With the upcoming winter arriving shortly, homeowners in Westchester County are preparing to stock up on rock salt and de-icers. Unfortunately, many homeowners are unaware of the damages that salt and de-icers can cause to interlocking pavers. The Northern Construction team is here to inform you about the damages de-icers can cause to your stone patios and walkways.
Flaking occurs when salt damages masonry surfaces causing them to scale and flake.
Salt crystals left on a concrete surface will slowly dissolve the surface leaving a pockmark. If there is an interlocking paver patio or walkway on your property salt will cause damage because pavers are pressed concrete products.
Rock salt and certain de-icers will cause discoloration to surfaces. As a result, the surfaces may look like they were bleached. This is a notorious occurrence when salt is left to sit natural stone products such as bluestone. This bleaching effect can result in small discolored spots or even discolor an entire stone.
What De-Icers are Safe?
Here are some great alternatives to consider to keep your pavers safe.
One of the benefits of calcium chloride is it has a freezing temperature of -25°, which makes it an excellent choice for those looking to melt ice quickly. It works exceptionally well for people who live in freezing climates during the winter.
Magnesium Chloride –
Magnesium chlorides freezing temperature is that of -13°, which makes it one of the better alternatives to handle ice in the coldest temperatures. Because it releases 40% less chloride into the environment, it is known to be environmentally safe for plants and animals. It’s great for homeowners with pets and it also leaves very minimal residue and doesn’t track as easily as rock salt.