Winter can do untold damage to your Stamped Concrete/ Regular Concrete. This is the result of using the wrong methods of melting ice during the winter months.
We have been experiencing a lot of damage from not only using Rock Salt or Calcium Chloride but also due to State and Local Governments using a more caustic salt to melt road ice.
The road salt presently being used comes in on your car and when it drips on your concrete left overnight it’s like a cancer. It doesn’t show up right away but since it can’t be seen it lays there on your concrete doing it’s damage. When the Spring arrives you will likely find that where you typically parked your car has pop outs and spalling even though in some cases you have a Sealed Concrete Driveway.
Your first reaction is that your Concrete Contractor did a shoddy job. After all you did not put any salt on your driveway as directed by your Concrete Contractor. In most cases we have found that the road salt that was brought in was the cause of your damaged driveway.
Prosoco Corporation makes a product that can aid in the protection of your driveway against salt damage.
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In addition to protecting your concrete you are the main line of defense. Using Mag Ice to melt snow is recommended by the industry as a alternative to using Calcium Chloride ( Rock Salt).
Please note that if you have a driveway that has been damaged that all is not lost in many cases. They can be repaired using many techniques that we have learned over our 26 years in business. We can be contacted at Ted@split-Rok.com should you need an assessment of your problem.
No matter what part of the Country that you are located we stand ready to help you with any concrete problem that you might have. Send us pictures. We are happy to help.
The Concrete Professor