Winter Hardscapes: Preventing Slips & Falls This Season

When it comes to winter, this season can bring cold and icy weather, resulting in icy sidewalks, driveways, and patios that pose a significant safety risk. Slips and falls on hardscapes during winter can lead to injuries, and it’s essential to take steps to prevent accidents and ensure the safety of everyone on your property. That’s why this month at MAX13 Construction, we’re exploring practical measures to keep your hardscapes safe and slip-resistant during the winter season.

Shovel Snow and Ice

Keeping your hardscapes clear of snow and ice is the most effective way to prevent slips and falls. Regularly shovel snow off your driveways, walkways, and patios, and apply salt or sand to melt ice. 

Choose the Right De-Icing Material

When it comes to de-icing materials, not all are created equal. Rock salt, for example, can damage hardscape surfaces over time. Consider using alternatives like calcium chloride or magnesium chloride, which are less harmful to your hardscapes and the environment. Always make sure to follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for application!

Install Heated Hardscapes

If you live in an area with particularly harsh winters, consider investing in heated driveways and walkways. These systems use radiant heat to melt snow and ice, ensuring that your hardscapes remain safe and accessible even during the coldest weather. While the initial installation cost can be significant, the long-term benefits in terms of safety and convenience can be well worth it.

Use Anti-Slip Mats and Treads

Anti-slip mats and treads are readily available and can provide an additional layer of safety on your hardscapes. These textured, durable products can be placed on walkways and stairs to reduce the risk of slipping. Look for mats and treads designed specifically for outdoor use in winter conditions.

Regular Maintenance

Regularly inspect your hardscape surfaces for signs of wear and tear. Repair any uneven or damaged areas promptly, as these can become trip hazards. Additionally, keep drainage systems clear to prevent water from freezing and creating icy patches.


MAX13 Construction

If you’re in need of hardscaping services this season, we encourage you to reach out to our team at MAX13 Construction to address any of your questions or concerns. To discover our complete list of services, check out our website today for more information. 

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