Tips For Winterizing Stamped Concrete Driveways
When the winter months arrive, it’s important to prepare your concrete driveway for the cold weather. Preparing your stamped concrete can help prevent damage, extend its life, and keep it looking beautiful. Follow these tips in order to keep your driveway in top shape through winter and beyond:
Inspect Your Concrete
The most important thing you can do to protect your concrete is to inspect it. The winter months are cold and hard on a driveway, so take a close look at the surface of your concrete. Look for cracks, chips, and other damages caused by freezing temperatures in previous winters. Also, check for ruts and depressions on the surface—a sure sign that water has been pooled on your driveway during heavy rains or snow melt/freeze cycles. And make sure there are no signs of frost heaving (when moisture seeps into the ground below and expands as it freezes).
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Maintain A Clean Surface.
You should maintain a clean surface, using a power washer and broom to remove dirt, dust, and debris. A leaf blower can be used to remove leaves and other materials from the stamped concrete driveway.
Use Ice Melt Products Appropriately.
Use products that are safe for concrete. Many ice melts contain harmful chemicals, so check the label before buying a product. One of the most common chemicals in ice melts is calcium chloride, which can be harmful to concrete and other surfaces like grass and vegetation, but it’s safe for pets and children.
Use A Safe Ice Melt For Concrete Pavers.
Safe Thaw by Gaia is a biodegradable ice melter made from all-natural ingredients. It’s safe for pets and children. So you can use it inside your home and outside on concrete surfaces. Safe Thaw by Gaia does not harm plants or grasses because it does not contain sodium chloride (which is present in rock salt and other conventional deicers).
Safe Thaw contains modified urea as its main active ingredient. Potassium chloride also helps prevent corrosion of metal pipes and fittings that could be vulnerable to damage from traditional deicers that contain sodium chloride or calcium chloride.
Seal All Concrete Surfaces
Sealing your concrete surface is the most effective technique to maintain its flawless condition over time. Doing so before winter ensures that it won’t get damaged when moisture comes into contact with the surface of your concrete slab.
Use Ice Melt Safe For Stamped Concrete
Safe Thaw is the best ice melt safe for stamped concrete and is eco-friendly, non-toxic, and biodegradable. Safe Thaw is a urea-modified product with special surfactants, glycols, ice melting boosters, and inhibitors. However, we do not recommend using ice melt products on concrete that’s less than 12 months old.
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Stamped concrete driveways can be a great investment for your home, but they’re also susceptible to damage from the elements. These tips will help you prepare your driveway for the winter to avoid expensive repairs down the road.
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