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During winter, if there’s a cold snap, councils will salt and grit the roads. And this salt and grit may do wonders for wheel traction on the roads, making driving significantly safer. But it’s not necessarily the best thing for your driveway or your car. Salt can be a corrosive. And although it’s not a massive issue, it is something that you should be aware of.
Your pattern imprinted concrete driveway should, as the final stage of its installation, be sealed with a specific sealing product. This sealant will protect the driveway’s surface, meaning that the colour should remain vibrant. It also means that the concrete should remain structurally sound for much longer. Regularly (2-5 years) resealing your driveway will have a definite effect on how long it lasts.
This sealant should protect your driveway from the majority of substances that it’ll come into contact with. But it’s better to be safe than sorry. We’d suggest that you avoid using chemical de-icers on your driveway, or using them sparingly. Also, we’d suggest that rather than applying salt and grit to your driveway, you experiment with laying down some sand, which should still help with traction.
Of course, one winter’s worth of salt and de-icers should be fine. However, if you live in area which annually sees snow and ice, it might be worth coming up with a method for dealing with it that takes the best possible care of your driveway.
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25th November 2010