Each winter, we face the inescapable struggle of finding snow and ice on our roads and our driveways. Hence, you probably know that salt is commonly used to get rid of this ice. But, did you ever question just why that is the case? As this is the time of the year where we have to remove a lot of snow, it would be a good option to know why salt is used to melt snow on driveways and pavements:
Importance of Snow Removal
There is a reason why it is mandatory for property owners and members of commercial buildings to clear out snow that has accumulated after the snowfall. It is a good idea to be regular with snow removal. As not doing so would only mean there would be more ice to remove later on. It is also done because the presence of ice directly increases the risk of slipping and with that the subsequent possibility of an injury.
How Salt Helps in Snow Removal
Wintertime snowfall eventually leads to slick roads which is most likely going to result in injuries both minor and severe. Even car accidents become common when our roads and driveways become slippery. Clearing snow in these scenarios is essential.
However, snow removal is time-consuming and needs a lot of physical energy. But, there is always the option of deicing these surfaces instead. Salt is a commonly used substance that is sprinkled over the snow to ensure its easy removal. The reason salt is used because it has the capacity to manipulate the freezing point of water. Hence, water with a presence of salt has a lower freezing point than water without it.
Salting the accumulated ice in the driveways and walkways helps it melt faster. Additionally, salting also helps make sure that the further snow or rain that accumulates does not have the chance to freeze.
Snow Removal Services
It is important for us to remove the ice that accumulates on our driveways and walkways because a lack of it not only leads to the violation of many municipal codes but can also result in injuries. And, there is still always the option of clearing the snow through designated snow removal services that use professional means to clear your walkways. Service providers such as Blacktop Paving with their experience and efficiency can help you in dealing with the snow on driveways and walkways. Consult our experts to avail these snow removal services today.
Are you thinking to make your parking lot safer? Do you want to enhance its beauty? Parking lot striping is not a time-consuming process and is also easy on pocket. You just need a parking lot striper, good quality paint and a measuring tape. Let us see how it’s done.
1) Getting Rid of Dust and Debris
Before striping your parking lot, you should make it dust and debris free. You can do so by hand or by using a gas blower which can tremendously reduce your time and can also save you from that excruciating back pain. Ensure that there are no water puddles which can seep inside the asphalt and can destroy it over a period of time. Check for any cracks and fill them up. Do not forget to sealcoat your asphalt which not only protects it from dust, snow, water and other elements that deteriorate asphalt but also provides luster.
2) Selecting an Asphalt Striping Machine
Now you are ready to strip it as per the paint of your choice. Strips can be made either by hand or by a machine. Striping by hand is a tiresome job as you have to bend down for most of the time which can lead to serious back-pain issues. On the other hand, a striping machine will give your parking lot a professional look and will help you to come out with a neat, more intricate and better design.
3) Selecting the Right Paint and Color
Selecting the right paint and color is of prime importance for your parking lot to look bright and colorful. There are two types of paints that are used for coloring a parking lot which is water based and solvent based. Acrylics and latex paints are not used as they can peel off quickly. As far as the color of the strips is concerned, blue and white are generally preferred. One must also take in consideration of the government norms which designate a particular color to be used for handicaps and for denoting specific curves and areas which are prohibited for parking.
If you need any assistance in maintaining and managing your parking lot, Blacktop Paving can provide professional services to help you.