SNOW REMOVAL AND MAINTENANCE OF PAVING STONE DRIVEWAY ADVISES AND SUGGESTIONS.

by / Thursday, 25 November 2010 / Published in Uncategorized


BY GIUSEPPE ABBRANCATI

WHAT TO PUT ON PAVING STONES IN THE WINTER? AS THE WINTER APPROCHES MORE PEOPLE ARE CONSERNED ABOUT REMOVING SNOW OFF THE PAVING STONE DRIVEWAY, NATURAL STONE PATIOS AND WALKWAYS AND GRANITE OR LIMESTONE STEPS TREADS AND PORCHES. MANY HOME OWNERS ASK IS SALT GODD TO PUT OVER TO MELT THE ICE? ROCK SALT IS NOT SAFE TO PUT ON STONES BECAUSE THE PEBLES ARE BIG AND CAN RELEASE AND GENERATE TOO MUCH HEAT IF THEY SIT IN ONE SPOT AND COULD VERY EASY DAMAGE THE SURFACE OF THE STONE BECAUSE IT IS TOO MUCH CONCENTRATION OF SALT. WHAT IS SAFE TO USE IS “COLCEUM CLORIDE IN FLAKES FORM BECAUSE THEY ARE MORE FRIENDLY TO STONE SURFACE AND THE ENVIRORMENT. REMOVING SNOW FROM STONE AND CONCRETE PAVEMENTS CAN ALSO BE DONE WITH SNOW PLOWS AS LONG AS THE PLOW HAS FEET ON EACH SIDES TO DRAG ON ALLOWING THE BLADE TO STAY 1 INCH OFF THE FLOOR AND PREVENTING IT FROM SCRATCHING THE FLOOR. RADIANT HEAT IS ALSO INSTALLED UNDER PAVINGSTONE DRIVEWAYS, WALK WAYS AND STEPS. THEY COULD RUN ON ELECTRICITY OR HOT WATER. THE ELECTRIC UNDER GRUOND SNOW MELTING SYSTEMS ARE USUALLY IN A MASH TYPE DESIGN AND ARE INSTALLED IN THE SAND BASE BELOW THE PAVING STONES OR IN THE CEMENT BED UNDER .THEY WORK VERY WELL BUT THEY COULD BE PRICELY TO RUN AND TO INSTALL. THE OTHER ALTERNATIVE COULD BE HOT WATER AND IT DIPENSE ON THE SIZE OF THE PAVEMENT SQUARE FEET YOU WOULD NEED A OIL OR NATURAL GAS BOILER. THE WAY IT WORKS IS JUST LIKE A RADIANT HEAT SYSTEM INSIDE THE HOUSE. POLY CARBONATED PIPES OF 3/8 DIAMETER ARE RUN UNDER THE PAVIMENT, 6 INCHES APPART AND THEN THE SAME LINE LOOPS AROUND UNTIL THE A PAVED AREA IS COVERED. MULTIPLE LINES RUN AND CREATE MANY ZONES THIS WAY THE WATER IS CONSISTENT IN TEMPERATURE UNDER THE PAVERS AND IT WILL MELT THE SNOW EVENLY.

THE PIPES ARE USUALLY ATTACHED TO WIRE MASH TO KEEP THEM IN PLACE UNTIL THE SAND IS LAYED OVER THEM. THE STONES ARE THEN INSTALLED TO FURTHER SECURE THEM. THE PIPES ARE KEPT AS CLOSE TO THE SURFACE IN THE SAND AS POSSIBLE AND RIGHT BELOW THE PAVERS/STONES TO MAKE THE SYSTEM MORE EFFECTIVE AND NOT TO WASTE ANY HEAT IN THE GROUND BELOW. THE OTHER LIST EFFECTIVE BUT ALSO MUCH CHEAPER TO RUN IS, WATER SYSTEM THAT WOULD UTILIZE THE SAME WATER PIPES BUT INSTEAD OF A BOILER IT USES A PUMP THAN WATER FROM A WELL. THAT WOULD HAVE TO BE INSTALLED ON YOUR PROPERTY. THE WATER IN THE WELL IS THE SAME TEMPERATURE AS THE GROUND AND THIS WILL MAKE THE TEMPERATURE OF THE GROUND BELOW THE PAVERS THE SAME. THAT WILL MAKE THE SNOW MELT SLOWER BUT IT WILL MELT AND WON’T ICE. THE COST OF THE HEATING SNOW MELTING SYSTEM RANGES BETWEEN 3-5 DOLLARS PER SQ FT. YOU CAN ALSO INSTALL IT ON THE FRONT WALK WAYS AND STAIRS. ONLY TO MAKE 2 TRACKS IN THE DRIVEWAY WHERE THE CAR TIRES DRIVE AND THAN RUN ONE ZONE FROM YOUR EXSISTING BOILER, THIS WOULD BE THE LEAST EXPENSIVE TO RUN AND BUID. IT WILL BE EFFECTIVE WHERE IT IS NEDDED. THE HEATING SYSTEM UNDER A DRIVEWAY OR WALKWAY IS NOT FOR THE MAINTNENCE OF THE PAVING STONES BUT IS FOR YOUR SAFETY AND IS VERY GOOD FOR STEEP SLOPED DRIVEWAY, ENTRANCES, STEEP WALKWAYS AND FRONT DOOR. ANY OTHER ACTIVE DOORS OF YOUR HOME ESPECIALLY IF THE HOUSE IS COVERED WITH TREES WHERE THE SUN IN THE WINTER MONTHS IS LIMITED FOR IT TO WARM UP IN CERTEN AREAS AND MELT SNOW AND ICE .FOR FURTHER INFORMATION ON SNOW AND ICE MELTING UNDERGROUND SYSTEMS PLEASE CONTACT GAPPSI AT 631 543 1177 OR VISIT GAPPSI SHOWROOM AT

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