How to Winterize the Concrete Surfaces Around Your Home 

Now that the outdoor temperatures are falling, it is quite likely that you are taking steps to protect your home. While this is an essential task, it is important to avoid forgetting about the components of your property that are on the outside of your home.

One of the main areas of interest in your winterization strategy is the concrete surrounding your home – be it sidewalks, patios, or driveways. While it is true that concrete is exceptionally durable, it is also true that damage may occur to concrete under the duress of ice, snow, and freezing temperatures. 

Highly Porous 

Many people do not realize it, but concrete is a substance that is highly porous. The only exception to this is if the concrete has been sealed. When outdoor temperatures fall to freezing or below, the moisture in the environment may freeze within the pores of the concrete.

As time progresses, the freezing moisture will ice over and start to expand. This will actually result in movements within the concrete that can result in pitted patches, cracks, and other types of damage. If cracks develop, it leaves room for additional moisture to freeze and expand – which could result in significant damage. 

Winterizing Concrete 

If you are in the process of getting your home winterized, it is time to winterize your concrete, too! The following steps will help ensure success in this endeavor:

  1. Repair – If the concrete around your home already displays signs of damage, you should repair those areas. If you observe cracks, you may seal them with a sealant. It must be a flexible type, though. You may patch holes, too. If you have extensive damage, schedule a professional to come in and repair the concrete before the freezing temperatures set in. 
  2. Seal – The next step to properly winterizing the concrete around your home is to have it sealed. This will prevent moisture from soaking into the pores of the concrete and causing damage once frozen and expansion occurs. You may purchase acrylic sealer for your concrete; however, it is best to have concrete professionally sealed. Professional concrete coatings will not only prevent the intrusion of moisture, but it will also help in ensuring that de-icing materials and other elements do not negatively impact the concrete. 
  3. Move and Protect – In some instances, you may have smaller-sized concrete items and structures around the home – such as stepping stones and bird baths. To winterize these items, simply move to a garage or other type of storage unit until the cold weather has passed. If you move something that holds water, be certain to drain the water and completely dry the product. 

Contact Us 

If you want professional assistance in winterizing the concrete around your home, contact us here at Concrete Coatings of the South. We can help in repairing concrete, sealing concrete, and other related tasks. We are highly reputable, licensed, and insured. By calling today, you can experience immediate peace of mind this winter: 706-249-4131