Exterior Concrete: 3 Easy Tips to Prepare Your Surfaces for Winter

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Winter weather can be harsh for many exterior concrete surfaces, and proper maintenance can greatly extend its service life. That’s why ConcreteNetwork.com has come up with three helpful tips to prepare and protect concrete during this time.

Winter snow can be hard on concrete surfaces. Photo: Uponor

Harsh winter weather requires homeowners to properly prepare and maintain exterior concrete surfaces the will help hardscapes not only last longer, but continue looking like new. ConcreteNetwork.com has put together three simple tips for winterizing exterior concrete. Tips include detailed information on cleaning the surface, repairing minor cracks and sealing it.

From mild California winters to extreme North Dakota freezes, it’s important to properly maintain concrete driveways, patios and walkways to improve longevity and maintain appearance. This can easily be achieved by establishing a good maintenance program.

After months of exposure to foot or vehicle traffic and the environment, all concrete surfaces can use a good cleaning. The amount of cleaning needed will largely depend on the conditions the concrete is exposed to year around.

Although small cracks in concrete may not seem like a big deal, they can become more problematic if water or deicing salts are allowed to enter and freeze-thaw expansion occurs. There are several great products available for fixing minor cracks.

Lastly, a fresh coat of the right sealer will improve concrete's resistance to water, sun exposure, freezing temperatures and deicing salts. It will also make the concrete easier to clean the following year.

For more detailed information on the above tips and maintaining decorative concrete surfaces by type, visit ConcreteNework.com.

Established in 1999, The Concrete Network’s purpose is to educate consumers, builders, and contractors on popular decorative techniques and applications. These include stamped concrete, stained concrete floors, concrete countertops, polished concrete, and much more. Over 10 million people visit ConcreteNetwork.com per year to research, get ideas and to find a contractor.

The site excels at connecting buyers with local contractors in their area through its Find a Concrete Contractor service. The service provides visitors with a list of decorative concrete contractors throughout the U.S. and Canada, and is fully searchable by more than 20 types of decorative concrete work in over 200 regional areas throughout North America.

Photo courtesy of Uponor in Apple Valley, MN.

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