Winter Care for Your Decorative Concrete
After spending valuable time and money on your new decorative concrete, it’s important to protect it from the harsh conditions of our Minnesota winters. Here are some tips to care for your concrete throughout the winter season:
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, make sure to mention that you have new concrete in order 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. This stands for all types of concrete, including the Concrete brick edging that many people have around the edges of their concrete design.
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 causing hairline cracks in your concrete. Your concrete is more susceptible if it hasn’t already been sealed before winter begins.
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.
Clean and Re-Seal Your Concrete as Needed
One of the best methods of caring for your concrete is having a professional service clean and seal it. Dependent on the intensity and length of the harsh weather conditions, you should be frequently sealing your concrete. Generally, we recommend resealing your concrete surfaces about every 2-3 years, especially if imperfections start to show.
It is important to remember that during the first couple of years of having your concrete, following the tips listed above is critical. The newer the concrete, the more caution you should take when it comes to caring for your concrete. By preparing for the winter weather ahead of time, avoiding the use of salt and chemicals while keeping your surfaces clear, your concrete will be protected.