A few hours of steady snowfall can leave everything covered in white. Though visually, it looks glorious, it’s equally stressful for the homeowners to shovel out knee-deep snow off their driveways and porch.
Particularly in Chicago, where temperatures can drop to as low as -23 degrees (as recorded on 30th January 2019), it can be stressful to salt and shovel the ice on your porch on a freezing morning.
You could hire a snow ploughing service; however, for people living in areas with extreme and long winters, the most plausible solution is a snow melting system. An increasing number of homeowners are getting these systems installed in Chicago, and here’s why.
Clears Snow as It Falls
The snow melting system works on getting rid of the snow as it begins to fall. This means you won’t have to wake up 2 hours earlier every morning to shovel snow off your driveway and car before you head out for work.
Snow Melt Systems Are Budget-Friendly
Many people assume that installing or repairing a snow melting system will cost them an arm and a leg, especially if they have a wide and long driveway. In reality, however, these units are affordable, ranging from $1200 to $1500 for 20 inches wide and a 40-foot long driveway. The cost may be lower for a smaller driveway.
No Water Left Behind
As long as your driveway is designed according to the standards and has a proper drainage system, the water resulting from heated snow will disappear as soon as the melting cycle finishes. You’ll wake up to a dry, nice, and clean driveway and walkway!
Keeps Your Driveway in Good Condition in 60605
Ice buildup and accumulation of water can deteriorate the structural integrity of your driveway. Whether it’s a concrete, asphalt, and brick or stone driveway, accumulated snow can result in cracks and ditches if not removed for long.
Furthermore, sharp snow plow and snow melting chemicals and salts can damage the driveway’s surface. A defected driveway not only affects the curb appeal of your home, but also destroys the suspension, tires, and other parts of your car.
If your snow melting system has stopped functioning properly, make sure you don’t delay and get it repaired as soon as possible.