How to Tell if Winter Weather Has Damaged Your Concrete

Winters in New York can be harsh. All the snow, ice, shoveling, plowing and extreme temperatures can cause concrete damage. When spring rolls around, you may need to make some repairs to address winter-related concrete damage. Or, your surface may whether the winter without effect.

How can you tell if you need to contact a concrete expert? Watch for the following potential concrete damage during the winter season, and use the tips provided to avoid damage in the future.

Salt damage

Salt is a common solution for removing snow and ice from concrete surfaces. However, it is not a healthy solution. Salt causes concrete damage in two ways. First, it increases the freeze-thaw cycle, making cracks in the concrete more likely to occur.

Second, it leaves efflorescence. This is the white coating that you see on the concrete after salt has been applied. This coating diminishes the aesthetics of the concrete. The residue can also adhere to shoes, and when people track it into their homes, it dirties the interior.

Look for cracks and residue to discover if salt has caused winter concrete damage. The best solution to prevent salt-related concrete damage is to avoid using salt. Sand is actually a better material to apply to icy or snowy pathways.

Freeze-thaw damage

When water freezes and thaws, it expands and contracts. As it seeps into pores in the concrete, then expands, it causes cracks and general deterioration. Throughout the season, as this freeze-thaw cycle continues, it can cause more and more winter concrete damage. If cracks or other damage are present at the beginning of the season, this increases the likelihood of further damage.

To avoid this concrete damage, seal the concrete before winter temperatures arrive. Contact a local concrete expert to perform this service at the start of the season.

Plow damage

You will probably have to remove snow from your concrete at least once each winter. Whether you’re using a snow shovel or a truck plow, it’s important to use the safest material possible to avoid causing concrete damage. Metal blades on plows and shovels can leave rust marks on the concrete. They can also scrape and chip the concrete. After several winter snowfalls, your concrete can suffer significant damage from repeated plowing with metal tools.

Complete a visual inspection after you plow your concrete to determine if the surface has suffered from plow damage. To avoid this concrete damage, use plastic edges to clear the snow from your concrete surfaces. Consult with a concrete contractor if you need assistance with choosing the best tools for the job.

Keep your concrete in top shape

Has your concrete suffered winter concrete damage? Do you want to avoid damage in the future? Partner with the concrete pros at Bri-Mic Construction. Our team is dedicated to delivering excellent service and quality concrete products. Reach us today at 716-337-0500 with any questions about winter concrete care or repairs. We look forward to helping you keep your concrete in top shape, season after season.