Now that winter approaches it is time to think about winterizing your home, vehicles and property. Winterizing the things you value will help keep them in top condition, weathering the cold and ice and wind. Winter can be incredibly hard on everything and everyone, but proper winterizing can help you stand up to the cold, harsh weather. You may know about winterizing your car or boat, preparing your yard and garden for the winter frost… but do you know what to do for concrete floors?
Caring for Concrete Floors
Concrete can actually present some serious problems during the winter months. Concrete is very durable and long-lasting, which is why we use it for foundations, floors, garages, driveways, sidewalks, and more. But concrete isn’t invulnerable, and damaged concrete can make for a difficult future. Cracks, crumbling, or warping will only continue to spread and further damage your concrete slabs.
The reasons winter is tougher on concrete floors are the precipitation and temperature swings. Winter usually means cold rains and heavy snows, especially in Utah. Concrete, unless sealed with high performance sealant, is still somewhat absorbent and porous. This means that water can seep into pores, or any cracks or broken spots. That alone isn’t the biggest problem, but when you pair it with freezing temperatures? Uh-oh.
Water expands when frozen, so it can further push apart cracks or breaks, and it can weaken concrete over time with constant expansion and melting. The most important part of concrete floor care is keeping water from saturating your concrete floors this winter, and avoiding the freezing-expansion. For outdoor concrete, you can’t do much other than try to remove snow and ice frequently and keep an eye out for cracks and breaks.
Indoors, be sure your concrete floors are properly insulated, and that any leaks or standing water are identified quickly and removed. Regular checks for damage to your concrete can prevent small issues from becoming large ones.
Sealing or staining your concrete can make a difference in the look, quality, and durability of your concrete. Epoxy coatings are popular for garages and basements as they can give your space an entire new look. Acid staining is also popular for indoor flooring or outdoor spaces like a back deck. Not only does a stain or coating make your concrete more interesting and beautiful, but it can also protect your concrete against water and freezing damage.
Call Hard Rock Concrete Coatings today for more information and to protect your concrete!