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How to Make Your Concrete Last Longer

Concrete is a durable and versatile material, commonly used for driveways, sidewalks, patios and more. However, like any construction material, it requires proper care to ensure optimized longevity. By implementing certain practices, you can significantly extend the lifespan of your concrete surfaces. Here are some simple tips to make your concrete surface last longer.

7 Tips to Expand Your Concrete's Lifespan

How to make your concrete last longer

Allow Proper Curing Time: After concrete installation, patience is crucial. Wait at least 36 hours before walking on new concrete, and give it a full 7 days before driving vehicles on it. This allows the concrete to attain its maximum strength and durability.

Manage Water Drainage: Proper water drainage is essential to prevent water accumulation around concrete slabs. Ensure water is directed away from the concrete surfaces, as standing water leads to cracks and erosion over time.

Winter Maintenance: During winter, act swiftly to clear snow and ice from your concrete surfaces. The freeze-thaw cycle causes damage as water seeps into cracks, freezes and expands. Prompt removal of snow and ice helps prevent this cycle.

Choose the Right Deicing Agents: Avoid using rock salt and deicers containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate. Ammonium sulfate and nitrate contribute to concrete deterioration. Instead, use sand for traction on icy surfaces.

Regular Cleaning: Perform routine cleaning at least once a year. Use a mild detergent and a soft brush to remove dirt, stains and debris from the surface. Grime buildup degrades the concrete over time.

Apply Sealers or Coatings: Applying a concrete sealer or epoxy coating provides an extra layer of protection. Sealers create a barrier against moisture, chemicals and stains, enhancing the concrete's longevity.

Prevent Moisture Trapping: Items like flower pots, doormats or furniture trap moisture against the concrete surface, leading to prolonged dampness. Make sure moisture-trapping objects are elevated or relocated periodically to allow the concrete to dry.

See more concrete maintenance tips or check out our full section of concrete resources.


Importance of Proper Concrete Maintenance

Proper maintenance isn't just about aesthetics; it's essential for preserving the structural integrity of your concrete surfaces. Cracks, erosion and surface degradation compromise the durability of the material. Neglected concrete not only looks unsightly but becomes a safety hazard over time. By following a regular maintenance routine, you enhance the visual appeal of your property and protect your investment by extending the life of your concrete.

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Dornbrook Construction offers installation, repair and replacement for industrial, commercial and residential concrete surfaces. Our concrete services are tailored to meet your specific needs, and we ensure the longevity of your concrete structures with proper installation. Whether you're considering a new concrete driveway, patio or sidewalk, Dornbrook Construction has the expertise to execute the project with precision. Contact Dornbrook today to experience Southeast Wisconsin’s best in concrete installation and repair.

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