Snow-melting systems can reduce the amount of snow and ice that is present on your driveway. These systems heat your asphalt, concrete, or brick patio, which melts snow and ice. Snow-melting systems come in two primary forms: mats and cables. Each option offers its own unique benefits.
If you want to reduce your driveway ice and snow this winter but aren’t sure which snow-melting system is best for you, take the time to learn about the different benefits that each system has to offer. Here are a few of the benefits associated with snow-melting cables
- Cables Are Lower in Price
One of the major benefits of driveway snow-melting cables is their price. Snow-melting cables are up to 20 percent cheaper than snow-melting mats. Note that cable installation involves more labor than mat installation, but the total cost for a cable snow-melting system is cheaper.
If you are on a budget and want a snow-melting system installed as inexpensively as possible, snow-melting cables may be the better choice for you.
- Cable Installation Can Be Customized
The second benefit associated with snow-melting cables is that the cable installation process can be customized.
One of the benefits of using a driveway snow-melting mat is that the cables are already embedded and adhered to the mat, making installation fast and easy. All the installer has to do is roll the mat out, much like you would roll out a roll of carpet. But if your driveway is not rectangular or square, or if you want more space between your cables, a mat will not work for you.
Cables can be laid in a circular pattern or spaced out how you desire. All in all, cables are perfect for those with curved or circular driveways.
- The Electricity Output Can Be Customized
The third benefit associated with driveway snow-melting cables is that the electricity output for the snow-melting system can be altered or changed when you go with cables. As was mentioned above, the cables are already in place when you use a snow melting mat. The space is predetermined, and along with that fixed position, the amount of electricity the mat uses is pre-determined.
When cables are laid, a great installer can determine how much heat you will need to melt ice and snow on the coldest of days. They can then figure out the spacing your cables need to produce that heat. These calculations help ensure that your system is not using more electricity to heat cables than is needed, ultimately helping to ensure you aren’t spending more on electricity than you need to.
- Cables Can Be Used for Various Snow-Melting Projects
The final benefit associated with using driveway snow-melting cables is that the cables can be used for other snow-melting projects. If you want to install a snow-melting system on your sidewalk, under your exterior stairs, or on your roof, snow-melting cables can be used for these projects as well.
Most snow-melting mats cannot be used for other projects because the mats are too wide and too heavy. If you complete multiple projects, you may want to have to order only one type of melting system. If you seek simplicity amid multiple projects, cables are the way to go.
Are you tired of shoveling snow from your driveway in Utah, Idaho, or Wyoming? If so, it may be time to invest in a driveway snow melting system. Here at Custom Comfort Plumbing, Heating & Cooling LLC, we can help you determine the best snow-melting system for your needs and install it so you don’t have to deal with driveway snow this winter. Contact us today to get started.