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Caring for Your Decorative Concrete During Winter

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Make sure you protect your decorative concrete features this winter.

It’s starting to get cold again, and winter can really wreak havoc on decorative concrete. Besides the weather itself being a hazard, harsh chemical de-icers can actually damage concrete and landscaping details. If your business features beautiful decorative concrete, it’s important that you take steps to protect your investment. Here are a few tips for caring for your decorative concrete this winter.

  • Sweep and wash off the surface of your decorative concrete on a weekly basis. Although concrete sealers will usually help prevent stains, it’s still a good idea to do a regular clean-up in order to prevent dirt from accumulating.
  • If you can, avoid using de-icing salts on decorative concrete during an ice or snow storm, especially if your concrete was only recently installed. The de-icer itself is not necessarily detrimental to decorative concrete, but combined with melted ice it can get in and around the sealer. As the water continues to expand and contract from freezing/unfreezing it will damage your concrete.
  • Seal and reseal decorative concrete on a regular basis. If your decorative concrete hasn’t been resealed in a few years, now might be the time. Not only will this help maintain the look of your concrete, but it will prevent damage from salt, ice and other outdoor elements.
  • Shovel snow off decorative concrete as quickly as possible. As mentioned before, concrete can be damaged by water that’s continually left to thaw and refreeze on your concrete. Shoveling snow off will help ensure that your concrete stays in good shape for as long as possible. Plus, clearing the area will make it easier and safer to access your business.

Masonry Repair and Restoration from Del Prete Masonry

For all of your questions regarding masonry repair and restoration, feel free to contact Del Prete Masonry. Our masonry restoration professionals have the experience and history of satisfied clients to prove that we’ll get the job done right, and cost-effectively. To get started with your masonry restoration project, please contact our office today at 410-683-0650 or email us at mike@delpretemasonry.com. We serve Baltimore City, County, Harford County, Carroll County, Anne Arundel County, and Howard County.

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