Concrete Repairs and Maintenance
Although relatively easy to maintain, concrete does have a tendency to chip or crack if not cared for properly. Cousino Concrete specializes in repairing and resealing damaged concrete, whether from traffic, weather or old age. We are the Toledo area experts in concrete repair, resealing and recoloring, and can make any patio or concrete surface look new again.
Care and Concrete Maintenance
Cousino Concrete seals all our concrete to prevent staining and help protect from weather and the elements. Without professional sealing, concrete tends to absorb stains and crack more easily. Regular concrete resealing will also help extend the life and durability of your patio and concrete surfaces, and should be an annual priority for all home owners.
Clean and Reseal Concrete Regularly
Cleaning and resealing stamped and colored concrete should be done on a regular basis, just like any other home maintenance. The frequency depends on traffic in the area, exposure to water, and any chemicals the concrete is exposed to. The concrete experts at Cousino recommend resealing every 2 or 3 years. Any longer than that, and you may notice the color begin fade noticeably. Just like waxing a car, reseal your stamped concrete regularly and the color will be as vibrant as the day it was installed. If colored concrete fades there are ways to renew its color, but keeping it sealed is always your concrete's best defense.
Avoid Using Chemicals on Concrete
We encourage all our customers to avoid using deicing chemicals for snow and ice removal during winter. Sand is recommended to help with traction and to keep ice from building up. Never apply deicers containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate, as these chemicals aggressively deteriorate concrete surfaces. Your concrete patios and sidewalks can show noticeable wear after even one application. Also important to remember that rock salt eats away at all types of masonry installations, especially concrete.
If you notice that your concrete is beginning to deteriorate or shows signs of fading after winter, do not hesitate to call Cousino's concrete resealers immediately. The longer concrete is allowed to stay damaged, the more difficult it becomes to restore to its original color.
Maintenance Program Summary
- Keep decorative and colored concrete surfaces sealed regularly
- Only use sand to melt snow (Avoid dry ice, rock salt and deicing chemicals)
- Keep plows and slow blowers at least 1/2 inch above the concrete surface
- Clean off spilled petrochemicals immediately
- Allow thinners to stand. Do not wipe off, allow the thinner to evaporate naturally
- Call Cousino Concrete repair and resealers at the first sign of cracks, erosion or fading in your concrete surfaces.