Winter Masonry Damage Prevention Tips

Winter is in full swing, so have you been paying attention to the effects of cold weather on your masonry? The freezing temperatures, snow, and ice can cause significant damage to your brickwork, stonework, and concrete. As a homeowner, it is essential to take steps to protect your masonry from the harsh winter weather. So, here are some of our professional tips to keep in mind for the rest of the season. 

1. Seal Cracks and Gaps

One of the most important steps in protecting your masonry is to seal any cracks, gaps, or holes. These small openings can let water in, which can lead to significant damage. Use caulk or sealant to waterproof any gaps or cracks in your walkways, chimneys, or foundations. This will prevent water from entering your masonry and causing damage during the winter.

2. Clean Gutters and Downspouts 

Clogged gutters and downspouts can cause water to overflow and penetrate your masonry. Before the winter season, it is important to clean your gutters and make sure that they are not clogged. This will help to direct water away from your masonry. Also, consider adding downspout extensions to run water further away from your foundation.

3. Protect Your Concrete

Concrete is vulnerable to several factors during the winter, including snow, ice, and freeze-thaw cycles. Ensure that any concrete surfaces, such as driveways and walkways, are sealed before the winter season. This will protect your concrete by preventing water from entering and causing cracks. Also, try to avoid using deicers that contain salt, as it can damage your concrete.

4. Keep Masonry Dry During Winter

Water can cause significant damage to your outdoor spaces during the winter season. Ensure that your masonry stays as dry as possible by removing snow and ice from your roofs, gutters, and downspouts. Also, consider using a water-repellent solution to protect your masonry from water infiltration.

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