Sarah Beeny Autumn 2017 - 220
who's the boss
Snowmelt systems for driveways are setting
a new trend in home-building in the UK
now conjures up a crisp,
romantic, magical nostalgia
for about two whole minutes
before you remember how
hideous it is to shovel the stuff. So,
yes, you could stay at home, cozy by
the ﬁre ut you really should e at
work and you'll probably need some
groceries at some point, oh, and
maybe you should make some
attempt to get the kids to school.
If your driveway is blocked, or you
have critical work so you need to be
able to get out of the house, or you're
simply worried about slips or trips on
wicked icy patches, you need a
solution to your snowy issue.
And before you reach for your
snow shovel and a good old sprinkle
of salt: did you know that it has a
toxic effect on the environment,
contaminating plants and waterways?
Or that shoveling snow could
potentially damage your health?
Shockingly, studies in America
showed that about 100 deaths and
about 11,000 injuries related to
snow-shoveling occur each winter.
Besides the slips, trips and back
strains, the strenuous exercise of
snow shoveling in the cold can quickly
raise heart rate and blood pressure
more than a work out on a treadmill,
and together with blood vessel
constriction thanks to the icy air, this
creates a perfect environment for
accidents and even cardiac arrests.
Snow melting selection
nder oor heatin is no
popular in new builds with comfort
heating systems being installed
throughout houses and radiators are
disappearing to some extent.
Snowmelt systems are the outdoor
version, keeping driveways, pathways,
steps, parking bays, cycle paths, and
access ramps snow and ice-free.
Snowmelt systems are available in
either wet system or electric heating
systems; electric heating cable
systems can be either "constant
wattage", or new "self-regulating"
heating cable technology, like
Thermotex's SM2 Snow Melt system
Wet systems are great if you have a
solar panel system with excess warm
water which you can circulate
through your driveway to keep the
surface warm enough to stop the
snow settling. It's an "all-winter" type
system that you keep running, so you
won't have to switch it on as the snow
starts falling. For a wet system to
or efﬁciently thou h you ll need
plenty of warm water, with a large
capacity boiler and tank, with space in
your garage or home to house it, too.
And don't forget you'll need plenty of
glycol, too, to prevent frost.
Electric heated driveways are
self-contained and maintenance-free,
which means that you can bury your
electric heating snow-melt system in
your driveway and not worry about it,