Preparing Your Concrete for Spring

Concrete in Spring

While Punxsutawney Phil recently predicted six more weeks of winter, many Oregon home and business owners are already starting to prepare for spring. While concrete surfaces are innately durable, they will last longer and stay in better shape if you take good care of them and properly maintain them. Here are a few things you should do to prolong the lifespan of your concrete surfaces this spring.

  • Pressure wash your concrete driveway or other surface.
    Many home and business owners apply some form of de-icer to their concrete in the winter months to help prevent people from slipping. It’s time to wash any de-icers or other particles away! These can cause corrosion over time, and that can lead to unsightly or damaged concrete, both of which can be expensive to repair or replace. Be sure to find a good concrete detergent and gently soak it into your concrete surface for 5-10 minutes prior to pressure washing it. This will help pull out even more of the grease and grime in your concrete.
  • Apply sealer to your concrete.
    Routinely sealing your concrete surfaces is maintenance akin to changing the oil in your vehicles. This can extend the life of your concrete by preventing cracking, staining, and other forms of abrasion. If you’re not comfortable sealing your own concrete, you can give your favorite Salem concrete company a call and they can handle it for you.
  • Thoroughly inspect your concrete.
    With another winter having come and gone, it’s time to check for any lifting, cracking, or other damage that the freeze-thaw cycles may have caused. Look for tough-to-remove stains too. If you have any doubt, it’s best to call your local concrete company to inspect your concrete and give you a free estimate on repairs or replacement if necessary. As with most things, the longer you go without repairing something that needs repaired, the more costly the inevitable repair bill will become down the road.

If you’re looking for a top-rated concrete company in Salem, give Slate & Slate Construction a call today for a free concrete estimate!