While no concrete product is truly de-icing salt proof, EP Henry Pavers – due to their high strength and low absorption rates – are more resistant to de-icing salts than concrete, asphalt and pavers that utilize inferior materials. However, misuse of de-icing products can, over time, lead to damage. EP Henry recommends The Interlocking Concrete Pavement Institute’s guidelines to limit exposure to de-icing materials:
- Mix the salt with sand, which is visible and the traction can be felt underfoot
- Follow the recommended application and don’t overapply the salt
- Use deicing salt for melting ice, not for snow removal
- Remove the ice once it’s loose to avoid salt buildup
- Wash off the pavers in the spring, since the salt can continue to cause degradation even after the ice or snow has melted
For additional information, visit icpi.org.