Preventing Brick Pavers from Icing Over

In cool climates, concrete brick pavers can ice over if they are laid when temperatures are low enough for heavy dew or frost. Discover below several methods to prevent your brick pavers from icing over.

Speed Up the Drying Process

Rent a warm air blower and dry the concrete brick pavers thoroughly. The porous structure of concrete brick pavers allows them to hold water both from precipitation and from the ground soil. It can take from a few days up to 2 weeks for newly laid concrete brick pavers to settle and dry out.

Coat the Brick Pavers with a Sealer

Once the brick pavers are fully dry, coat them with a moisture-resistant sealer.

Use Sand to Melt Ice and Prevent Ice Formation

Purchase a container of road sand, and sprinkle it on the pavers in the morning and evening to melt existing ice and to prevent ice buildup. Avoid using rock salt on concrete pavers, as it can damage the finish and color of unsealed brick pavers.

Improve Subsoil Drainage

If the ice continues to be a problem after 2 weeks, lift up the brick pavers and lay a drainage mat on top of the subsoil. Cover the mat with a thin layer of coarse sand and lay the pavers down again.