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During the Minnesota winter, your driveway will also be exposed to snow and ice on a regular basis. Fortunately, you can keep your driveway clean and clear all winter long by following a few handy tips. Gutter Helmet® of Northern Minnesota, your best choice for gutter helmet systems, shares what you need to know:

Avoid Using Rock Salt

If you’re thinking about using salt to get rid of the ice and snow on your driveway immediately, you’ll only damage the pavement in the process. Asphalt is porous, which means salt and water can penetrate it. Rock salt, in particular, will trigger a cycle of thawing then freezing because it has a melt limit of 25 degrees, and the winter months tend to be much colder than this. The constant cycle will slowly damage the asphalt, creating uneven surfaces and potholes.

Consider Sealcoating Your Driveway

It’s also better to prepare your driveway in advance to prevent unwanted damage later on. When you sealcoat your driveway, you’re applying a sealing coat on the pavement that acts as a protective barrier against water, oil, sunlight and other natural elements. It can also protect your driveway from snow and ice, so you won’t have to worry about damage as you get rid of them with your shovel. But keep in mind it needs to cure at around 50 degrees or higher, which is why it’s ideal to apply it before the colder months arrive.

Manage Your Gutters

Before the winter season begins, make sure to check that your downspouts are pointed away from your driveway. This is to avoid melted snow and ice from your roof falling into the driveway. Diverting the water runoff also prevents it from refreezing on your driveway. 

When it comes to quality gutter protection systems, Gutter Helmet of Northern Minnesota is your best choice for the job! Call us at (866) 937-3508 or fill out our online contact form. We serve our customers in Minnesota, including Duluth and the surrounding areas.

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