Concrete Care

concrete careIt’s important to practice correct care for your new concrete. Below are some tips to ensure strong and lasting concrete.

  • Do not drive on the driveway for at least 28 days.
  • To prevent settlement cracks, do not allow drain water to compromise the concrete slab.
  • Refrain from using any de-icing chemicals for snow and ice removal for the first winter season (salt or calcium chloride). Sand is recommended.
  • Never use de-icers containing fertilizer ingredients. Examples: ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate. 
  • Concrete should be protected from exposure of liquid fertilizer used for lawns.
  • Keep your concrete clean.
  • Even though concrete is one of the most durable building materials known, many different substances can discolor or damage the concrete if left for a period of time. Sweeping and rinsing with water is sufficient maintenance. Stubborn stains may require a higher-pressure rinse and detergent. 
  • Use care when plowing or shoveling your driveway. Avoid metal blades, as they may scrape or scratch the surface. Hose off accumulation of salt deposited from cars on the driveway.

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