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Where To Put Ice Melts On A Concrete Driveway

Ice Melt For Concrete Driveways

It’s that time of year again: you’ve got some work to do on the driveway. If it’s your first winter after putting down concrete, you might be looking for a concrete-safe ice melt. But don’t worry! As long as you take a few precautions and understand how to use ice melt products, you’ll be able to get through this winter with minimal damage. Here are some tips for laying down an effective deicing product on your driveway:

Sweep Away, Loose Snow.

First sweep away any loose snow. This will ensure that it doesn’t melt and refreeze after you’ve applied the ice melter to your concrete driveway (a process called “re-freezing”). If you don’t do this, you’ll have to sweep again as soon as the snow melts.

Make sure your garage or driveway is clean of any debris before applying ice melt.

Lay Down The Ice Melt When You Expect Snow To Fall 

If you are planning on using a concrete safe ice melt on your concrete driveway, you should consider the following tips:

  • Lay down the ice melt when you expect snow to fall or low temperatures for it to be effective. Ice melts are most effective when they are cold, which is why this is the best time of year to lay down ice melt with an ice melter.
  • Ice melts will not work if it’s warm outside and there’s no precipitation in the forecast. In order for ice melts to do their job properly, they need moisture from rain or snow so that their chemicals can bond with cracks in the pavement and any other surface that needs protection from freezing temperatures.

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Don’t Spread Too Much Ice Melt.

You always want to use ice melts in moderation. This is because too much of the stuff can cause problems for your driveway, such as:

  • It will be slippery for pedestrians, cyclists, and vehicles driving over it.
  • It may cause damage to your property when it washes away into nearby yards or streets (paving slabs are especially vulnerable).
  • You’ll have an unsightly mess on your drive that needs cleaning up at the end of winter.

Use The Right Type Of Concrete-Safe Ice Melt For Your Driveway And Region.

The first step to choosing the right ice melt for your driveway is to determine what type of ice melt works best in your region. If you have been thinking of concrete safe ice melt Lowe’s, you must take a step back and check the condition of your existing concrete driveway. Ice melts that work well in climates with lots of snow and freezing temperatures, such as northern states and Canada, are not always ideal for regions that receive less snowfall.

Safe Thaw is a urea-based ice melt designed to be safe for metals, machinery, concrete, kids, pets, and the planet. 

The non-corrosive formula can be used on concrete, lawns, and decking material without discoloring or damaging the surface. Safe Thaw crystal leaches out a deicing liquid and speeds up the melting process even at a temperature as low as (-25) °F. In addition, ice melting crystals prevent water from reforming to destabilize and melt ice particles in 10-minutes.

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If you take advantage of the right product and timing, you can lay down ice melt that will keep your driveway free from snow and ice. Make sure that you sweep away any loose debris before laying down the deicing material so it doesn’t clog up your drain or interfere with its effectiveness.

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