Taking care of brick stairs in winter


Old 12-12-16, 02:58 PM
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Taking care of brick stairs in winter

The brick and mortar front stairs had mortar coming out and a few bricks (and field stones) coming loose.

Spent most of my summer replacing the field stones with granite , replaced the loose and broken bricks and repointed all other mortar joints.

Used a sealer (Thomson) .

The real challenge now is how do I take care of it now in winter. We already had first snow (Massachusetts) . The stairs are in North and so ice forms easily.

Salt will again break the mortars. Are their any alternative (Calcium/Magnesium chloride) that I can use ? How about heated stair treads that are sold over net ?
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Old 12-13-16, 08:41 AM
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The calcium chloride or magnesium chloride that you mentioned are both very good alternatives and will do much less damage than traditional salt. I've never seen you stair treads and I really think that unless they were kept on all the time they heat and thaw cycles will be quite detrimental to the stairway.
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