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Posted on February 12, 2007 by SteveP
Category: Questions & Answers Tags: Stamped Concrete
No, it’s sealed. I’m not sure it would hurt if even if it wasn’t sealed.
Snow won’t vut salt can so just watch how you remove the snow. She my be thinking of something else.
Any sort of concrete will eventually be effected by snow/weather. But if you have it sealed, it should be ok.
Snow on concrete isn’t an issue provided it’s cured concrete. Fresh concrete having snow falling on it will risk freezing the surface and this surface will chip off in the spring leaving a great big mess. The real enemy of cured concrete is the rock salt used to melt the snow off of it. Te salt chemically reacts with the concrete and breaks down the bond. This leads to rapid deterioration of the concrete… cracks, spalling, general breakdown. The fact yours is sealed is another improvement as concrete is pourous and as the snow melts it sinks into the concrete. Sealing it prevents the penetration of water or salty water dripping from the car.
It’s been snowing for tens of thousands of years. Concrete is older than most of North America.
My father-in-law lives on the shores of Lake Huron where the snow is piled much higher than his minvan right now. They’ve a concrete driveway and have had for twenty years and it has never been replaced. If the lady in your life thinks that my Seventy Eight year-old father-in-law runs out every time it begins to snow, she*s delusional!
He does, however, use a no-salt de-icing product which is easier on the environment. My mother-in-law is a master gardener who does not want salt damage in the gardens bordering the driveway.
Probably not, but I guess you do run a slight chance of the formation of ice in a smaller crack. When water forms to ice, it expands and could crack the concrete. While sealing should prevent this, you never know. On the other hand, what would she have you do to prevent snow from getting on it?
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