Concrete patios are an affordable and versatile way to make the most of your outdoor living space. Whether you are hosting family and friends outdoors or using it as a place to keep your container garden in the summer, there are countless ways you can enjoy a concrete patio. However, concrete has unique maintenance requirements to get the most longevity out of it. Here are some of the best ways that you can maintain your concrete patio.
Seal the Concrete
Concrete can be prone to staining depending on what is sitting on the surface, and one way to avoid staining is by sealing the surface of your concrete patio. A good quality sealant will be able to keep water out and also prevent unsightly stains. Working with a professional is the best way to ensure that you are using high-quality sealants that will stand the test of time.
Keep It Clean
In general, it’s a good idea to sweep your concrete patio regularly. If you notice yard debris or leaves on the surface, sweeping them away quickly will prevent them from starting to decompose or leaving behind stains. Additionally, once every couple of weeks, you should use your garden hose to clean off any stubborn debris, like bird poop.
Be Careful with Chemicals
There are many different chemicals that market themselves as safe for use on concrete, but the vast majority of them are not. Always speak with the company that installed and maintains your concrete before choosing a chemical cleaner. You should also be careful when placing de-icing salts and compounds out in the winter, as some of them can accelerate cracking in your concrete. It is much better to do your research than risk doing permanent damage to the surface of your concrete patio.
Trim Back Plants
The roots from trees and bushes in your yard can compromise the integrity of a concrete patio if they are not proactively dealt with. These roots can grow underneath the surface of the concrete and destabilize it, which leads to cracks and damage. Keep an eye on any plants that grow close to your concrete to avoid a nasty surprise.
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