Decorative concrete can be a beautiful feature for your home or business year-round, but winter can bring some challenges. The inclement weather as well as the harsh chemicals in de-icers like road salt can potentially damage your decorative concrete. Here are some care tips to help your decorative concrete survive the winter and continue to look great throughout the year.
Keep it Clean
The best way to prevent winter damage is by keeping the surface of your decorative concrete as clean as possible. By sweeping and washing your decorative concrete on a weekly, you will help maintain it. When it comes to snow, try to shovel it off of the concrete as soon as possible. Otherwise, too much snow accumulation could cause water damage.
Concrete sealers are a little bit of insurance against winter damage. Keep in mind that you can’t set it and forget it with sealers, but you will need to apply them regularly. Also, concrete sealers can protect from ice and salt damage to a degree, but they won’t prevent stains, so it is still important to keep your decorative concrete clean.
The best way to prevent damage to your decorative concrete is to avoid salting it. Sidewalk salt is important for preventing ice from forming and in adding traction to prevent slipping. If your decorative concrete is in a common walkway, then you might need to salt it a little bit for safety. However, by regularly shoveling off the snow, it will prevent the snow from solidifying into ice, which means that you might not need as much salt.
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