Shoveling snow is no fun. Neither is falling on an icy driveway. One way to avoid these problems is a heated driveway. Heated driveways keep the pavement warm enough to melt falling snow when it hits the ground. Here are the benefits:

There are two types of heated driveways. Both use radiant floor heating systems (like you may have in your bathroom):

The biggest drawback to heated driveways is cost. They can cost thousands of dollars – more if you need to rip up your driveway. That pays for several years of a professional plowing service (but again, consider the benefits before making a decision).

There are also operational costs. Water-based systems are more expensive initially, but electrical systems will use more energy during operation.

There are also a few ways to cut down on cost.