Fun Fact: Concrete is not a solid substance, or you could say it is not “concrete.” Concrete is porous, it has tiny holes throughout the material.
As the leaves start to fall and accumulate on concrete surfaces such as sidewalks, patios, driveways, etc. you may notice slight stains which occur due to organic pigments that give leaves and pine cones their color. Those pigments get embedded in the micro-pores of the concrete and leave stains. In order to prevent such stains, make sure to clean leaves off of your concrete and use a pressure washer to keep the surfaces looking fresh.
Let it snow!
With the upcoming winter season comes winter concrete maintenance. Ice and snow can increase the chances of premature deterioration to your concrete. Additional moisture during freeze & thaw cycles is what affects the top layer of concrete. Make sure to use a plastic shovel after each snowfall and a squeegee to remove slush from inside your garage.
The use of any de-icing salts or chemicals, or the addition of road salts from your vehicle can increase the amount of freeze & thaw cycles and increase the chances of deterioration on your concrete. We recommend using non-clumping kitty litter or sand to improve traction if ice does form on your concrete.
Concrete is a porous material like tile, brick or other stone material that needs to be protected from the elements. Sealing your concrete not only protects the surface, but also brightens the look of the concrete and blocks it from UV rays that can cause fading. Sealer will also protect concrete during freeze & thaw cycles in upcoming cold months. You can do this job yourself, carefully following the instructions on the sealing product, or if you prefer to have sealing done professionally contact us to book an appointment.