Are you walking through a winter wonderland? Or more like skating through one with ice and chilly temperatures? While picturesque, we want to help you maintain a safe and accessible ramp and walkway this winter. Don’t forget to winterize your ramp with these simple tips.
- Prevention: Is the weatherman predicting a substantial snowfall or sleet in the coming days? Make the most of the time before the storm hits by applying solutions to prevent snow and ice accumulation. This will save you time and effort in the long run so you won’t have to worry and you can enjoy the snowfall.
- Ice Melt: Using things like certain salts and other ice melt products can help eliminate the ice and snow safely with minimal work on your part, so you have more time to enjoy the winter wonderland. However, avoid corrosive chemicals that can cause damage to your ramp.
Note: The information above is taken from Fact Sheet 707, Cooperative Extension Service, University of Maryland at College Park, University of Maryland Eastern Shore and was up-to-date at the time of this post.
*Sodium and calcium chloride are particularly damaging to newly poured concrete. Also, these chemicals should not be applied to brick or stone surfaces. Table adapted with permission from work of John Buckreis, Merrifield Gardens Nursery, Annandale, VA
- Brooms: Having a push broom on hand is also great for easily snow removal. A push broom will move snow faster as opposed to a traditional kitchen broom. Another bonus of using a broom? You won’t damage the ramp.
- Plastic Shovels: Metal on metal can be hard on the ears and even harder on your ramp. If you plan to shovel snow, make sure that you’re utilizing a plastic or rubber shovel. It gets the job done and helps prevent scratches or damages to your ramp.
Don’t let the ice and snow prevent you from using your ramp this winter and enjoying the season. If you have questions when it comes to caring for your ramp during the winter, please reach out to our friendly customer service team.