Knowing the best and least harmful ways to de-ice your driveway can limit damage during harsh winters and help your driveway last a long time – eliminating the need for paving services Vancouver, far before the lifespan of your driveway runs its course.
Daily Shovelling with a Quality Shovel
To reduce damage to your driveway, especially if it’s new, avoid using metal shovels as they can scratch your driveway’s surface and crumble away top layers. You can buy heavy-duty plastic shovels as they are softer and gentler on the asphalt, making it more likely that the shovel will scratch or crack, rather than your driveway.
Sand is non-toxic, safe for your pets, plants and the environment. It is good at creating friction between ice and your car or motorcycle tires so they can have a good grip for parking. It doesn’t melt like rock salt or ice melt does, so the more sand you throw the more you will have to clean up.
Rock salt is a classic because it works, however, it is dangerous for pets, plants and the environment because it contains cyanide and chloride.
Other than sand, no environmentally friendly and pet-friendly de-icing products will be 100% safe for your pets, the plants or the environment, but they will be better than the ones loaded with chemicals. Some melt only at certain temperatures, and you can expect to pay a high price tag, especially considering how regularly you will be using them if you live in a snowy area.
Although expensive, heat mats lay on top of your driveway and act as a track that one side of your vehicle and its tires can drive along when leaving your home or parking. Weight-durable, they make it easy to move with ease during the snowiest and iciest of winters.
If your driveway has been damaged and requires repaving, our paving services Vancouver will provide you with a fresh new driveway ready to take on future winters. We can also sealcoat it, ensuring it is ready to withstand the harshest weather conditions. Get in touch with us to learn more about the way we work, the services we provide, and how we can get started.