You can help maintain concrete by shoveling the snow from your driveway, sidewalk and steps. By keeping the snow cleared, there is less chance that it will compact down freezing into the surface and accelerate the freeze/thaw cycle. The less number of times that water enters concrete and freezes, the less likely that it will become damaged.
Use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one. Bent/sharp corners of a worn metal shovel can damage the surface of certain types of concrete.
Is it okay to use salt as a deicer? The short answer is NO. Salt is very corrosive to concrete and will eventually, if not immediately, cause damage to many types of concrete. (more…)