I am a new home owner and just learned the hard way to not use salt on cement stairs. Even the little white pellets that cost a lot.
When summer comes around and it is time for me to search for a contractor to resurface, what are some important questions that I should ask? I want to make sure I hire somebody who know exactly what to do.
Deicing salts do increase the number or freeze/thaw cycles that concrete goes through daily, weekly, and monthly in a season. If the concrete isn't properly designed (4000psi, air-entrainment) to allow the absorbed moisture to expand when it re-freezes, the surface pops, peels, and scales off.
I would recommend finding a trained Elite Crete contractor in your area. They are trained to fix concrete spalling correctly. There is much more to it than just troweling down a repair material.