Concrete is a popular flooring option for its durability and low maintenance requirements. However, no matter how long-lasting it is, concrete flooring is not maintenance-free. As an investment that is exposed to the elements, there is good in knowing how to prevent damage to it. With proper sealing and concrete maintenance, your concrete flooring can last for years to come with little sign of wear and tear. Here are some ways to help you maintain your outdoor, or indoor, concrete.
Stay on Top of Basic Maintenance
Basic maintenance consists of regular cleaning and removal of dirt, grime, and stains using a pressure washer. Be sure to immediately clean off oils, gasoline, chemicals, and debris so that they do not stain your concrete. Pressure washing and cleaning chemicals can remove most stains. Also keep an eye out for weeds; removing weeds as soon as possible can protect your concrete from cracking as the weeds expand.
Check for Cracks and Deal with Them
Be mindful of cracks on your concrete walls, foundation, floors, and slabs. Discovering cracks early on is important as it is cheaper and more likely to be repaired if caught at an early stage. If the crack is as wide as the size of a nickel, then it is time to call the professionals at Artistic Concrete Designs.
Be Careful with What You Expose Your Concrete To
It can be tempting to grab the first cleaning chemical to use on your concrete, but some chemicals are harmful to your concrete flooring. Products which contain ammonium nitrates and ammonium sulphates are especially dangerous because they break down concrete. Avoid using deicers and salt during the first year of your concrete installation as it is vulnerable to the harmful affects of salt. If you are in a cold environment, consider sand for traction support.
Protect Your Concrete with Powerful Sealers
Sealing your concrete flooring will protect it from water, dust, abrasion, UV rays, chemicals, and pressure. Artistic Concrete Designs has a wide variety of sealer options that increase your flooring’s durability and can also enhance its aesthetics with decorative designs and colors. The type of sealer you should use will depend on the location of your concrete and your local environment and climate. The professionals at Artistic Concrete Designs can help you choose the sealer that is best for your concrete.
Re-Seal Your Concrete
Concrete sealers are temporary just as most things in life. Therefore, it is crucial to refresh and renew your seal once every two years to maintain its efficacy. These sealers can save you money in the long-term by saving you from constant cleaning as they block against moisture, stains, and impact.
Consult with An Expert
An expert that has years of experience handling concrete can detect and diagnose issues that the average eye may not notice. Call Artistic Concrete Designs to have an expert inspect your property and warn you of any potential issues before they become problems. Remember, an ounce of prevention is worth more than a pound of cure. Our friendly representatives are more than happy to help.