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The HeatTrak Homeowner Blog

Facilities Maintenance, Safety and Surviving the Snow

What’s Better: Snow Melting Mats or Heated Driveways?

If you’re considering which option is better, snow melting mats or a heated driveway, then you already understand the appeal of either of these compared to the alternatives. Both are effective in maintaining a snow-free driveway and eliminating issues such as damage from rock salt, the maintenance involved with constant...

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Should You Install a Heated Driveway?

Harsh winter storms, snow and ice accumulations, black ice, shoveling and de-icing: It’s enough to make a homeowner seriously consider installing a heated driveway. The idea sounds tempting, but how much does an in-ground system actually cost? Below is a summary of the average costs of installing and operating different...

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How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Damaging Your Walkway From Salt

Outdoor walkways, whether a simple path connecting your driveway to your main entryway or a winding backyard path that lets you more fully enjoy your landscaping, add value and usability to your home. Yet, that path to your driveway, pool deck, fire pit, gazebo, or garden will need to be...

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How to Melt Snow and Ice Without Damaging Your Driveway From Salt

Every winter, homeowner's in the northern half or so of the United States and all around Canada face the dilemma of how to rid their driveways of snow/ice build-up without doing any damage in the process. Rock salt and other deicers are typically used to melt down snow and ice,...

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Everything You Need to Know About Heated Driveways

As winter approaches, at least in the more northerly portions of the U.S., many homeowners find themselves longing for a way to make snow and ice removal fast and easy, and heated driveway systems immediately come to mind. Heated driveways are easiest to install when pouring a new concrete or...

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Can Rock Salt Damage an Asphalt or Concrete Driveway?

Rock salt (sodium chloride) is one of the most damaging substances that will ever contact your concrete driveway. It accelerates the deterioration caused by winter's freeze-thaw cycles and shortens the lifespan of your concrete pavements. The same is true of asphalt, though to a far lesser degree. How Rock Salt...

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All You Ever Wanted to Know About Heated Driveways: 5 Facts About Heated Driveways

Benefits and drawbacks of heated driveways As this winter season rolls along, some homeowners are already thinking about next winter and how they can make their life easier when it comes to driveway/walkway snow and ice removal. Among those who are thinking ahead, many are no doubt looking into in-pavement...

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