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#4673141 - 02/21/18 11:48 AM Deck ice problem
Bronco1 Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
Posts: 137
Loc: Colorado
We have a trex deck outside of our front door on our new house. The house is north facing so during winter the whole front of the house never gets direct sun. Were having an ice build up problem there and Im not quite sure what to do with it. I try to keep it clear of snow and such but, despite gutters with caps and a strip to divert runoff from the door, were still getting a real slip hazard forming. Anyone have any suggestion for dealing with this? Is there an ice melt thats safe to use on trex? I The stairs going up to the front are fine, its the area right in front of the front doors that is the problem.

Thx in advance for any suggestions!
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#4673164 - 02/21/18 12:01 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 11/09/08
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Covered porch / roof of some sort? If not all of then just next to the door. Might be nice to be out of the rain while fumbling with keys.
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#4673172 - 02/21/18 12:06 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 06/04/02
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Keep a container of sand handy. I don't use salt on my property.

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#4673190 - 02/21/18 12:30 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Get one of those entrance mats that is made of recycled tire rubber.


Durable Corporation 108 Recycled Tire-Link Anti-Fatigue Mat, for Wet Areas, Straight Weave, 14" Width x 22" Length x 5/8" Thickness, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B005CKC37Q/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_JQBJAb0JPZHKM
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#4673214 - 02/21/18 12:42 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 09/19/08
Posts: 1934
Loc: Pennsylvania
Urea is a good safe for pets ice melt that is non-corrosive and that does not cause damage to concrete. I buy 50 pounds every year at a golf course supply business and use it on my front porch and driveway. It is also what you find in lawn fertilizer so any runoff just feeds the lawn. Put this down along with a bit of sand and you should have no problems.
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#4673327 - 02/21/18 02:05 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Loc: Colorado
I think sand is probably the answer. Thanks guys!
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#4673370 - 02/21/18 02:44 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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#4673562 - 02/21/18 05:12 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 01/13/13
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Loc: Texas
Use the other door ! :-)
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#4673578 - 02/21/18 05:25 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 06/15/03
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Mechanical removal, eg get a metal shovel and crack off a little bit at a time.

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#4673607 - 02/21/18 05:51 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: Bronco1]
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Registered: 12/04/04
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Loc: 1/2 hr. north of Detroit
I use big entrance mats from either Home Depot or Lowes. I keep four, because I constantly rotate two frozen / wet ones for two dry ones. No more slipping off the porch and dislocating a shoulder.

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#4673704 - 02/21/18 07:11 PM Re: Deck ice problem [Re: WyrTwister]
Bronco1 Offline


Registered: 01/06/17
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Loc: Colorado
Originally Posted By: WyrTwister
Use the other door ! :-)


I do. I go through the garage. wink
It's the delivery folks I worry about.

So sand and rotate frozen mats, sounds like a plan!
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