The temperatures outside are dropping, which means that winter is just around the corner. Michigan homes and businesses constantly have to deal with snow and ice in their driveways, walkways and more. Here at Brickworks Property Restoration in Metro Detroit, MI, we create beautiful brick porches that are built to last. One of the most important ways to protect your brick porch us to keep snow from building up on it. The tips below will explain how to prevent snow from piling on your brick porch.
Shovel Snow Frequently
No one wants to get out every morning to shovel snow, but that’s the reality of maintaining a property in Michigan. For a couple months of the year, you must consistently shovel snow on your porch, sidewalk and driveway so it doesn’t get too high or too heavy. If you shovel the snow after it has freshly fallen, you can prevent ice from forming below it. This is what will damage your brick and concrete over time. Get in the habit of shoveling your porch regularly, and you will be able to avoid brick and concrete repair.
Create A Walking Path With Mats
You may want to put some welcome mats on your porch during heavy snowfall so you can lift chunks of ice at a time. This will essentially create a set of stepping stones on the porch that you can use while you are shoveling the rest of the area. Try not to use one long rug for this process as it may get too heavy with the snow on top of it. You will be better off using several small mats in a row.
Stretch Before You Shovel
Remember to stretch your muscles before you shovel snow. This is just like exercising or lifting weights at the gym. If you have a large brick porch to shovel, bring a bottle of water with you to stay hydrated. The more prepared you are, the easier it will be for you to clean up your exterior and get back to more important tasks in the day.