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Sealing

Cleaning your concrete and keeping it sealed are the best measures you can take to keep it looking its best. How often you clean and reseal will depend on the weather conditions the concrete is exposed to and the amount of vehicle traffic it receives. We recommend resealing your concrete driveway every year with an acrylic sealer. Contour recommends sealing your new concrete this summer or fall season with an acrylic sealer before winter. The first winter is the hardest on new concrete and re-application of sealer will help protect your concrete. Good commercial sealers are available from concrete material suppliers.

Remove Stains Immediately

While a sealer will help to protect concrete from stain absorption, it's still a good idea to remove oil, gasoline, grease and other spills as soon as possible. Oil and other contaminants left unattended will eventually penetrate the sealer and stain your driveway.

Avoid Using De-Icing Chemicals

No salt should ever be used on your concrete. Never use de-icers, such products are known to aggressively attack concrete. De-icers primarily cause scaling and spalling by "force thawing" and refreezing of moisture within the concrete. We recommend sand for traction on icy sections of your concrete.

Popping can occur on driveways where vehicle traffic is most common. During the colder months, salt from vehicles drips onto the concrete and can cause damage. It is recommended that you shovel or sweep off your driveway often during these months. Again, sealing will help protect the concrete surface from this type of damage.

Care and Maintenance

Concrete is a very durable product but needs to be looked after. Below is a list of additional care practices:

  • Shovel your driveway after every snowfall. Ice and snow accumulation traps moisture and salt from tires and can deteriorate your concrete surface.
  • Wash and sweep your concrete several times in a year. Dirt and contaminants need to be removed from the concrete surface to avoid surface deterioration.
  • Remove standing water. Standing water on concrete causes the concrete to become over saturated. In the winter this additional moisture freezes. Freezing water can expand causing rock pops or scaling on the surface of your concrete.
  • Annually seal your concrete.