Have you noticed any weaknesses in your home or business’ outdoor steps? If so, it is essential to schedule any repairs or replacements before the cold weather hits. Cracks and scaling can become even worse with cold weather, snow, and ice and could even create unsafe conditions. Here at Wohlwend Concrete, we are the experts in concrete stairs for Vadnais Heights and the surrounding areas and can prepare your concrete for the months ahead.
First of all, when it comes to heavily trafficked areas of your home or business, like steps, it is essential to enlist the help of experts. The ones here at Wohlwend Concrete are here to help with all your concrete construction and repair needs. We specialize in concrete stairs for both residential and commercial clients in the Twin Cities area, and we are dedicated to supplying the best possible workmanship and reliability.
Below freezing temperatures, ice and snow can all potentially damage exterior concrete and concrete stairs. The most popular explanation for the concrete cracking is the freeze-thaw cycle in the winter. Because concrete can be porous, water from rain or snow can seep below the surface, freeze, expand, and then contract when the water thaws. This expansion and contraction over the fall and winter will cause the concrete to flake or even crack.
And what do you do when the first snowflake falls on your front steps? Spread salt of course. Salt can contribute to cracking and scaling of concrete stairs and walkways. So, when it’s time to de-ice your concrete steps, you want to make sure you don’t use the old standbys like rock salt or sodium chloride. Rock salt itself won’t damage your concrete steps, but the rapid heating and then refreezing can. Taking a few minutes to shovel your concrete steps and fully clear them of slush and ice could save you a world of hassle and money in the long run. It is also important to make sure your steps are in good condition in the first place prior to the first snowfall. Have any cracks or scaling taken care of before winter in order to ensure safer, more predictable conditions.
The proper installation and repair of your concrete stairs by trusted professionals like those at Wohlwend Concrete is essential to preventing any cracks and damage this winter. While there is no way to guarantee concrete won’t crack, there are measures that can be taken such as contraction joints, sealing and more.
In need of new steps? Concrete stairs are durable, affordable, and long-lasting. They require little maintenance and can stand up to fluctuating temperatures throughout the seasons if installed correctly.
Ready to schedule repairs or replacement of your concrete stairs before winter? For professional repairs or information on concrete stairs in the Vadnais Heights area, call Wohlwend Concrete at 651-426-2610 or contact us for a Free Quote Request.