The old adage is that there are two seasons in Colorado, winter and road construction. Like many old sayings, it has a lot of truth to it. We all love living in Colorado because we get to experience all four seasons, but this experience comes with a cost. The harsh winters and fluctuating temperatures around Loveland and Fort Collins can take its toll on your concrete. After only a few seasons, it is entirely possible for you to notice visible wear and tear on your property. To prevent long-term winter damages to your concrete, it is important you learn how to protect your investment! Below are a few tips from our team here at A Concrete Inc. on how to preserve and protect your concrete.
Keep It Clean
Spray your concrete often with a pressure washer using warm water. A garden hose is less effective than a pressure washer but is still beneficial in washing concrete. It is important to wash regularly your concrete as a means of removing built up sediment damaging the material.
The salts and minerals used to melt ice on our roads can wreak havoc on you driveway and garage floor. Road salt will rapidly deteriorate the surface of your concrete, causing cracks and chipping. Over time and a few seasons of wear, these cracks and chips can become long-term damage readily apparent across your concrete surfaces. Even if you cannot see the immediate sediment being built up, the wear is happening. Prolong the life of your concrete by keeping your driveway and garage free of any road salts and chemicals.
Don’t Pile It Up
We all have that neighbor who loves to go out every half hour in freezing temperatures to shovel their driveway. This tip is for the rest of us who would rather stay inside and keep warm; don’t let your driveway turn into Snow Mountain! You do not need to be as diligent as every hour, but it is important to do work in preventing extended build up.
Letting snow and ice accumulate on you concrete is a bad idea. With the fluctuating temperatures during Colorado’s winters, ice can freeze and thaw many times below the snow’s surface. If allowed to freeze repeatedly and thaw, cracks can begin forming along your concrete. As melt continues to occur, water will find its way in and magnify the situation. Do yourself a favor, and keep your driveway clear of snow and ice.
Add a Clear Seal While It’s Sunny
The best defense is a good offense. Prevent corrosion before it begins. Applying a clear seal can be a great way to be proactive in preserving the life of your concrete. Clear Sealing creates a physical barrier that protect your concrete from corrosion. With the summer winding down and fall around the corner, now is the perfect time to seal your concrete before weather or fall debris begin taking over your driveway.
When considering a clear seal, it is not essential you know all the details of your concrete, our team of experts will gladly assist you in figuring out what sealing options work best for you. Call us today at (970) 667-6905 to schedule a clear sealing for your concrete or discuss these options further.
Remember, buying a home is one of the few purchases we make that appreciates. It is an investment that grows over time but only if you properly tend to your investment. A great patio and pristine driveway can increase your home’s value, and custom concrete work can increase the joy your home gives you. Give A Concrete Inc. a call today for a free estimate and get started on a driveway or patio that you love. Beat old man winter this year by following these few simple tips.