As we approach spring, it is the perfect time to start planning how to care for your residential concrete. Sometimes it’s easy for homeowners to overlook concrete care during spring maintenance.
Whether you have a concrete driveway, patio, fire feature, or other outdoor spaces, it is likely the winter season took its toll. Here are some tips that will help you maintain your concrete each year.
Why Perform Concrete Spring Maintenance?
The rise and fall in temperature during winter, along with rain and snow, can wear and tear concrete. In addition, the accumulation of snow and ice has the potential to penetrate pockmarks and small cracks on your concrete surface.
Ice is certainly an element that causes damage because of its natural expansion and contraction on the concrete surface.
As the spring season rolls around, it is a perfect time to inspect concrete surfaces for any damage such as gaps, cracks, and crumbling. Winter elements can create new damage or worsen existing issues.
When minor problems are unattended, they can worsen and cause concrete to experience severe distress. Thus, regular maintenance each spring that includes the repairs of any damage or potential issues is well worth it!
Besides, you’ll want your concrete to look as beautiful as it can be. Plus, by following a simple maintenance regimen, you’ll prolong the life of your concrete surfaces.
Begin by Cleaning All Surfaces Thoroughly
To start this simple spring cleaning project, clean all outdoor concrete surfaces. This includes sidewalks, driveways, pools, and anywhere in the outdoor spaces of your home where you’ve installed concrete.
Be sure to use a soft broom to sweep away any debris such as leaves and branches. This will allow you to do a close inspection of the condition of the concrete. Look closely for any alterations even if they seem insignificant.
Check for signs of algae growth, stains, mildew, moss growth, or mold. Although these occur naturally, they will alter the appearance of your concrete and can create dangerous slippery surfaces.
Be especially vigilant for moss growth as it can damage concrete causing cracking and crumbling. If you notice any of these stains or growths after sweeping, use a soft brush to scrub away accumulated compounds. When a gentle scrub is not enough, you’ll have to perform a deeper cleaning.
At We Do Concrete Cheap, we focus on keeping our customers’ concrete intact. We are here to assist you with your seasonal maintenance needs to prolong the life of your concrete and keep it looking beautiful all year.
Our clients like to check in with us each season so we can help them with the maintenance your concrete should have throughout the year. They prefer the quick service we provide and the assurance that the job is done at a professional-grade level. However, if you like DIY projects, our team is also available to answer all your questions!
Check For Damaged Areas
After a thorough cleaning, you’ll be ready to check the surface for its integrity. You may start to notice cracks or other damage. One important clue is to check for areas where water pools after the rain. This is an indication of some type of structural damage.
Another clue that indicates structural damage is weed growth. Check the whole surface for weeds and other types of growth breaking through the concrete. This is a sign of crumbling concrete that must be addressed immediately.
Some issues may not seem like a big deal, but if these red flags are ignored, it can lead to more significant damage in the long run. Not to mention unnecessary costs.
The best practice when you have concrete installations is to address any damage, even if minor, to avoid extensive repairs in the future.
Perform Repairs and Reseal Surfaces
Leaving cracks and other damage unattended can lead to tripping hazards and lowers the curb appeal of your home. It is best to do repairs sooner rather than later, so keep a vigilant eye on your driveway this spring!
After determining which areas need attention, all repairs can begin. If you’re not the DIY type or if you want to ensure the most quality work, you can leave this step to professional concrete experts that have the experience, knowledge, and tools to easily do the job.
To start repairs yourself, remove all weeds and other growths. Concrete paint can be used to repair small cracks. Larger cracks will require a sealer that needs to be allowed to dry for 24 hours for its full activation.
Seek the Help of Concrete Professionals
For the best concrete maintenance and repairs, it is recommended to call the experts. Our technicians at We Do Concrete Cheap perform seasonal maintenance for many of our clients. We ensure all of your concrete surfaces get the attention they need after a long winter. With specialized instruments and expertise, you can have peace of mind knowing your concrete surfaces are receiving the care required to keep them intact and long-lasting.
It is worth protecting your concrete investment! Concrete is a durable surface that will stay in great condition for decades. Of course, only when it is properly maintained. Regular seasonal maintenance is essential in increasing your concrete’s lifespan and protecting its beauty.
Your spring maintenance team at We Do Concrete Cheap have you covered for all your seasonal needs!
Call us at 919-454-3927 or fill out our online contact form to book your appointment.