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Discussion in 'Ice Management' started by scoot98758, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. scoot98758

    scoot98758 Junior Member
    Messages: 29

    I received this in an e-mail from a customer: "My home is brand new and the contractor states the concrete driveway should not be subject to corrosives such as salt. Do you offer alternatives?" Does anyone know of any de-icing materials that won't cause damage to new concrete or do you recommend putting down sand until the concrete has been there a year? Also do I have to plow any differently on new concrete vs asphalt?
    Thanks you for your great advice in advance
  2. TLB

    TLB Senior Member
    Messages: 275

    Just plow like you normaly do.
  3. shovelracer

    shovelracer Senior Member
    Messages: 525

    Not sure why they have a concrete drive in a snow area. You can be assured that any ice melting product will be somewhat corrosive to any porous surface. It's corrosiveness is related to it melting point. If you keep this guy use a traction aid like sand, but dont use anything else cause you are going to be blamed when the driveway fails.
  4. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    st louis is not a snow area.
  5. Jay brown

    Jay brown PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,783

    i would not use anything on a driveway located in Missouri
  6. cretebaby

    cretebaby PlowSite Veteran
    Messages: 4,162

    what should we use to make driveway?

    AMY TOWN & COUN Junior Member
    from CHICAGO
    Messages: 3

    Potassium Chloride, Magnesium Chloride, and Calcium Chloride are all used for newly cemented areas, for areas with plants around them and as an alternative to traditional salt. These products are more expensive and they work in lower temperatures--down to -25.