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Question DetailsAsked on 12/31/2014

does snow plowing truck damage concrete driveway

I mean residential concrete driveway, does the age of the driveway matter

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Concrete gets stronger with age (assumes it gets wet periodically), but also degrades with soap and chemical cleaner exposure, freeze-thaw action, and exposure to salts - so while it might structurally get stronger overall with age, the surface tends to degrade with age and eventually (typically 10-20 years with driveways) starts corner cracking, popping out pieces and spalling. And of course, over time, the concrete panels tend to settle with time - especially if exposed to a lot of water, so you get uneven levels at joints and corners.
Assuming you mean a pickup sized truck or 4-wheeler with plow, the weight of the truck and the plowing action should have no structural effect. However, the plowing will scratch it, abrade off the shiny surface from sealer or curing compound (especially if mixed with sand), wear away stained or painted concrete color, pop out loose pieces of concrete at the surface that were about ready to come out ontheir own anyway, and of course if you have raised corners can break them off. Also, if the plow operator does not have skid pads under the blade or has them set too high, then the corners of the plow can dig shallow gouges in the concrete and hook raised corners. Most of these things are considered normal wear and tear by most people, but with patterned or stained concrete or a new driveway a lot of people do not like seeing scratches and dull areas in their drive. In that case, get out the snowblower (set to not scrape the surface with the auger) or dig out the snow scoop and get your exercise. About the only thing a snowplow operator can do to minimize this type of "damage" is to backdrag the snow out to the street rather than push it forwards (which takes more passes hence more time and cost), make sure his skid pads are set to prevent the blade from gouging the surface, and not plow at an angle to the drive which minimizes the chances of gouging the blade corner into the concrete - but also means longer pushing runs as it all has to go to the street, then be pushed upinto piles from there (possibly damaging plantings/lawn).

Answered 5 years ago by LCD

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