Minnesota Concrete Driveways Survive the Winter

We’re back at that time of year when the temperatures dip down at night, a sure sign that fall is here, and winter is right around the corner. We might not like to think about it, but it won’t be long before it will be time to tune up the snow blowers, put on the plows, and get those shovels ready to work. If clearing snow during the winter months is a hassle, there are several reasons why a Minnesota concrete driveway can make your job easier.

  1. Concrete driveways provide a smooth, strong surface to help with easy snow and ice removal. Those with other types of driveways might know the frustrations of clearing the driveway. Snowblowing a gravel drive sends those small rocks flying, which can not only be dangerous, but come spring, you have to pick them out of your lawn, and often have gravel delivered to replace what you lost. A blacktop driveway sounds like a good idea, but after plowing a few times, homeowners find that they are clearing more than just snow, when chunks of their driveway end up in the snowbanks. It’s a frustrating experience, considering the financial investment required for a blacktop driveway. Concrete driveways are much easier to clear, with a smooth surface that is easy to plow, shovel, or use a snowblower. And because concrete is so strong, you don’t have to worry about pieces coming off when using a plow.
  2. Concrete has a high thermal mass. Thermal mass is a property that enables materials to absorb, store, and later release significant amounts of heat. This advantage is especially attractive to homeowners who currently have gravel or stone driveways. When upgrading to concrete, you will notice that when the snow first starts falling, the thermal properties will melt it and it won’t start to accumulate as fast. Then, in between storms, when other driveways are snow packed for weeks, concrete driveways will absorb some of the sun’s rays and melt some of that snow and ice, enabling you to completely clear your driveway. In the late winter, especially, when the freeze, thaw cycle often results in icy surfaces that are dangerous to walk and drive on, you’ll be glad you chose a concrete surface.

Unfortunately, many people conveniently forget how hard it is to clear their driveway, until about January. If a concrete driveway is something you want to enjoy the benefits of during the coldest months of the year, it’s best to think ahead. This is an optimal time to install a concrete driveway, with perfect weather conditions that will result in a strong, durable product able to withstand this winter, and many more to come.

If the benefits of a concrete driveway appeal to you, but the look of it does not, we have a solution for that too. Through a variety of techniques, including stamping, coloring, and cutting, we can give your driveway a unique look that will enhance your curb appeal, and make coming home every day a pleasant experience. We can make your driveway look like pavers, bricks, slate, or a variety of other choices that will give your driveway a unique, upscale look with all the benefits of a concrete driveway.

Winter is coming, and wouldn’t it be nice to be able to easily clear your driveway from the snow and ice? If you’re looking for an experienced, dependable company to get the job done, contact us. We offer free evaluations and no obligation estimates, and have favorable reviews from the Better Business Bureau, Angie’s List, and Home Advisor. Call today to get your new driveway started.


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