The area where I work — northern Virginia — is not exactly in the frost belt. So it surprises me to see the increasing number of homeowners who are interested in radiant snowmelt systems for driveways and sidewalks. We can count on at least a dozen snowmelt jobs a year, either new construction or remodeling. Typical residential jobs involve installing snowmelt systems on driveways, walkways, carports, decks, patios, and breezeways.

Residential snowmelting is sometimes regarded as a luxury item for people who don't want to shovel snow. But in fact, most of my jobs are requested by homeowners who have fallen on the ice or who have dangerously steep driveways, and who want to ensure safe access to their homes.

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