Millgate Homes approached Heat Mat to install a driveway heating system at a luxury development in Ascot, Berkshire. The high-end development includes 14 classically styled apartments and penthouses with allocated underground parking.
Heat Mat designed a bespoke ramp heating solution, ensuring safe access to the carpark in winter while avoiding using salt and grit, which could damage the driveway's asphalt surface. The goal was to prevent ice or snow building up on the steep ramp and to install a fully automated system that uses the minimum of power.
A high output, 7mm In-screed cable system was specified to heat the ground beneath the asphalt. For a fast installation, Heat Mat’s metallic fixing strips were used and nail-gunned into place.
The system has an output of around 270W/sqm and is controlled by a proprietary external thermostat and a ground temperature sensor, in conjunction with a moisture sensor.
A fully automated timer/thermostat system was installed, utilising a ground-level sensor that monitored the driveway temperature and local moisture levels. The intelligent sensor ensures the system is only turned on when there is a genuine risk of icy conditions.
The 270W/sqm output is sufficient to heat the area and ensure it remains ice and snow free in temperatures down to approximately -25°C. The sensors installed will also recognise when the system is no longer required and switch off once the area is clear of melt water.
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