Tips for Maintaining Your Concrete This Summer

June 9, 2021

Increased temperatures could cause cracks, crumbling and other damage to your concrete surfaces. Make sure your concrete lasts long by providing it with proper care this summer. Proper summer maintenance for concrete surfaces includes routine cleaning and sealing. It’s also important to repair any cracks as soon as you spot them. Follow these and the other concrete maintenance tips listed below to help ensure your concrete surface lasts for a long time.

Clean it

Providing your concrete surfaces with routine cleaning will help prevent dirt buildup and the growth of mold. Simply sweep your concrete surface once every few days to remove dirt and debris. If you notice stains, remove them as quickly as possible with a brush and mild soap. Set-in stains may require pressure washing.

Keeping your concrete clean is important for many reasons. Dirty concrete surfaces provide the perfect breeding ground for mold and mildew, which are both terrible for your health. Bacteria can also grow quickly on concrete surfaces that haven’t been properly cleaned. These bacteria will break down your concrete over time and cause cracks.

Seal it

Sealing your concrete is a great way to protect it from weather, dirt buildup and more. Let your concrete completely dry before applying a sealant. It’s usually recommended that you apply several coats of sealant, but always check with a local concrete professional for the best advice. Seal your concrete once every two years or so to ensure it’s properly protected.

Be sure to do plenty of research on concrete sealants before applying one to your surface. There are several different types of sealants, and finding the right one for your surface can seem difficult. That’s why it’s always best to work with a local concrete contractor.

Repair cracks and crumbling

Cracks can worsen in the summer. Repairing small cracks as soon as possible is the best way of preventing large cracks from forming. It’s easy to fix smaller cracks in concrete if you have some experience, but most people prefer to have a professional take care of repairs.

Larger cracks are often much more expensive to repair and may leave you unable to park on your concrete surface for a few days. Don’t let your cracks worsen due to high temperatures—contact a professional right away.

Schedule an inspection

If you’re worried about your concrete, don’t hesitate to call in a professional. An expert in concrete services will have the right knowledge and experience to diagnose and repair any issues. Having a professional check your concrete surface from time to time could help save you plenty of money in the long run.

It’s easy to prepare your concrete for the summer heat, but you’ll have to stay vigilant. Start a solid cleaning routine to prevent the growth of mold, mildew and bacteria. Be sure to also keep track of the last time you had your concrete surface sealed. If your concrete hasn’t been sealed in a while, it might be time for another layer.

If you’re in need of concrete maintenance or repairs or tips on summer concrete care, contact Langenfeld Masonry & Concrete today.

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