Summer Concrete Care Tips
June 9, 2017
Want to keep your concrete looking brand new? Lucky for you, you can. Concrete is one of the most durable and effective materials, but it is susceptible to cracking and fading during harsh conditions like extreme summer temperatures. The good news is that you can pro-long the lifespan of your concrete by taking care of it with these easy maintenance tips.
Concrete shrinks and expands with changes in temperature and moisture. During the summer months, concrete tends to expand as the temperature rises during the daytime and reverts back to the normal size as it cools, causing cracks.
Whether you are worried about the concrete on your patio, sidewalk, or driveway the maintenance is virtually the same. The main difference to consider is the amount of traffic the area in question gets. Higher traffic areas will need to be treated to some TLC more regularly than low-traffic areas.
Cleaning and sealing
Cleaning and sealing are the two best things you can do to maintain your concrete. It’s best to purchase sealer from concrete suppliers, or hardware stores, and follow the instructions on the product.
Cleaning- first rinse the surface with a hose or pressure washer, then you can apply a bit of soap and scrub the dirt off with a brush/broom, thoroughly rinse all of the soap off, and be sure to wait for the surface to dry completely before applying any treatments.
You can apply sealer once the concrete has dried completely. You should apply sealer when the temperature is between approximately 55-90 degrees (typically the early morning or late evening during the summer months). After the first coat has dried, feel free to apply a second coat if desired. Typically, it’s a good rule of thumb to reseal concrete every two years, or once you begin to see signs of wear and tear.
Sealant helps prevent stains, but you should still be cleaning the spots as soon as they appear. Regularly “hose off” the concrete for basic cleaning. Once a year, you should clean the surface using a concrete cleaner.
Concrete can fade due to harsh sun conditions during the summer months. While sealant helps, it’s not a bad idea to put up an awning, or use outdoor rugs in areas that are in direct sunlight during extreme temperatures. Rugs can be used for a sense of design and comfort as well, so if you go this route there are plenty of options to fit your style.
Concrete professionals can repair cracks effectively by sealing and using other advanced techniques. If you have questions, the best bet is to contact a professional for further advice and options.