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Common Winter Mistakes Commercial Property Owners Make


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If you own a commercial property, you may think that once winter hits, you can simply sit back and relax. After all, your tenants are probably gone for the season and the last thing on your mind is making sure the roof doesn’t leak or that snow doesn’t pile up in front of the building. But if this sounds like you, think again! While winter months may not be as busy for commercial properties as summer or spring (when most businesses are open), there’s still plenty to do during this time of year. From choosing the best metal roof ice melt to its timely application there’s a lot to do. 

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Focusing Too Much On- How To Melt Ice Faster

It is often thought that rock salt or calcium chloride-based ice melt products melt the ice faster. While that may be true in some cases, focusing too much on instant results can lead to long-term consequences later. So, instead of focusing on ‘how to melt ice faster, it’s better to remove the snow in a way that does not damage our concrete and property.

Not Using Safe Ice Melt For Driveways 

There are many different varieties of ice melt products on the market, each with its own set of qualities and pricing. For example, chloride-based ice melt may seem cheaper but proves to be highly damaging for property and machinery.

Chlorides are highly corrosive and can damage concrete and other surfaces after prolonged use. Moreover, they can corrode machinery and vehicles. Hence, a safer choice is chloride-free, natural ice melt.

Ignoring The Metal Roof Ice Melt

Most roof ice melt products feature Salt or calcium chloride in one form or another. In addition, there are products with the combination of calcium chloride and salt in the form of tablets that homeowners throw on the roof before and after the snowfall to melt roof ice and break up the snowpack. But calcium chloride will damage the roof. It can erode the roofing nails, ice dams, and shingles. Besides that, it can cause corrosion to aluminum siding, gutters, and fasteners.

Apply At The Appropriate Time

Ice melt should be used before precipitation freezes or when the snow is cleared. After the ice melt has done its job, shoveling the slush layer from walkways helps prevent substantial damage from water absorption and excessive thaw cycles. Unlike other ice melts, urea-based ice melt does not leave a messy residue. It is also easy to clean this ice melt without leaving any hazardous waste. Unlike chlorides, it will neither damage concrete nor plants. It will nourish the greenery around your premises.

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Hopefully, this article has helped you understand a few of the most common mistakes made by commercial property owners. As we said earlier, winter maintenance can be a bit of a headache, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking care of the little things and hiring a professional snow removal service, you can avoid major headaches later on when it comes time for spring melt or summer storms.

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