As professional concrete pavers in Colorado Springs, we are happy to give some advice to people seeking guidance with their concrete needs. Here are a few helpful tips:It's not a question of "set it and forget it"A little tender, loving care will make your concrete last a long, long time. Even concrete needs a little love!
It's not a question of "set it and forget it"
When you're talking concrete! Weather, chemicals, tempature changes and just plain neglect can damage concrete surfaces, sometimes beyond repair. Yet, just a very little TLC can prevent this damage and keep your walks, driveways and other surfaces as good as new. So watch for the Concrete Culprits and take the necessary precautions...you'll be glad you did!
The Chemical Culprit:
De-icers help old C.C. do his dirty work. They often contain salt or calcium chloride. These shouldn't be used under any circumstances the first winter after your concrete has been in place. Never apply de-icers containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate.
The Lawn Lizard:
Those marvelous chemicals that are so effective against weeds and insects which ravage your lawn, can wreak havoc with your concrete. Many of them will chew right into the top surface. Once you've passed the spreader around check your walks and driveways. If any chemicals seem to have landed there, wash them off promptly with the garden hose. Frequently, depending upon the chemicals you may use, rust spots will appear to alert you as to where you may have missed the lawn and hit the concrete. Though chemicals can be highly effective in controlling or eliminating harmful bugs and weeds, concrete can handle the weeds without help, so no extra chemistry is needed there!
The Freeze/Thaw Monster:
Colorado weather, famous across this land, is a concrete killer. As concrete pavers in Colorado Springs, we’ve seen it all. With warm sunny days followed by sub-zero nights, a daily temperature fluctuation of at least twenty degrees, and a continual freeze/thaw cycle, concrete is hard put to survive the expansion/contraction that is a natural result of our climate. Coloradoans, above all, need to give their concrete a lot of TLC. The results are well worth the effort! Here are three fundamental rules to follow:
No one expects the property owner to be an expert with concrete. That's why we're here to help, advise or treat your pavements. So rely upon our experts to help you in any way possible, whether your surfaces need, repair or replacement. If a problem occurs, let us know in the beginning. Often we can prevent the damage from growing worse. You know what they say about "an ounce of prevention". So feel free to give us a call. As concrete pavers in Colorado Springs, we're here to help. Years of experience working with concrete have taught us how to handle any problem. We're at your service!
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