Saturday, January 6, 2018

Deicing salt on concrete

Very common question is whether or not it is okay to use de-icing salt in winter weather conditions on concrete.

Unfortunately there simply is no simple, one-size-fits-all, answer to this question. There are plenty of cases of customers using de-icing salt regularly and creating no problems for the concrete. On the other hand, there are plenty of cases Where deicing salt has created surface deterioration and other problems for concrete.

Whether you use regular de-icing salt or those products that sell a safe for concrete on the label for me, same answer. Really no short, safe answer to this question.  Under certain conditions any of these products can cause damage to concrete.

The only safe, and best answer to this question is to avoid all the icing salt completely and use regular sand instead. Sweep or shovel as much of the snow off of the concrete as you can and toss on basic sand or play sand for traction. Sand should not cause any deterioration to the concrete.

If you really want to use a deicing product weather one that is labeled as safe for concrete or not, the related recommendation would be to apply a sealer to the concrete in advance, let's say fall time frame there are plenty of sealers readily available at Lowe's or Home Depot easy to apply and are specifically designed to help prevent winter weather damage caused by cold temperatures and the icing products.

Hope this helps, feel free to contact us with any questions.

Salzano Custom Concrete

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