When snow and ice meets a concrete surface, the result is often a slippery surface. However, there is more danger to this than meets the eye. Homeowners tend to think that since winter lasts only for a few months, there really isn’t much that it can do to concrete. To make things worse, they won’t see the damage until a few months later and it has progressed to almost an irreparable state. Here are some things you can do to keep concrete driveways from harm:
Avoid Deicing Salts
Salt is effective in breaking and melting the ice. It makes it easier for homeowners to drive out of the driveway with enough traction. However, it can be detrimental to the slab itself. Salt has the tendency to weaken concrete. It may not be easily detected since salt soaks in slowly. When the weather starts to warm up, you might be able to notice a weaker driveway surface. Instead of using salt, use natural sand with just a bit of rock salt. The sand adds traction to the driveway and makes it easier for ice to break up. The small bit of salt makes the ice or snow to melt faster.
Resurface the Concrete Driveway
Driveway resurfacing is the process of replacing the top layer with a more durable and slip-resistant material. The stamped overlay offers a wide range of patterns to choose from. The imprinted pattern features shallow grooves that make it easy for rubber ties to tread uphill or downhill. A Spray knockdown texture is also a highly recommended coating. It is sprayed on the driveway then knocked down with a trowel. The result is a stucco-like texture, subtle enough for comfortable treading but rough enough for excellent grip.
Keep the Driveway Clear
Tedious and exhausting as it is, shoveling snow out of the driveway can help tremendously. Letting snow and ice sit on top of the concrete for long hours could give it more time to seep into the concrete surface. This will make the freeze-thaw cycle happen earlier and more frequently. By clearing the surface of snow and ice, the driveway absorbs less moisture. If you are not up for shoveling, hire someone to do it for you regularly. Just make sure that the shoveling is done with extra care so as to keep the shovel from denting or chipping the concrete.