried it near me using electric heat in the concrete. Bad idea, the heat coils go bad then you have sections that are snowy and sections that are not.
My suggestion would be when you are installing the drive way or sidewalk, to dig a little deeper and run Plastic tubing like pex in the pea gravel. Black top or concrete above the gravel.
Your heating unit would most likely be in the garage or utility room and you only run it until the snow is melted and dried, probably about 8 hours. then shut it down till the next snow storm.
Of course you use antifreeze coolant, like used in cars, to keep the coolant from freezing and damaging the tubing.
The heater can be electric or gas. Electric is ok here because the heating coil can be replaced.
This is an idea I will actually do when my driveway is redone in the future.