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Last updated on September 1st, 2022

Heated driveway cost guide

As winter sets in, so will the ice and snow. Here, we'll take a look at how much it will cost to install a heated driveway.

Whether you love or hate it, one thing’s for sure: when winter comes none of us wants to risk the chance of slipping and falling when we leave the house.

If you’re hoping to prevent snow or ice-related falls and eliminate the need for shovelling snow this winter, a heated driveway could be a good investment.

How much does a heated driveway cost?

Cost provided itemUnitCost+VAT (lower range)Cost+VAT (higher range)Average UK cost
Heated driveway InstallationPer installation£1,300£4,900£3,100
Installation under asphaltPer installation--£6,700
Installation under concretePer installation--£6,000
Breaking up and removing the existing driveway (by hand)Per m2£93£157£125
Breaking up and removing the existing driveway (by machine)Per m2£40£60£50
Installing drainage and soakawayPer installation£4,000£6,000£5,000

Our costs are ballpark averages – get a local tradesperson to quote now

The cost of a heated driveway will depend on a number of factors:

  • The size of your driveway.
  • Whether you can keep your existing driveway intact.
  • What materials you use if you do need to replace your driveway.
  • What kind of heating system you install.

You may be able to run tubing under your existing driveway to save you from having to break it up and install a new one over the top of the heating system. This will depend on things like soil compaction and whether there are trees in proximity.

But be warned. Installing a heating system beneath your existing driveway won’t allow you to check whether it’s been installed correctly, so heated driveways that have been built in this way often don’t come with very long warranties (if they come with any warranty at all).

Heated driveway cost per square foot

The typical cost of a heated driveway system is around £3,100.

However, there are some other costs that you’ll need to factor in as well:

  • Breaking up and removing the existing driveway: Breaking up and removing the existing driveway and regulating it ready for a heating system will cost £125 by hand and £50 by machine, per m2.
  • Installing drainage: Installing a 4m wide ACO drainage channel and soakaway where the driveway meets the street will cost around £5,000.

Average heated driveway price

The average cost of installing a radiant heating system is £3,100. This doesn’t include the cost of building the new driveway on top, which will vary depending on what materials you use.

How to save on the cost to install a heated driveway

Cost to install heated driveway

If you’re hoping to reduce the cost of installing a heated driveway, consider taking these steps:

  • Target trouble spots only, like the wheel tracks of your driveway or by your front door, instead of covering the whole drive.
  • Break up and remove the old driveway yourself.
  • Use cheaper materials like concrete to build over the heating system, rather than authentic materials like stone.

Electric heated driveway cost key takeaways

  • Most heated driveway installations require breaking up and removing the old driveway.
  • The typical cost of a heated driveway system is £3,100.
  • Remember to factor in the cost of drainage and removing the old driveway.
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