When is the best time of year to have concrete work done?
Spring, summer or early fall. Concrete can be installed any time the temperature is at least 32 degrees and rising. The earlier in the year the better to allow it to gain more time to cure and gain strength prior to the exposure of bad weather and what can come along with winter.
Can I use deicer on my concrete?
Salt or any type of deicer is not recommended on any type of concrete. If either of these are used, it is to be done so sparingly, waiting at least a year or more before applying to new concrete. However, please understand that by using these on concrete, regardless of the age, you run the risk of surface deterioration. Therefore, we strongly recommend using small cinders or kitty litter to help with traction in the winter.
What are the most common hazards to concrete?
The biggest hazards are deicers and salt. (see above question)
How long must I wait before I can walk or drive on my new concrete?
You can usually walk on your new concrete in 24-48 hours and drive on it within 4-7 day. However, when concrete is poured during colder temperatures (less than 55 degrees) we recommend a longer curing period before any type of use.
What is the best way to clean, protect and maintain my concrete?
For a broom finish, simply clean it as needed with a pressure washer and keep the tip of the pressure washer at least ten inches away from the concrete surface to avoid any damage. For stamped concrete, keep it cleaned as noted above and reseal every 2-5 years. Use plastic shovels for snow removal.
Will my concrete appear like the color shown in the color samples?
Color samples are meant to provide the customer with a good idea of what color the concrete will be but should never be expected to be an exact match. It is similar to matching paint samples. The color of the concrete will most likely be a shade or two lighter or darker. Concrete is sensitive to the environment and while we can assure the color will be a close match we cannot promise a perfect match.