When we started working on finishing our house, I realized we weren't going to be able to take care of the paving on our own. Instead of trying to haul in concrete and hope for the best, I hired a professional paving contractor to come out and help. They were incredible to work with. They listened carefully to our requests, and then they started laying the concrete and leveling the surface. Within a few hours, we had a driveway and front sidewalk that looked incredible. This blog is all about the benefits of working with paving contractors, and understanding the problems you might come up against if you do things on your own.
If you've recently had your driveway repaved with stamped concrete, you've got to practice extreme caution during the winter, especially if you live in an area that's experiencing severe winter weather right now. While stamped concrete is beautiful, it is more susceptible to winter damage, particularly when temperatures dip below freezing. To avoid winter damage to your stamped concrete this winter, here are four safety precautions you should follow.
Start the Winter with a Good Sealing
When you have stamped concrete, one of the most important things you can do is start each winter with an application of a good waterproof sealant. The sealant will lock out the moisture, and help prevent damage caused by the freezing/thawing cycle that's so common during the winter. To protect your stamped concrete winter after winter, you should apply fresh sealant annually. The best time for the initial application is during the fall, right before the weather turns brutal.
Clear the Snow Quickly
If you're dealing with snow, you've got to keep your concrete cleared. If you're like most people, you only clear the areas where you'll be experiencing foot traffic. Unfortunately, that's not good for your stamped concrete. To protect your concrete, you should clear the snow quickly. However, you should never use a metal snow shovel, as those can cause additional damage to your stamped concrete. Instead, use a plastic snow shovel, or a hand-held snow blower to clear away the snow.
Avoid Chemical Melting Agents
If you're experiencing a significant amount of ice this winter, you might be using the chemical melting agents. If you're using the chemical agents on your stamped concrete, you'll want to stop as soon as possible. Chemical de-icers can get inside the grooves in your concrete and destroy your stamping. Instead of using the harsh chemicals, switch to fine playground sand. Sprinkling the sand on your concrete will give you a firm slip-free surface that will provide traction for your cars, and for yourself. Best thing is, you can use sand without harming your concrete, or causing a health risk to your pets that might come in contact with it.
Inspect Whenever Possible
During the winter, you might not be able to get a good look at your concrete too often, especially if it's covered with snow. However, it's a good idea to give your stamped concrete an inspection whenever the weather does clear up for a few days. You'll want to look for chips, cracks or other damage that will require your immediate attention once spring arrives. For more information, contact a business such as Northern Asphalt LLC.Share
23 January 2018