Winterize Your Concrete!

After spending valuable time and money on your new decorative concrete, it is important to protect it from the harsh conditions from our Minnesota winters. Here are some tips to care for your concrete throughout the winter season even after you've sealed it!

Tips to Keep In Mind...

  • Avoid using de-icing chemicals such as salt to remove any snow or slick ice during the winter. Instead, try using sand for traction.
  • Regularly clear snow from your concrete surfaces. Avoid using metal blades which could cause damage, plastic shovels are recommended.
  • Re-apply sealer every 1-3 years depending on the condition of your concrete.
  • If you use a plow surface, mention to them you have new concrete to help deter plow marks.

Preparing for Winter

Before the winter weather officially sets in, the most efficient way to protect your concrete is to have it cleaned and sealed during the summer and fall months.

Doing so helps your concrete withstand the LONG harsh MN weather conditions while removing stains during the process.

Keep Up with Shoveling

It is important to make it a priority to keep your concrete surfaces clear due to the freezing and thawing process.

If you don’t remove the snow and ice from your concrete as soon as possible, you run the risk of implementing hairline cracks in your concrete.

Your concrete is more susceptible if it hasn’t already been sealed before the winter months.

Replace Your Salt and Harsh Chemicals with Sand

Although salt seems like a simple and effective solution to removing ice from your concrete, it does cause damage.

Once the chemicals melt through the ice and snow, they will also penetrate the surface of your concrete.

A great alternative to using salt is applying sand as a form of traction.