As the warmth and beauty of summer passes away, spending time outside on your patio is probably one of the furthest things from your mind. However, if you have a concrete patio, this doesn't mean you get to ignore it. Concrete patios require that you make a commitment to maintenance all year long, as everyday use and harsh weather elements can easily cause issues. Make sure you know what to do.
Keep It Clean
Concrete is a highly durable material, but this doesn't mean it's invincible. Keeping your concrete clean is especially important if you want to prevent damage and keep it looking good. There are a number of everyday household items that can actually cause damage to your concrete. Take a plant that has tipped over on the concrete. If the plant was potted with a calcium-absorptive acidic soil, prolonged contact with the concrete can actually cause it to deteriorate and develop weak areas.
Unfortunately, once this degradation begins, it can't be reversed. Making an effort to clean your concrete patio won't just help you prevent deterioration, but it will also prevent stains from setting in and making the concrete look dirty. Sweep your concrete regularly and power wash it at least a couple of times a year.
Remember To Reseal
Hopefully, when you first had your concrete patio installed, you had a professional sealcoat installed. If you did, great. However, make sure you understand that this is not a one-time type of maintenance service. An essential part of maintaining your concrete involves having it resealed periodically. Sealcoating helps protect against stains, cracking and sun damage. Exactly how often you need to have the sealcoat applied has a lot to do with your usage.
If you use your patio quite often, you might need to have it resealed sooner than someone who doesn't use their patio often, but a good average is somewhere around every 3 years. It's also important to mention that although there are a number of at-home seal kits available, it's best to rely on a professional. A professional won't just be able to recommend the best type of seal for your patio, but also ensure an even and correct application.
In addition to your efforts, make sure you call on a concrete repair specialist whenever your concrete starts showing signs of cracking or any other damage. In some instances, the faster you have the issue repaired, the lesser the damage and lower the cost.
For more information, contact Mara Restoration, Inc. or a similar company.