As winter approaches, it’s crucial to prepare your outdoor concrete surfaces to withstand the harsh weather conditions. The freeze-thaw cycle, de-icing salts, and snow removal can cause significant wear and tear on your concrete. Here’s a comprehensive guide to help you prepare your concrete surfaces for the upcoming winter season, ensuring they remain intact and beautiful.
Begin by cleaning your concrete surfaces to remove any dirt, debris, or stains. Use a power washer for a thorough cleaning, making sure to remove any oil or grease stains that can prevent sealers from adhering properly.
Apply a high-quality concrete sealer to protect your surfaces from water penetration, which can lead to freeze-thaw damage. A penetrating sealer will provide the best protection against moisture absorption and salt chemical attack.
Inspect your concrete for any cracks or damage. Repair minor cracks with a crack filler or hire a professional for more significant damage. Addressing these issues before winter will prevent further deterioration.
Snow and Ice Removal:
Avoid using de-icing salts on your concrete surfaces as they can cause scaling and spalling. Instead, use sand for traction or a snowblower to clear snow. If you must use de-icers, choose products safe for concrete.
Regular maintenance, such as sweeping, cleaning, and re-sealing, is essential to prolong the lifespan of your concrete surfaces and maintain their appearance.
In conclusion, taking the time to prepare your concrete surfaces for winter will protect your investment and ensure your outdoor spaces remain functional and aesthetically pleasing despite the harsh weather conditions.
Get a head start on the winter season by contacting Almand Bros today! We’ll come out and provide you with a free quote for your concrete project.