Caring for concrete in winter just takes some caution and a little elbow grease. Take care of your Salem concrete this winter.
Winter is well and truly upon us now, and will stick around for the next several months. This is a crucial time, and the way you take care of your concrete during these next few months will affect the lifespan of your concrete driveways and walkways. We have already shared several tips for how to protect your concrete in the winter months–see our prior posts for those!–and we want to arm you with even more knowledge.
You should put some thought into the equipment you are using to remove snow and ice from your concrete. A shovel with minor cracks at the bottom will still remove snow, but that jagged edge may also do a number on your concrete, which is vulnerable due to the precipitation and the fluctuations in temperature. This is the time when your concrete is most likely to chip, especially if you use a harsh chemical ice-melt.
Speaking of melting the ice, put down the rock salt! Though it is a popular choice, it may contribute to winter damage to your concrete, as well as being harmful to the environment. There are plenty of alternatives out there that will clear the ice just as well, without causing undue harm. Calcium chloride and magnesium chloride are just two of several options to explore, both of which are kinder to your concrete and to the earth. If you’re more concerned about traction than melting the ice right away, sand is the way to go.
Don’t forget–the job doesn’t end when you’ve spread the salt, sand, or other de-icer. You will want to take a few moments to remove the slushy ice from your driveways and walkways once it begins to melt. Otherwise, all that excess water will find its way into the porous concrete and create cracks, holes, and problems.
Even with all the know-how and preventive action, damage will still happen to your concrete over time, and we are ready to provide quality repairs to all your concrete surfaces. For expert service in the Salem area, contact Slate & Slate Construction for a free consultation. You can call or use the form on the right hand side of the page for an estimate.