November 6, 2015

Salt Kills Concrete

Maybe you have a concrete sidewalk at your home or a paver patio in your backyard.  As most of the country has seen this year, snow and ice have been a huge problem at one point or another.  What is the most common deicing agent used by homeowners and contractors?  Salt is. 

Did you know that salt is a catalyst to breaking down the properties of concrete which causes rapid deterioration?  Concrete that was supposed to last 10, 15, 20+ years without any issues may only have a lifespan of 2 or 3 years depending on the environment that the concrete is in.  This can cause you to spend more money than what you planned on.

Concrete friendly deicers can be found at most big box stores, otherwise a sand mixture can be used which gives traction during the ice months.  If you are in a northern climate, make sure you use a concrete friendly deicer to make your landscaping last to its full potential.  

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