As the winter season approaches, it’s important to protect your masonry from harsh weather. From brick walls and chimneys to patios and driveways, masonry is a durable and long-lasting material that can withstand the elements. However, without proper care and maintenance, masonry can become damaged and weakened by the winter weather.
Here are some tips to help you protect your masonry this winter:
Clean your masonry surfaces
Before the winter weather arrives, be sure to give your masonry surfaces a thorough cleaning. Remove any dirt, debris, or stains that may have accumulated over the year. This will help prevent further damage and make it easier to spot any cracks or damages that may need to be repaired.
Repair any cracks or damages
If you notice any cracks or damages in your masonry, it’s essential to get them repaired before the winter weather hits. Cracks and damages can allow moisture to seep into the masonry, causing further damage and potentially leading to more serious problems down the road.
Protect your masonry from freeze-thaw damage
One of the main dangers of winter weather is the freeze-thaw cycle. When water seeps into the masonry and then freezes, it expands and can cause it to crack or break. To protect your masonry from freeze-thaw damage, be sure to keep it well-sealed and apply a waterproofing agent to help prevent water from seeping in.
Keep your masonry surfaces clear of snow and ice
Snow and ice can be heavy and can put a lot of strain on your masonry surfaces. To prevent damage, be sure to keep your masonry surfaces clear of snow and ice. This includes shoveling your driveway and sidewalks and using de-icing products on your steps and walkways to prevent slippery surfaces.
Protect your masonry from salt and ice melt
Salt and ice melt products are commonly used to help melt snow and ice during the winter months. However, these products can be harsh on masonry, causing damage and discoloration. To protect your masonry from salt and ice melt, try using a product specifically designed for masonry use. These products are typically less harsh and less likely to cause damage.
Hire a professional for masonry repairs and restoration:
If you’re not comfortable tackling masonry repairs and restoration on your own, it’s always a good idea to hire a professional. A professional masonry contractor has the skills and experience to properly repair and restore your masonry surfaces, ensuring that they are strong and durable for years to come.
At Bruno Guerriero Construction Inc., we offer expert masonry repair and restoration services to help keep your masonry in top condition. Whether you need to repair a small crack or restore a large masonry surface, our team has the knowledge and expertise to get the job done right. Contact us today to learn more about our masonry repair and restoration services and how we can help protect your masonry this winter!