Prevent Winter Concrete Damage in 3 Steps

Feb 22, 2021

While Georgia does not typically get frightful winter weather, we do experience drops in temperature that go below or hover around freezing for days and weeks at a time. It is important to take precautions to your concrete areas so they last for years to come. One major area where winter concrete damage occurs is to concrete patio areas. These areas are much smaller than driveways, and damage is more likely to occur in winter. Concrete patio designs can withstand a great amount of wear and tear, but as temperatures drop, the integrity and beauty of your patio can become compromised.

3 Steps of Basic Winter Concrete Care

Homeowners have a lot of responsibility when it comes to home maintenance. Yet, as Benjamin Franklin is famous for saying, “An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.” Here are 3 simple steps you can take to prevent and repair winter concrete damage.

  1. Inspect your patio. If you can get ahead of a problem, you can often prevent major issues from occurring. Inspecting your patio’s concrete surface is the easiest thing you can do. Simply walk around and look for signs of chipping or peeling, fine lines or hairline cracks, or larger cracks in the concrete. If you notice issues, contact a concrete repair professional.
  2. Get on a regular resealing schedule. Sealing your concrete regularly helps prevent issues like peeling and cracking. Concrete sealing makes your concrete more resistant to weather exposure. Sealing should be done on a maintenance schedule to prevent erosion from high traffic and water damage. It is far more cost-effective to maintain your concrete patio areas with regular sealing than it is to repair, restore, or replace concrete that has water damage.
  3. Prevent ice damage. A patio that freezes over completely or in certain spots causes problems to the concrete. Ice is frozen water, and water can damage concrete over time. Applying salt is not the best solution for de-icing your concrete. Salt can erode the concrete and cause corrosion in the rebar in your patio. Preventing ice damage is a better solution. If there are areas where water collects on your patio, address these areas. Gutter runoff is a common cause of water collecting on patio areas. If it does snow, make sure you shovel off the snow before it hardens into ice.

At MD Residential, we are concrete experts. We strive to provide exceptional customer service and quality work to every job we do. If you need proper concrete maintenance or repair, contact us today. We offer free estimates and consultations!

Posted on behalf of MD Residential LLC