All You Need to Know About Winterizing Concrete Surfaces
Brace yourselves, folks: according to this year’s copy of the Old Farmer’s Almanac, winter will be a “season of shivers” for the ages. With cold temperatures and snowstorms inbound, you must prepare your concrete for winter wear and tear.
Advanced Construction Services offers garage concrete services, driveway concrete services, and more to prepare your home for the long winter. Read on to learn how we can help you winterize your concrete surface.
The Importance of Winterizing Concrete Surfaces
Before we dive in, we should explain why winterizing concrete surfaces is so important in the first place.
Unsealed concrete is susceptible to moisture. Naturally, as the world rains on your concrete, it absorbs water. While this water evaporates at higher temperatures, colder temperatures cause it to freeze and expand.
These problems only amplify if your concrete has pre-existing holes and cracks. Water will find its way down by whatever means possible, through even the smallest split in your concrete.
Once expanded, water will cause imbalance and cracks in your concrete, leading to even more problems down the line. To avoid this damage, all you need to do is take a few easy steps.
Level Your Concrete Slab
Uneven concrete adds extra space for water to seep in and cause additional damage. As such, make sure your concrete is level before winter.
We offer two services to level concrete, being Sandjacking™ and polyurethane foam lifting. Both services are efficient, inexpensive ways to level your garage or driveway. As a bonus, either leave your concrete ready to use as soon as we finish repairs.
Sandjacking™ uses dried limestone sand to fill the voids underneath your concrete. Limestone sand has a 2% moisture content, allowing for easy compaction underneath your concrete.
Polyurethane Foam Lifting
Polyurethane foam lifting substitutes sand for a solution pumped under your concrete as a liquid and solidified into the foam through exposure to heat. Using 40% renewable and recycled materials, polyurethane is both durable and sustainable.
Seal Cracks, Holes, and Other Damage to Concrete
As previously mentioned, holes and cracks are dangerously good at letting water under your concrete. To fix holes and cracks and prevent damage in the future, invest in a garage apron for your concrete.
Before applying a garage apron, our team makes sure your concrete is level. Then, we pour extra concrete to fill in all your gaps.
Our concrete also comes equipped with a curing sealer. The sealer protects your concrete from cracks and holes long-term, from harsh winter weather and beyond.
Winterize Your Concrete Surfaces Before It’s Too Late
Winterizing concrete surfaces is simple if you take the appropriate steps. Level your concrete, seal any blemishes on its surface, and you’ll be ready for the storm.