Four Concrete Maintenance Tips for Summer

Although concrete is an incredibly durable material, temperature conditions and other elements of nature can create wear and tear over time. While most people think that only winter weather affects concrete driveways, patios or walkways, there are also some things to keep in mind when summer rolls around. With a little bit of effort on your end, you can prevent concrete driveways, walkways and other structures from degrading or cracking. Follow these four tips for concrete maintenance in summer.

Check for cracks

Before the weather gets too hot, check for cracks in your concrete. Even small cracks need attention from a local concrete paving company, so you should get a jump start before the summer weather kicks in. Filling the cracks is never a do-it-yourself job, and relying on the professionals will ensure a more permanent fix. This should always be the first step in summer concrete maintenance, since extreme heat can cause existing cracks to become an even bigger problem, impacting the condition of paved areas and resulting in greater expenses in the future.

Keep surfaces clean

You should regularly clean concrete driveways and patios to maintain their appearance and prevent stains. This could involve anything from cleaning to periodic pressure washing. If you want to be thorough about cleaning, you can apply some soap after an initial rinse and scrub the dirt off with a brush. If you’re planning on applying a surface treatment following a cleaning, be sure the entire area is completely dry first.

Apply a sealant

One of the best things you can do to protect concrete surfaces is apply a sealant. Apply sealer when the temperature is between 55 and 90 degrees Fahrenheit—try to do it in the early morning or late in the evening, when the temperature of the surface is coolest. Keep in mind that while sealant helps prevent stains, you should still be proactive about cleaning spots and stains as soon as they appear. Simply rinse the area with water or use a power washer in the case of stubborn stains, including oil spots. As a general rule, add a fresh layer of sealant every two to three years, depending on weather conditions and how much you use the area.

Consider shade options

Concrete responds to extreme temperatures in many ways, including cracking and fading. It’s smart to consider adding some shade options to preserve your surface. Dark concrete driveways or patios in particular absorb more heat than untreated ones, so plan ahead and have trees planted to shade your driveway or consider adding a shade sail over the area to protect it from the direct summer sun.

Since concrete responds to fluctuations in temperature, it’s just as important to stay on top of concrete maintenance in summer as it is in winter. It can extend the lifespan of your paved surfaces, keeping them attractive and free from damage. Get in touch with the team at Bri-Mic Construction, Inc. today to learn more about concrete maintenance practices for every season.