Don’t Let Rocksalt Sit on Your Concrete After a Snowstorm! 4 Ways Salt is Harmful to Concrete

You’ve seen it, right? Salt littered all over the place even after the snow is all melted and gone. It’s terrible! And while the salt serves no purpose, it can actually be detrimental to the surface it is resting on. At Construction Building Materials, providing lumber & building supply in Princeton, NJ, we want you to start being wary of salt on your concrete.  

Did you know? Rocksalt and deicers can contain chlorides like:

  • Sodium chloride
  • Potassium chloride
  • Calcium chloride

These “safe” de-icing chemicals, fertilizers, or even ocean water will chemically attack your concrete, causing it to deteriorate. Because they are mildly acidic, they are capable of disrupting the bonds that hold the concrete together. You don’t want the surface of your concrete to chip, flake, or spall do you? Instead of leaving salt on your concrete, it is best to get it off right away.


How does salt harm your concrete?


  1. Salt lowers the pH of your concrete, affecting the paste/aggregate and weakening the structure of it.

  2. Salt can exacerbate the freeze/thaw cycle by increasing your concrete’s pore size. This allows additional water to seep in and freeze, creating cracks and other damages.
  3. Being hygroscopic, salt both attracts and retains up to 10% more water into the concrete’s pore structure, leaving less room for expansion and more pressure inside.

  4. Salt speeds up carbonation and reduces the pH levels in your concrete via the Carbon Dioxide in the air. This subjects overpasses/bridges that are reinforced with steel to corrosion.


Next time you see salt on your concrete or before you consider sprinkling it on, think about the damages that salts and deicers can cause. While salt is extremely beneficial for getting rid of snow and ice, it does come with consequences. It is recommended to only use deicers sparingly for both the lifespan of your concrete and the environment. Try plowing or shoveling first before resorting to the use of salt or deicers! And if you do use them, when the snow and ice is all gone, be sure to remove all the residual or leftover salt.


At CBM, we try to make your job easier with our supplies and building materials. On top of that, we want to look out for you and your concrete! We also can offer you replacement windows in Bucks County to help you further with any of your needs. Be sure to contact us today!    

Why Do I Need to Change My Heater’s Air Filter and How Often?

It’s a question many new and old homeowners alike must ask in order to understand how to properly care for their heaters. If neglected, your house may be in danger of losing heat in the dead of winter. No one wants that! Instead, we at Construction Building Materials, a hardware store in Langhorne, PA, want to help you realize all of the benefits that come from the simple task of changing your air filters in your home.  


It maintains a healthy air quality.

Does anyone in your family have allergies or asthma? Even if they don’t, it is imperative to have an air quality that is up to par. Dirty air filters can exacerbate poor breathing conditions. And if you have pets, their dander can accumulate in the system, spreading allergens throughout the house. There is a simple solution to ensure your family maintains a healthy air quality: replace your filter.


It keeps it clean.  

If an air filter isn’t frequently changed, dirt, pollen, dust, and other follicles can clog up the filter and pollute your entire HVAC system. This compromises it, costing you on service repairs and parts you may not have bargained on.


It extends the life of your heater.

HVAC systems, furnaces, and the like do not live forever, (unfortunately). In fact, the most common reason a heating unit breaks down is because of a filthy air filter. When dirt accumulates on it, air cannot pass through. The system can even overheat due to the motor having to work harder. If you want your system to last as long as it can, make sure you’re replacing your air filters.


It improves efficiency.

When your heater is working harder, it is also using up more energy, which, in turn, causes your bill to also increase. If your system is not efficient, it will end up costing you. Just replacing your air filter can increase your heater’s efficiency and save you between 5-15% on your utility costs!


At CBM, we care about your home and stress that you consider replacing your air filters at least once every four to six weeks during the wintertime. To do so will highly benefit you and your family’s quality of life. Along with that, the choice to remodel a kitchen in Yardley, PA could also prove to be a great addition to your home. Please consider contacting us for help with your projects! We are just a phone call away: 215-315-7002 (Bristol) or 215-392-0730 (Oakford).




What Trendy Home Improvement Projects Should You Consider in 2017?

Now that 2016 is over (lucky for us), it is time not to reflect, but to charge forward into 2017. With a fresh canvas and our ideas, your home is just waiting for you to grab your tools and get to work! Be excited because your New Year’s Resolution isn’t going to complete itself; you have to make the moves. These changes will not only improve your daily quality of life, but they will also maintain the value of your property.

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Signs You Need Window Replacement Before Winter Starts

This winter’s going to be a cold one. Even though we’re not meteorologists, we’re still predicting that this winter’s going to be pretty cold because, well, it is almost every year in the Pennsylvania and New Jersey area. So, one of the best ways to protect you and your loved ones from the cold this year is to make sure your windows are made of high-quality materials and built to withstand the cold.

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The Ultimate Features KraftMaid Cabinets Provide

Is it that time? Your cabinets are looking shabby, your kitchen or bathroom is looking drab. The idea of spending all winter cooped up with these terrible looking and feeling things is seeming more and more claustrophobic. Well, perhaps it is time to be convinced not on just replacing your cabinets (you already know you need to), but on what exactly to replace them with.

Nowadays, cabinets are no longer just cabinets. Don’t get us wrong, they still perform the same duties of holding all your plates, bowls, glasses, pots, pans, spices, etc. Only, now they do it in an astounding way–or rather, KraftMaid cabinets do.

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Why Fall is the Best Time of the Year to Replace Your Windows

It’s always sad to see summer come to an end. But that feeling tends to dissolve once the realization hits that fall has arrived – because now there’s suddenly time to do the things we’ve been putting off all season long – like fixing up the house!

Why You Should Replace Your Windows in the Fall

Out of all the upgrades that could be made to your home, replacing the windows is one of the top projects preferred for fall. According to construction experts, autumn is the best time of year to renovate. The air is cooler, allowing builders to work comfortably, and rates go down due to the off-season.

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How to Style Your Room’s Interior to Look Urban and Rustic

A homey feel, an urban essence, a natural atmosphere – these are just a few of the characteristics that make up rustic style interior design. The look has become popular amongst homeowners, inspiring remodeling projects for spaces such as living rooms, family rooms, kitchens, and studies. But as with all interior design styles, the room has to have the right decorative elements to make the room’s appearance look visually appealing. Those who aren’t designer-inclined may find decorating a rustic room tricky.

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What to Know About the 2016 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Contest

Judging for the 2016 Integrity Red Diamond Achiever Award Contest is already underway, and Construction Building Materials is in the running.

We are proud to announce our participation in this contest, which recognizes the exemplary work of licensed builders, remodelers and architects, who utilize Integrity Windows and Doors. We supply Marvin materials for replacement doors and windows in the Newtown area.

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Outdoor Renovation Ideas for Your Backyard

Nothing beats the summertime. Barbecues, bocce ball, Budweiser and just bumming it on those warm weekend days. But if you think about it more closely, all those “b” words have one thing in common, and it just so happens to also start with the same letter:


Of course, they all take place in your backyard!


In other words, to really optimize on those summer activities that you know and love to pursue, you’re going to want to make sure the backyard is in tip-top shape. Maybe it’s been a few years since you thought about giving it a little spruce up? Well, now is as good a time as ever to get it looking great again!

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