Client satisfaction is paramount with every project. This includes proper maintenance for a beautiful, long-lasting result. At the end of each decorative concrete installation, Joe Buonanno & Son Concrete provides a comprehensive maintenance guide with these important care tips:
- Once installed, the concrete slab must be cured for a minimum of two (2) days without foot traffic and seven (7) days without vehicle traffic.
- During the winter, only sand should be used for de-icing. The use of rock or any type of salt should be avoided as it will cause the decorative concrete to crack, peel, crumble and disintegrate.
- Sand is the only material to create a skid resistant concrete surface.
- Concrete should be resealed once every 3-4 years using a recommended commercial sealant. The frequency of such maintenance depends on several factors, including concrete grade, sunlight and foot or vehicle traffic.
- Oil and gasoline spills are best removed as soon as possible. This can be done with Simple Green.
- For snow removal, shovels without metal blades are recommended.
- Decorative concrete should be protected against landscape chemicals used to fight weeds and insects. A good first step is to pay attention to and avoid puddling on surfaces.