4 Cold Weather Concrete Tips

De-Icing Chemicals for Asphalt and Concrete

Check out these four cold weather concrete tips.

Concrete is a durable and strong material that is generally low-maintenance, but your concrete surfaces will need some upkeep during the winter. Snow and ice can result in significant damage to concrete, as freezing water that seeps into the surface will cause cracks and corrosion. Avoid these costly repairs in the spring by starting winter concrete maintenance now!

Concrete Sealers

It’s crucial to seal concrete now before winter arrives to protect the surfaces from staining, corrosion, or damages. Concrete sealers help to block the tiny pores in concrete to avoid water from seeping in and freezing. If you have concrete surfaces on your property, they should be sealed at least once every two years with a high-quality product. Remember to seal in the fall so your concrete is prepared before the cold weather and snow.

Clean Stains

While using a quality sealer is the first step, you also need to keep an eye on the concrete and clean up any stains immediately. Liquids will get trapped inside concrete easier during the winter, so be sure to clean up any spills of oil, grease, or other chemicals that may leave marks on the surface.

Also, be sure to complete general cleanings throughout the months to extend the life of your concrete. The fall weather often results in strong winds blowing debris, branches, and leaves to the ground, and removing these items will help to keep the concrete in good shape.

No De-icing Products

As we mentioned in last week’s blog, de-icing products are harmful to asphalt and concrete areas. In fact, many of the de-icing products are not recommended for concrete use, as they can result in various damages. Instead of these products, try applying sand or cat litter for traction.


Once winter brings snow and ice, you will have to use the right tools to remove it. Metal shovels and tools can scratch and cut concrete, so it’s best to use plastic tools instead. Concrete is more vulnerable in the colder months, and it’s important to take additional care of the surfaces to ensure they avoid damages.

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If you want to protect your pavement and ensure it has a long lifespan, choose PTG Enterprises for your community sidewalks, parking lots and pavement maintenance needs. We offer commercial concrete, asphalt, masonry, paving, consultation and survey report services throughout Baltimore, Harford, Anne Arundel, Howard, and P.G. Counties. If you are interested in hearing how we can help you, contact us online or give us a call at (410) 636-8777. For more tips and tricks, be sure to follow us on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, LinkedIn, Google+, and Flickr.

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