Concrete has long been a favored material for home additions due to its durability and versatility. Whether it’s a patio, driveway, walkway, or other structures, proper maintenance is essential to ensure these concrete additions stand the test of time.
Keeping your concrete home additions clean is the first step to maintaining their longevity. Use a broom, leaf blower, or a gentle power washer to remove dirt, debris, and leaves from the surface. Regular cleaning not only enhances the appearance but also prevents the buildup of materials that could potentially cause damage over time.
Sealing for Protection
Applying a quality concrete sealer is a proactive measure that can significantly extend the life of your home additions. Sealers create a protective barrier that guards against moisture infiltration, freeze-thaw cycles, and potential staining from spills. Depending on the type of concrete and its usage, reapplication of the sealer might be required every few years.
Address Cracks Promptly
Cracks are inevitable in concrete but addressing them promptly can prevent further damage. Small cracks can be repaired with epoxy fillers or polymer-based sealants. However, larger cracks or those indicative of structural issues should be inspected by professionals to determine the appropriate repair methods.
Control Water Drainage
Proper water drainage is crucial to prevent pooling and erosion around your concrete home additions. Make sure that the surrounding landscape slopes away from the concrete surface to divert water. Install gutters and downspouts to direct rainwater away from these areas, reducing the risk of moisture-related damage.
Avoid Heavy Loads
While concrete is strong, excessive weight can still lead to cracks or uneven settling. Be mindful of heavy vehicles, machinery, or storage items placed on your concrete surfaces. Distribute weight evenly to minimize stress on the concrete.
At Bergen Mobile Concrete, we specialize in mobile concrete delivery for concrete projects. Contact us today at 201-797-7550 for more information on how we can get your concrete project started.