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How Salt and Sand Can Lead to Concrete Issues

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How Salt and Sand Can Lead to Concrete Issues

Winter weather can wreak havoc on your concrete surfaces, whether it’s your driveway, sidewalks, or stoop. The soil beneath your concrete is a significant factor in its deterioration, but what you apply to its surface matters too. Repeated freezing and thawing of water can cause cracks, pits, and crumbling.

Picture your driveway as a massive sponge, absorbing water from rain or melting snow. When temperatures drop, this water turns to ice, expanding and damaging the concrete’s structure. Initially, these damages may go unnoticed but worsen with each freeze/thaw cycle, eventually becoming evident.

Using salt on your driveway and sidewalks exacerbates the problem. It not only contributes to the freeze/thaw cycle but also accelerates concrete breakdown through corrosion, resulting in cracks and crumbling.

To safeguard your driveway in the long run, sealing it against the elements is crucial. While sealing might seem like a simple step, many homeowners overlook it, only to regret it years later when they face the need for costly repairs or replacementsSchedule a FREE consultation with TerraFirma today!