If you’ve installed a new concrete patio this year, you’ve certainly enjoyed mild spring afternoons, warm summer evenings, and even brisk fall nights sitting outside, breathing in the fresh air. When you had your patio installed, though, did you think about how harsh winter weather can be on concrete?
If you want to enjoy your patio for years to come – and you don’t want to see big, unsightly cracks or crumbling edges – you need to think about protecting it from the elements, especially freezing winter temperatures, ice, and snow. If you didn’t opt for a concrete coating or some other weatherproof sealer on your concrete, you might want to give your local Sundek contractor a call before the next big freeze.
Why Does Concrete Need to Be Winterized?
What happens if you don’t protect your concrete patio (or driveway) against winter weather? After the first snowfall, you may shovel off your patio, or you may just clear a path to get out the door and to your car. Whichever the case maybe, as the sun comes out and melts away the snow, water is left behind, and it seeps down into the pores of your concrete. Then, when the temperature drops again overnight, that water freezes and expands, sometimes causing cracks, spalling, pitting and damage.
This is especially problematic if you’ve chosen outdoor concrete paint or an unsealed concrete as the finish for your patio. As cracks in the concrete become worse, the paint colors of your beautiful patio floor will start to flake away, leaving the bare concrete exposed underneath. That’s just not an attractive look, especially when you spent hard-earned money on that beautiful concrete pad.
When Should You Reseal a Concrete Patio?
Now, you may be patting yourself on the back, remembering that you chose to spend a little bit of extra money on a quality concrete sealer for your patio. If your patio is just a year or two old, you probably have nothing to worry about. However, you might want to call your concrete contractor and ask about your sealer’s lifespan.
Even the highest quality coatings and other outdoor concrete sealers need to be reapplied every few years if you want them to keep working at their maximum capabilities. Furthermore, resealing your patio is not nearly as expensive as getting it completely resurfaced if it gets ruined during a harsh winter.
Maintaining Your Decorative Concrete Throughout Winter
Keeping your patio free of snow and ice as much as possible will help it maintain its attractive look.
Most importantly, talk to a qualified decorative concrete contractor about the steps you should take each winter to keep your patio looking new and beautiful, and always follow their advice when it comes time to reseal your concrete floors.