4 Tips to Keep Your Driveway and Garage Clear During Winter
It's winter — also known as the slippery, slide and fall-down time — especially if you don't keep your driveway and garage clear of ice and melting snow! Winter weather creates dangerous conditions on your garage floor if you aren't careful. Your garage door helps protect your garage floor and provide a barrier against everything that winter weather brings, such as melting ice and encroaching snowfall. These four tips will help keep your driveway and garage clear during inclement weather.
1. Clearing Out the Snow
Winter can bring significant snowfall, and ice may be hiding underneath that blanket of snowy white. The first step in keeping things safe is to clear away the snow from your walking paths and driveway. If you don't have a snow-clearing service, shoveling that pesky snow is the best way to go. Experts note that it's easier to remove a small amount of snow at a time and repeat instead of attempting to move excessive snowfall all at once.
2. Protect Your Landscaping
Getting ready for winter means stocking up on rock salt to de-ice your concrete areas, right? Well, not if you want to keep your landscaping healthy! Calcium magnesium acetate is a more expensive option up front, but it will protect your pricey landscaping and is less damaging to concrete than sodium chloride (salt).
3. Stock Up On Mats
Garage floors are notoriously slick, and you don't want to risk a fall as you're exiting your vehicle with wet shoes or on drippy concrete. Mats or old pieces of carpet will help soak up additional liquids and provide a dry area for walking. Even old towels can help provide a little traction for your shoes as you're stepping out onto slick concrete. You can also add a sealant to your concrete that includes flecks or textures to reduce the slipperiness.
4. Pre-Winter Inspections
Are you feeling a breeze under your garage door even when the door is completely closed? You may need to add some insulation to your garage door to keep your home toasty warm. A significant amount of heat can be lost through your garage unless the door is well-insulated. Anytime you can see light under your garage door, you may need to invest in a bit of winterizing. There are some things you can do yourself, but when in doubt you can always call your local garage door professionals to help keep everything buttoned up tightly.
Protecting your home starts with creating a safe environment for family and friends during the winter. When you need help with your garage doors or maintenance, visit us online at Wayne Overhead Door Sales & Home Improvements or contact us today at 937-885-4545. Our friendly team of professionals is standing by to help you be successful in your next home improvement project.