Prepare Your Concrete Driveway or Patio for the Hotter Months Ahead
If you have any concrete around your home, whether it is stamped or not, it’s important to make sure that it is being maintained all year round. Generally speaking, it’s easier to care for concrete during the summer than it is in winter but you should still know what to expect and what you should do to prepare for the heat that lies ahead.
While it’s still cold outside, make sure that you pay extra special care of your concrete so that it still looks great in summer. The first cycle for freezing and thawing is especially important so make sure that no de-icing products are used at this time. As well, remember to avoid using salt to melt the snow on your concrete since it can damage the concrete and the sealer on it.
In the Spring
When winter has left for good and spring has arrived, examine your driveway to look for cracks. While cracks can occur at any time, spring is a good time to make sure that the freeze-thaw cycle didn’t leave behind any damage. If all is well, it’s time to reseal the concrete surface if it hasn’t been done in the last 3 years. Look for a sealer that is naturally penetrating since it behaves and looks like a natural stone.
Make sure that the sealer is applied before the hot weather comes and it is still only warm outside. The concrete must be dry and check the weather report. You’ll want to be sure that there is no rain forecast for the next couple of days to give the sealer enough time to dry.
If you have any questions about caring for your concrete driveway or patio at this time of year, as we head into spring and summer, please get in touch with us through our website at www.egeinterlock.com. We’ll be happy to answer any questions you may have.