Concrete is great for many reasons; one of the main reasons is the fact that it's so durable. However, to get the most out of your concrete, you will need to take good care of it after it's first poured. By protecting your concrete as well as possible in the beginning, it will look its best and remain its most durable for the rest of its lifespan. Therefore, if you have recently had concrete poured on your property, it's smart to follow these tips to keep it well-protected.
1. Keep it Covered
If your concrete is still drying, or if it's really cold outside after your concrete is first poured, then it's a good idea to keep it covered with a concrete blanket until it is fully set. A concrete blanket will help keep it at an elevated temperature until it is able to fully set, and it will help encourage others to stay off of it until it's fully prepared for use.
2. Avoid Using De-Icing Chemicals
De-icing chemicals can be very effective at preventing ice and snow from building up on your newly poured concrete, but it's smart to avoid using these chemicals at first. Otherwise, they could wear down your new concrete. If you need to add a little bit of traction, try scattering sand on the concrete surface instead.
3. Avoid Excess Pressure in One Spot
You might be tempted to park in the same spot each day or to otherwise put pressure on one part of your concrete, but you should avoid doing so in the beginning. Instead, change up where you park or where you store heavy equipment each day. This will prevent from putting too much pressure on one area of your concrete slab or driveway.
4. Apply a Sealer
As soon as your concrete has completely dried, talk to your concrete pouring professional about applying a sealer on top. The sealer will help protect your new concrete surface from the elements and will prevent it from cracking, chipping and otherwise becoming damaged. You can also ask your concrete professional for tips about how often to have your concrete surface sealed for optimal results.
Taking good care of your concrete right after it is poured is important. Luckily, if you remember these four tips when using your new concrete, you should be able to give it a good start so that it can remain durable and attractive for a long time to come.Share
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