Increase safety and convenience by keeping driveways snow-free with our range of heated driveway mats. Read more and learn how much it costs to melt snow on driveways, using snow melt systems.
How to melt snow?
Warmup offers one snow melting system, available in two formats: heated mat and heated cable.
The heated mats have the heated cable pre-spaced on a mesh, for an easy roll-out installation. They are 2ft or 3ft wide. With a cable spacing providing 50 watts of heat per square foot, the result will be the best even under the harshest conditions. The snow melt mat for driveways is available in 240V.
The heated cable allows for maximum flexibility and generates 12 watts per linear foot. The heated snow melt cable is available in 240V.
Both systems are commonly used in concrete pours, asphalt driveways and paved walkways.
How do snow melting mats and cables work?
Warmup snow melt mats and cables are the fastest and easiest way to melt snow on driveways and in a variety of outdoor surfaces. They can be laid in mortar, sand or crushed gravel under stonework or landscape pavers. From bluestone to limestone and traditional pavers, our snow-melting cables and mats can operate effectively up to under 6” of material.
The heated snow mats can be designed and laid out to any shape and will be connected to an automatic controller. The outdoor controller detects when snow is about to fall and brings the surface area to above-freezing temperature (40-45F). Equipped to detect temperature variations and moisture in the air and ground, the control unit turns on the snow-melting system only when necessary. This feature ensures not only safety but efficiency as well.
Lay the heated snow cable directly on the concrete structure using the provided spacing clips, or tie the cable to the reinforcing bar and lay over the gravel base in the wood casings.
Designing your system
Whether your driveway is in concrete, asphalt or pavers, electric snow-melting mats and cables are easy to install and operate. These systems may be installed to cover the entire driveway or sections of the driveway like “tire-tracks”, to help limit the amount of square footage needed.
- Full Coverage for a heated driveway will keep the entire area completely free of snow
- Partial coverage – “tire tracks” – will clear a path for a car and prevent snow build up against the garage door and base of the street that often gets covered by plows. This will provide you with a snow-free area where you need it most and give you access in and out your heated driveway while keeping both initial costs and running costs down
Warmup will help you choose the necessary heated snow mats and cables to cover the desired area. Depending on the project, we will recommend one of two control types: outdoor mounted “all-in-one” controller (DS-2C or DS-5C), or a more sophisticated indoor mounted “dual zone” controller (Commbox-600, GF-PRO).
How much does a heated driveway cost to operate?
The real benefit of choosing an electric system is the simplicity of its design and consequently, the lower cost to buy and install.
A typical 80ft driveway designed with two tire-tracks (see partial coverage above) and connected to an automatic controller will cost $1,530. Installation costs are minimal when it comes to lay the mats down as they are pre-spaced and laid out. Electrical work can vary but will run from $300 to $700. Operating your Warmup snow melting system will run about $150 to $200 a winter in Chicago, IL based on the above project. It will snow on average 13 times during a typical Chicago winter.
These cables and mats offer flexible layout possibilities and are the choice for residential and commercial driveways. Suitable bases include crushed gravel, sand bed and insulation sheets.
|Area ft2||Item||Size||Wattage (W)||Amps (A)||Resistance (Ω)|
|10||WSMM-D-0500-240||2′ x 5′||500||2.1||115.20|
|20||WSMM-D-1000-240||2′ x 10′||1000||4.2||57.60|
|30||WSMM-D-1500-240||2′ x 15′||1500||6.3||38.40|
|40||WSMM-D-2000-240||2′ x 20′||2000||8.3||28.80|
|50||WSMM-D-2500-240||2′ x 25′||2500||10.4||23.00|
|60||WSMM-D-3000-240||2′ x 30′||3000||12.5||19.20|
|70||WSMM-D-3500-240||2′ x 35′||3500||14.6||16.46|
|80||WSMM-D-4000-240||2′ x 40′||4000||16.7||14.40|
|90||WSMM-D-4500-240||2′ x 45′||4500||18.8||12.80|
|100||WSMM-D-5000-240||2′ x 50′||5000||20.8||11.50|
|120||WSMM-D-6000-240||2′ x 60′||6000||25.0||9.60|
|Length (ft)||Item *||Cable spaced at||Wattage (W)||Amps (A)||Resistance (Ω)|
|Gives sq ft coverage of|
*Does not exist in 120V
- A controller (see below options)
- A nameplate (Warmup will provide)
If using loose cable:
- Bricks (to elevate wire mesh)
- Zip ties
- Re-mesh at 4″ on center