The concrete company has finished work, all the proper fees are paid, and you’re left to fully enjoy your new concrete patio. What a rush! If you hired Creative Concrete as your concrete contractor, the brand new feature to your home probably looks amazing.
Of course, your new purchase of a work of stamped concrete art was an investment; you’re no doubt aware of that fact. You also want to keep it looking sharp and pristine for years to come. The good news is that concrete patios can be incredibly long lasting with the proper care and maintenance. What does that entail? Creative Concrete, a residential concrete contractor, explains below.
Treat Concrete Well and it Will Return the Favor
Concrete products, like almost all investments we take on in life, won’t look or perform its best if they aren’t taken care of. Concrete patios are often exposed to high degrees of foot traffic, as well as left to weather the elements year-round. Not to mention that concrete patios, in the warmer months, often find themselves under siege from weeds that push up from underneath them, weakening their structural integrity.
You can trust that concrete patios from Creative Concrete are made tough and built to last. However, you can help yours look its best as time passes by:
● Sealing it periodically. Your concrete patio probably was given a protective coating when it was first constructed to save it from the wrath of the sun and rain. However, this coating doesn’t last forever, and a worn-out concrete sealing job is a recipe for cracks and stains. Talk to your concrete contractor and get their recommendation for how often you should reseal your concrete; they’ll be able to offer individualized advice.
● Keeping standing water off of your patio. Standing water anywhere poses more problems than you might think. If left long enough, it can degrade the structural integrity of your concrete patio, which leaves it vulnerable to cracking in some cases. Though, since you can’t control the snow, do your best to remove any snow left during freezing temperatures.
● Take steps to minimize scraping. Of course, concrete is tough; there’s a reason you chose it as the perfect material for your patio, after all. However, like any material, the protective coating is vulnerable to scraping. Use only plastic tipped shovels to remove snow off your stamped concrete patio. Also, put protective caps or glides on patio furniture to minimize damage.
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At Creative Concrete, we take pride in our talented team of designers and would love to share our passion for concrete with you. Give our New Brighton office a call today at 612-414-7932.