As winter sets in, so will the ice and snow. But whether you love or hate it, one thing’s for sure: 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.
Here, we’ll take a look at exactly how much a heated driveway will cost.
|Item||Unit||Cost+VAT (lower range)||Cost+VAT (higher range)||Average cost|
|Heated driveway Installation||Per installation||£1,000||£5,800||£3,013|
|Installation under asphalt||Per installation||-||-||£6,654|
|Installation under concrete||Per installation||-||-||£5,839|
|Breaking up and removing the existing driveway||Per m2||£85||£150||£118|
|Installing drainage and soakaway||Per installation||£3,000||£5,000||£4,000|
|Running costs||Per 8 hour period||£9||£12||£10.50|
How much does a heated driveway cost?
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 between £9 and £16 per square foot.
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 between £85 and £150 per square metre.
- Installing drainage: Installing a 4m wide ACO drainage channel and soakaway where the driveway meets the street will cost around £3,000 – £5,000.
- Running costs: Expect the cost of running the heating system to come in at around £9 – £12 per eight hour period.
Average heated driveway price
The average cost of installing a radiant heating system is £3,013, with a low of £1,000 and a high of £5,800. This doesn’t include the cost of building the new driveway on top, which will vary depending on what materials you use.
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How to save on the cost to install a 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.
- Smash 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 between £9 and £16 per square foot.
- Remember to factor in the cost of drainage and removing the old driveway.
- Running costs are likely to be in the region of £9 – £12 per eight hour period.
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