Winter can be an amazing time of year. However, for homeowners with concrete driveways, snow accumulation can be a concern. Proper snow removal is essential to ensure the longevity of your concrete surface and to avoid slippery, hazardous conditions. Let’s tackle the snow, and highlight the best techniques for its removal from concrete driveways.
The key to effective snow removal is to start early. As snow begins to fall, it’s lighter and easier to manage. Waiting too long allows snow to compact and form ice, making removal much harder.
Choose the Right Shovel
The type of shovel you use matters. We suggest a plastic or rubber-edged shovel. These are gentler on concrete surfaces compared to their metal counterparts. Metal shovels can scrape or chip the concrete, leading to potential damage.
Use the Right Technique
When shoveling, push the snow instead of lifting. This not only prevents back injuries but also ensures a more consistent clearing of the snow. Begin from the middle and push the snow towards the edges of your driveway.
Apply Deicers Sparingly
If ice forms, you might be tempted to liberally apply deicers. However, some deicing agents can be harsh on concrete driveways, especially on newer ones. Calcium chloride is generally a safe bet for concrete, as it’s less damaging than sodium chloride (rock salt). Always read the label and use deicers sparingly.
Snow Blowers are Your Friend
For those with larger driveways or in areas prone to heavy snowfall, a snow blower can be a lifesaver. When using a snow blower, ensure its blades are set high enough to avoid direct contact with the concrete. This minimizes the risk of scratching or damaging your driveway.
Be Cautious with Ice Choppers
In cases of compacted snow or ice patches, an ice chopper can be useful. However, use it with care. Avoid forcefully jabbing it into the concrete. Instead, use it at an angle, gently chipping away at the ice.
Consider Heated Driveway Systems
While a more costly upfront investment, heated driveway systems can melt snow and ice automatically. This not only saves time and effort but also prevents potential damage from shoveling or deicing agents.
Clean Up After
Once the snow is removed, it’s a good practice to sweep the driveway. This ensures any leftover salt or chemicals are cleared off, minimizing potential damage to your concrete.
Snow removal on concrete driveways is a task that demands careful attention. By following these best techniques, you can ensure that your driveway remains in excellent condition throughout the winter months. Remember, it’s not just about removing the snow but also about protecting the integrity of your concrete surface. At Standard Materials Group, we prioritize both safety and durability, ensuring your driveway stands the test of time, season after season. Stay safe and keep those driveways clear!