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Heated Patios in Gaithersburg MD

Heated patios are a new trend in Gaithersburg MD. That’s because heated patios allow homeowners to spend more time enjoying their patios year round.

With the amount of snow and ice we get, heated patios are safer than non-heated in Gaithersburg MD. The slip and fall hazard is removed, and you’ll save yourself from shovel-induced back pain. With a heated patio, you won’t need to use those harsh melting chemicals which can damage the water in the Chesapeake Bay.

Heating Systems

There are two kinds of heating systems installed underneath patios, walkways, and driveways: electric or hydronic.

Electric cables or mats warm up the surface of the patio, and plug into a junction box. Depending on the system, it can be engaged remotely.

Hydronic heating, requires copper tubing or cross-linked polyethylene (PEX) with a liquid treated with antifreeze to warm the driveway or walkway. The glycol solution is heated with a boiler, operated with either manual or automatic controls for ease of use. For this system, homeowners must have the space to accommodate the water heater or boiler, circulating pump, and manifold.

New or Retrofitted

Usually, homeowners in Gaithersburg MD wait until they are installing new patios to include radiant heating systems. However, depending on the existing slab or pavers, electric cables can be laid in grooves.

Also, there needs to be some planning in regards to managing snow/ice melt runoff with proper drainage. If new or additional drainage is required, then this needs to be completed in conjunction with the heating systems.

Maintenance

There is little maintenance required with the electric cables or mats. A hydronic system typically requires maintaining the boiler and pump, as well as keeping an eye on the propylene glycol fluid levels.

For more information on heated patios in Gaithersburg MD, please contact East Coast Landscape Design. The experienced professionals at East Coast Landscape Design work with homeowners to design dream patios that can be used year-round Gaithersburg MD.


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