A concrete pad installed into your yard provides you with a durable surface for your needs and also improves upon and increases your home's value. But when you install a concrete pad, make sure you follow up its installation with the right care and treatments to improve its stability, durability, and appearance. Here are some treatments tips for your concrete.
Have you ever wondered why sidewalks have been cut with regularly spaced joints along its surface? These cuts are made in sidewalks, patios, and other concrete slabs to prevent their being damaged from regular occurring shrinkage and cracking that will naturally happen in concrete. So, when the cuts are made into the concrete, it is to keep the concrete strong in all the right areas by creating gaps where the concrete will naturally expand and contract.
Whether you pour your own concrete pad or hire a professional to complete it, the concrete should have strategic cuts made through its surface in a regular pattern. Talk to your concrete professional about this treatment, as you can request they complete a decorative cut pattern in your concrete to give your concrete the look of separate stone blocks set into the ground.
The cuts within the concrete need to be made at the precise time when the concrete has cured enough that its aggregate is stable but before it dries out too much and begins to crack on its own. This natural cracking in the concrete can cause to stress fractures the reduce the strength of your concrete. So, depending on the outside temperature and weather, your concrete cutting professional will make precise cuts into the concrete within several hours of when the concrete was poured.
Once your concrete has fully cured, you can seal it with a protective coating. A concrete sealant seals in the concrete's porous surface and prevents it from absorbing stains and other liquids that may drip upon it during its lifetime. You may already know that once a liquid or vehicle fluid saturates your concrete's surface, it can be difficult and often impossible to remove the stain. Fortunately, a concrete stain will seal and protect your concrete in addition to giving the concrete an attractive finish or even a subtle color.
You can also apply to your concrete a concrete stain along with the sealant to further improve its appearance. Talk to a local concrete professional or contractor about staining and sealing your concrete to prolong its life.