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Benefits Of A Heated Driveway For Commercial Use
People tend to think of a heated driveway to be used for residential purposes to make sure that the family and visitors are safe from icy surfaces that may cause them to slip and fall. It is also used often in residences to save time by not having to continually shovel the driveway and walk ways leading up to the house. However, there are some very good benefits to using a heated driveway system in commercial applications as well for many of the same reasons as used in residences but on a grander scale.
Similarly to residential use, a heated driveway will allow businesses to save time and money on labor by keeping areas free from snow. Often business hire people to make sure the areas are clear from ice and snow. They may also contract with another company at a large monthly fee to clear all the necessary areas from ice and snow. This is a necessary expense to ensure customers are able to get to the place of business safely. However, if a heated driveway is installed, the continual machinery and labor expenses will no longer be necessary. There is a one time investment for the installation of the unit. However, over time, this expense will save money. The labor fees to hire individuals will no longer be necessary and over a period of several years, the money invested will be paid off completely and you will save money. If machinery is also rented or purchased, this large expense will also no longer be necessary and you will see a savings throughout the years because of it.
Different regions of the country have different types of climate. Some areas will see, throughout the winter, various levels of snow fall that can continue throughout the day. Even companies that contract the snow plowing services of a snow removal company will usually only get service once or twice per day. This means that throughout the course of the day, as snow falls, there will be difficulty for customers getting in and out of the business. Some companies compensate for this by hiring a crew to maintain the area all day, twenty four hours. This expense builds up very quickly and often profits drop during this time because of the added expense. Instead of using manual crews for this, the heated driveway will allow for the snow to melt as soon as it hits the ground so there is never an accumulation of ice or snow in the areas.
Liability for businesses is another consideration when deciding on a heated driveway system. If a customer slips and falls because of ice they may take legal action against the business. This will increase rates in liability insurance and may cost the business thousand or even millions of dollars in punitive damages are assigned. In today’s litigious society, people tend to sue those with deeper pockets. This means that larger businesses are especially at risk. It is the responsibility of the company to provide a safe environment for their customers and patrons. The choices are to take your chances that you will not get sued, possibly lose money by customers not having access to the business, hire expensive laborers to monitor the site continually, hire a service that will plow the snow or install a heated driveway system.
There are many businesses that will benefit from a heated driveway system. Hotels, airports, bus stations, train stations and retail stores can all benefit from having a heated driveway system installed on their property. Anywhere there is a loading dock, high traffic area or wheelchair ramp can also benefit from this. Anywhere there is foot or vehicle traffic will be helped by ensuring the areas are clear from ice or snow.
Operation costs associated with the unit are relatively and surprisingly inexpensive. Considering the potential for law suit and liability, this is a good investment to make in your business to ensure a sound future. You will also save money with a heated driveway system by not having to pay the high costs associated with manual laborers to monitor and maintain the areas that delivery personnel and customers will be regularly using. In addition, if customers and patrons of your business do not have proper access to the business, you will lose money and they will go elsewhere to find what it is they need. A heated driveway can be installed to ensure that the heavy traffic areas are free from snow and ice twenty four hours per day, seven days per week.
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