The cold weather is really starting to set in and homeowners are looking for the best ways to deice their driveways and sidewalks. When ice forms and things get slick, we understand that keeping your property as slip-free as possible is a priority! No one wants to risk their loved ones falling down and experiencing bruises, cuts, and broken bones…
That being said, it’s important to consider the impact of certain deicers on your masonry and concrete. Some of these products can be extremely harmful and will cost you a hefty amount of money down the road. It’s not worth compromising the integrity of your aesthetic and structure. Read below to learn more about what’s safe to use and what you should try to avoid.
Things To Consider
When applying a deicing agent, there are a few things you should take into account. First of all, consider the age of your concrete. If it’s less than six months old, deicers will cause more damage than normal. Be extra cautious in these circumstances!
You’ll also want to shovel up as much of your ice and snow as possible before applying any products, and be sure to keep them away from the foundation of your home, too.
You may also want to consider how these products could affect future vegetation in the warmer months. If too much gets into the soil, it can spoil your chances of having a lush garden come spring and summer. Apply any products sparingly and use them only where people will be walking the most.
Which Products Are Worst? And Which Are Best?
The substances you should definitely stay away from include nitrate, ammonium sulfate, sodium chloride (AKA rock salt), and calcium chloride. Along with severely damaging your concrete and masonry, some of these can even irritate skin and pollute streams and rivers.
Products that are better to use are ones that contain potassium chloride (which is not harmful to skin or vegetation) or, even better, magnesium chloride. Magnesium chloride releases 40% less chloride when used and is much less harmful than other products – definitely the way to go!
Also, keep in mind that sand can work well for creating traction and can be mixed with deicing products to help out with slippery sidewalks – and it’s not harmful to your masonry!
Help! I Already Have Some Damage
If deicing products have already caused your masonry to start wearing down, then never fear. The qualified and experienced staff at Oosting Construction is here to help you out! We have over 35 years of experience in this industry, and we are constantly looking for new educational opportunities to advance ourselves in this trade. You can bet that we know our stuff!
When it comes to masonry services inside or outside of your home, don’t turn anywhere else. Call on our expert staff today!