You’ve had a new slab poured or your current one lifted. Now how do you maintain that concrete? Luckily it’s pretty easy!

Concrete is one of the most durable construction materials but it still needs regular maintenance to extend its lifespan. Here are some simple tips:

  1. Seal your concrete.Alberta’s freeze-thaw climate  can make your concrete deteriorate much more quickly than in a place that doesn’t experience such a range of temperatures. Concrete should be sealed before its first winter, and every 2-3 years after that. There are several types of sealant, but acrylic is the most recommended. This not only prevents moisture seeping into it, but also surface staining.
  2. Clean your concrete regularly. You should clean the slab or driveway at least once per year (Spring is a great time for this!). Make sure to remove any dirt, salt and grime build-up using simple soap and water. Make sure to remove any fertilizer if your slab is beside a garden or lawn. If you see staining on your concrete, you can remove it with a pressure washer. However, avoid pressure washing over any cracks as this can make them worse.
  3. Be careful of what you use to melt ice. Most products used to melt ice will damage concrete and allow water to seep in. Things like rock salt are corrosive and dangerous to concrete, not to mention pets and plant life. Better options include calcium chloride and magnesium chloride.
  4. Avoid damaging your concrete through human error. If you’re shoveling snow, use a plastic shovel instead of a metal one that could cause chipping. Avoid dropping sharp objects or heavy things on it for the same reason.
  5. Repair any cracks you see immediately. Leaving them alone will only make them worse as water seeps in, plants take root, or voids start forming beneath the slab. We offer crack repair services; click here to learn more.

Just like with anything else on your property, concrete needs maintenance. Taking care of your concrete will keep it durable, strong, and looking its best for years to come.