Some driveways are more sensitive than others – especially when it comes to snow removal. An asphalt driveway is hardy and can take the heavy abuse from plows, shovels and de-icing chemicals. But concrete, especially exposed aggregate, or paving stones are a little more prone to complaining when you drag a heavy metal blade over its surface, or throw harsh chemicals on it, and snow clearing tips are needed to help maintain their lasting beauty.
Even just a single winter of this punishment will show on a decorative driveway, negating all that money you poured into its beautification. Infinity has put together a few snow clearing tips below to help you keep your driveway looking new for years to come.
Snow Clearing Tips
Exposed Aggregate/Concrete and Paving Stone Snow Clearing
- Heavy Metal No-No – Avoid metal blades when clearing snow on concrete or pavers. You may not think you can do damage to the concrete, but over time a metal blade will create visible damage on your driveway. Use plastic shovels, and plastic blades on plows to mitigate damage.
- Ice Melters – Salt is a no-go, as it will eventually cause damage to your driveway. We recommend a calcium chloride ice melter like Sifto Safe Step Extreme. It will continue to melt the snow and ice well below -25 C.
- Floating Snowblower – Use plastic or vinyl shoes to make sure the blades of the snowblower float over the surface of your driveway, instead of making contact and roughing it up.
- Keep it Clear – Concrete is porous. If you don’t regularly seal your concrete driveway, melting snow will get inside the pores of your concrete. Then, when the temperature drops, it will freeze, expand, and damage your driveway. By keeping your driveway clear, you will help alleviate this possibility. It’s also a good idea to seal your concrete regularly during the warmer months, to make your concrete even more durable.
- Parking Cars – Cities sometimes use harsh chemicals to keep their roads clear. So, even if you avoid these chemicals, they will get onto your car, and possibly migrate onto your driveway. To avoid this, knock any snow accumulation off your car before parking.
Maintaining Your Decorative Driveway
It takes a little bit more effort, and a little bit of mindfulness to keep your decorative driveway looking as good after a snowy winter as it did when you first got it done. But, if you’re careful, it is possible. Follow the above tips and you should be alright. And, if you’re wondering if you should seal your concrete driveway, the answer is yes. The constant chinooks of southern Alberta create the perfect storm for water to infiltrate into the pores of your concrete which freeze and refreeze, causing damage.
Infinity: Your Snow Clearing Contractor
Just like not all driveways are the same, neither are all Lethbridge snow removal contractors. If you have a decorative driveway, make sure to contact your snow removal company and ask them how they clear decorative driveways. If they don’t have an answer, they’re not the contractor for you. Infinity will ensure your driveway stays looking as good in spring as it did the previous season.