Keep your paver walks, patios and drives safe all winter long and still looking great!
Think safety first! You can use ice melt products like rock salt or calcium chloride on the pavers in your walk, patio or driveway because most concrete pavers are manufactured to a very high compressive strength (8,000 – 12,000 psi). They are very dense which makes them more durable. In fact, many manufacturers have a de-icing salt resistant warranty against damage to the structural integrity of the paver. Poured concrete is much weaker, more porous and subject to a greater amount of damage. However, ice melt products, especially rock salt, are corrosive and will damage the surface of the pavers if used excessively or over long periods of time. As soon as possible, rinse off the pavers with lots of clean water to remove any salt and brine left on the surface.
The best way to protect your pavers is by sealing them with a high quality sealer. These sealers are specifically designed to bond with the concrete in the pavers. They protect the surface from dirt, grime, stains, erosion and especially de-icing products. You can expect these sealers to last three to five years when properly applied. Best of all they will keep your hardscape looking as beautiful as the day the pavers were first installed.
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