You are here:

Radiant Floor Heating/Heated driveway, Chicago suburb


Mr. Audetat,
You write so knowledgeably about heated driveways, I wish you lived in the Chicago area so I could just give you the job!
Question: do you know of any reputable contractor in the Chicago ( west suburb Downers Grove, IL) whose work your respect? Or perhaps a supplier who I can contact for a referral? I want to install a heated paver driveway and need an experienced, competent professional.
Thank you.

Badger Snow Melting Flag Stone
Badger Snow Melting Fl  

Badger Snow Melting Pavers
Badger Snow Melting Pa  
Unfortunately, most people have never even seen a heated driveway. This includes heating contractors. Most contractors will however, volunteer to install one for you. They take your plans, go the their favorite wholesaler and drop them off. A few days later a pallet shows up with PEX tubing, a manifold, pumps, a boiler and perhaps a control system. That's it. Have fun.

Here at Badger Radiant Designs, we design, install and service heated driveways, both electric and hydronic in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul. There is hardly a more challenging place to melt snow on the planet, especially this past season. This includes the systems we have designed from the Sierras Nevadas to Trenton, NJ.

So the point is; you can have Badger Radiant Designs or another experienced designer of heated driveways, design and specify your heated driveway, snow/ice melting system and let it out to bid. We also offer a contractor locating service in which we locate and qualify local installation contractors we feel will follow our specifications. You choose the one that meets your personal goals best. We are also travel anywhere to commission new systems on start-up, to make sure everything works as specified.

We just serviced a hydronic heated driveway in Edina, MN we installed 7 years ago last fall. The operating time indicated that the system average cost for gas ran 17.5 cents per square foot  per year, throwing in the three car, tuck-under garage, also heated by the condensing snow melting gas boiler.  

Radiant Floor Heating

All Answers

Answers by Expert:

Ask Experts


Morgan M. Audetat


Radiant panel heating design, including floors and ceilings, European wall panels and snow melting for residential and light commercial buildings..............................................................-Master of Steam and Hot Water,City of Minneapolis....................................................--- Master Plumber, State of Minnesota...........


30 years..... Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association, former manufacturer of condensing boilers, former national distributor of radiant floor products, son and apprentice of mechanical & plumbing contractor. Current mechanical/plumbing contractor specializing in hydronic based, integrated HVAC systems. Radiant floor heating/cooling. Snow Melting. Condensing Boilers. Indirect water heaters. System design, consulting and technical training world-wide. Licensed contractor, designer, installer and consultant.

B.S. University WI 1981 CONTINUING EDUCATION: Viessmann Condensing boiler and Solar water heating certification 2010, N.D.S.U. Lead Worker RRP certification 2010, Knight condensing boiler certification 2009, Wrightsoft Manual J CAD certification 2009, RPA Designer & Installer Certification 2008, Nate Hydronic/Forced Air Certification 2008, Uponor/Wirsbo advanced design school certification 2007, Buderus Wall-hung certification 2007, Power Limited License (low voltage controls) 40 CE credits 2005, Basic Hydronic Certification IPEX & Northern Alberta Institute of Technology 1998, Charter Board Member - Radiant Panel Association 1994, Residential Off-Electric to Hydronic Conversion Heating School Canadian Hydronics Council 1994, B&G Little Red School House 1993, Rood Utilities (now Auburn Technical Institute) Oil Burner School 1993 ,Tekmar Controls residential and commercial 1993, Division Manager and Advanced Hydronic Seminar Instructor for the first Exclusively Hydronic Radiant Floor Distributor in the USA 1990, Hydronic Radiant Heating Association Workshop participant with Richard c. Bourne, PE spring 1988, Master Plumbing, Hydronic, Solar Course Red Rocks Community College 1987.

Awards and Honors
2009 System Showcase Award - Radiant Panel Association

©2017 All rights reserved.