OK, so you can never really stop ice and snow in the winter, but did you know there are some steps you can take in the summer to reduce the impact that cold weather has on your home or business?
At Earth Development, we’ve witnessed pretty much everything there is to witness when it comes to deicing roads and removing snow, and we know how every business can best prepare for the cold months. Along with booking in regular preventative road deicing and treatment to prevent ice from forming, consider the following four ideas during the summer months.
Implement any one of these things in your building or renovation projects and you’ll be prepared for the coldest of winters and have the best chance of ensuring your customers, clients, and employees can safely access your business property during bad weather. They’re even great to use on your home!
Use Local Stone During Building
Using local stone during building and renovation is not just an environmentally friendly way of improving your home or business property, but it can also help improve your building’s resistance to the cold weather. Local stone is typically best to use whether it’s paving or construction, rather than stone sourced from entirely different climates that may not respond quite as well to deicing treatment or may become ultra-slippery in the cold.
Speak to local construction companies and landscapers for more ideas, as they’ll know which stones are best for outdoor paving, particularly in states where the winters are very cold.
Level Paths and Sidewalks
Leveling your paths so that there are no dangerous potholes or lifted slabs, and making sure that stone paving outside your property is straight is a great idea for all seasons. Doing it in the summer, however, is much easier!
When you level your paths and fill in potholes, you’ll make the surface safer to walk on and make it harder for water to seep through the cracks and freeze in the wintertime. The smoother a surface can be the safer it will be, so always keep this mind when renovating in the summertime. It also prevents future damage, as water freezing, thawing, and re-freezing eventually fractures stone.
It also makes it easier for our team of professionals at Earth Development to attend your property and perform snow removal and deicing!
Consider Heated Pavement
Just as you can get heated floors in your home, heated pavement and pathways are popular too. These are particularly common with business properties in regions that suffer cold winters. Heated pathways can reduce the need for salting and shoveling, and in mild snowfall, often eliminate the need for deicing completely.
The amount of money you spend on a heated pathway can significantly reduce your expenditure on deicing in the future, making it a wise investment and one to consider in the summer!
Widen Entrances and Remove Obstacles
Finally, consider widening entrances to your property to make it easier for snowplows and other vehicles. A snowplow is always the quickest and simplest way of getting rid of snow, so anything you can do to make it easier for a snowplow to access your property will always be helpful.
If you have a parking lot, consider widening the entrance and removing any obstacles that might make it difficult for larger vehicles to get through.
Don’t Forget Preventative Maintenance from Earth Development
Combine these four tricks with the effectiveness of deicing and snow removal services from Earth Development, and you’ll never struggle with icy paths ever again! We offer full preventative maintenance services and last-minute removals for companies throughout America.
For more information about our full range of snow removal and deicing services, and to learn more about how we can help your home or business in Minnesota, Indiana, Iowa, Ohio, or Wisconsin, get in touch today!
Contact us online or give us a call and we’ll discuss your needs, arrange a visit to your property to assess what you might need, and even give you a free quote.