What you put on your concrete to prevent ice can destroy it!
A few ideas about ice and concrete from Irish Construction – St. Louis, MO
Winter ice presents a lot of challenges when it comes to safety versus cost. Most people just pick up whatever de-icers is available and cheap. Well, don’t be “most people” because how you choose to reduce the chances of a slip and fall injury on your sidewalks is very important. The age of your concrete and brickwork as well as landscaping are important factors to consider when you choose what you put down on your sidewalks, porches and stairs this winter.
Of course you are responsible for some or all of the walkways on or adjacent to your properties. If you don’t know what is your responsibility is the first thing to do is call your city or ready your home owner association documents. This is important to minimize any injury to anyone that may be on sidewalks or other improved paths you are responsible for. Once you have determined what you are responsible for, it is time to determine how to go about reducing the chance for a slip and fall injury due to an icy sidewalk, stair or porch. You cannot just grab the first bag of “ice melt” and be done. If you do, you could start or accelerate damage to your concrete and masonry. Continue reading