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Essential tips for preparing your driveway for winters


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Winter is here, and so are the snowstorms. You know what that means: it’s time to prep your driveway for a long winter of snow removal. The best way to prepare your driveway is by cleaning it and repairing any cracks or holes in the concrete. However, this isn’t always possible if you don’t have enough time or money. Luckily, there are a few simple things you can do before winter sets in to help keep your driveway ready for whatever comes its way. And ice melt concrete damage is a big issue, and you should know how to melt ice in your driveway without harming your concrete.

Driveway Winter Preparation

Winter preparation is a good way to:

  • Save money on snow removal. Keeping your driveway clear of snow will save you from paying for someone else to do it, or from having to shovel yourself. Snowplowing services can be very expensive, so preparing in advance is one of the best ways to save money on snow removal.
  • Prevent damage to your driveway during the winter months. If there’s no snow on top of your concrete surface, there won’t be any cracks that might develop over time through freezing/thawing cycles. These cracks would otherwise occur if they weren’t covered up all year round by frozen precipitation falling from above onto these surfaces below them.
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Clean The Driveway.

Remove any leaves or debris from your walks. Clean your surface with a pressure washer to remove any dirt deposited on it. If you don’t own a pressure washer, rent one from your local hardware store. You can also use a garden hose if you have the time and patience for manual cleaning. Check for loose stones, screws, or bolts. If any are missing or need tightening, buy new ones at your local hardware store and secure them in place with an appropriate tool.

Repair Cracks And Holes

If you have damaged or broken pavement, use a cold chisel and hammer to break out the damaged area. Then fill the hole with concrete patching compound and allow it to dry thoroughly before covering.

Seal Your Concrete Driveway

In the spring, you want to apply a sealer to your concrete driveway. If you live in an area with cold winters, look for a product that will withstand freezing temperatures, as this can help prevent cracks from forming. You can find these products at most hardware stores.

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If you take care of your driveway before winter, it will be ready for any amount of snowfall. Remember, your winter preparation should be started before the cold weather arrives. Don’t let snow or ice ruin your driveway. Keep your concrete clean and ready for anything.

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