My husband spent about four hours clearing snow from the sidewalks and driveway last night. He’s kind of a freak about it. But, he says, it’s important to take care of the underlying concrete to prevent cracks and deterioration as well as the shifting and sinking of the blocks causing an uneven path.
I suppose he’s right; the kids and I appreciate the smooth surface in the summertime as we spend about 80% of our time skating, biking and dribbling basketballs on them.
A few hours of work now could save homeowners hundreds of dollars – or more – in costly concrete repairs come spring.
Freezing rain, ice, snow and deicers, as well as freeze/thaw temperature cycles have the potential to wreak havoc on concrete surfaces if left unchecked. Not only does the saturation and freezing of concrete surfaces accelerate crack expansion and surface deterioration, but the spreading of deicing salts also causes severe damage to the aesthetic and structural integrity of unprotected concrete.
Precautionary measures such as repairing and sealing cracks and damaged concrete surfaces are cost-effective solutions homeowners can do themselves to prevent expensive replacement projects in the future.
Waterproofing sealers offer a reliable, durable finish for a variety of surfaces, including concrete, masonry, stucco and brick. Sealers, such as Quikrete Acrylic Concrete Cure & Seal – Satin Finish, offer a highly water resistant coating that protects the surface from cold weather freeze and thaw cycles – a common cause of surface cracking and spalling over time.
If properly maintained, concrete can last generations. The repair and maintenance is easy if you know what to look for and use the right products.