Constructing a concrete patio adds beauty, and improves overall curb appeal in your home. It helps you to have a great leisurely time with your friends, family or simply relaxing. For this purpose, it is important to maintain the lifespan of your concrete patio for its continuous performance.
Though concrete is a stronger product as compared to asphalt, it can develop wear and tear over due course of time. Proper maintenance not increases the longevity but also avoids major damages affecting the concrete patio.
Let us now look at how to maintain your concrete patio for improved longevity.
Concrete patios are prone to erosion. Erosion is a process by which the soil and the water are carried away to greater distances. This erosion can cause adverse damage to your concrete patios, even leading to breakage. Moreover, the concrete surface may develop crumbling along with small holes because of erosion.
You can use a garden hose or a pressure washer to clean your concrete patio. This will help you to remove all the dust, dirt, and foreign elements from the patio easily. You can even use liquid soap to clean the patio that will help to remove bird poops, spills easily.
A sealer is a great tool to prevent your concrete patio from erosion. It also helps in maintaining the color and the shine of the concrete patio. It is advisable by many industry experts to believe that you should apply sealers to the patio within a gap of 2-3 years. However, if you notice some unusual changes to the patio, you can reapply the sealer as soon as possible, even if you applied a few months ago.
Moreover, you need to apply the sealer properly especially if it’s a DIY project. Before applying the sealer, ensure proper cleaning of the patio along with being completely dry. You may even apply a second coating if you feel the need.
Control the Plant Growth
Apart from the above tips, you need to control the growth of the bush and trees nearby your concrete patio. Since the root of the bush or the tree can grow unconditionally, therefore, it can cause cracks within the patio. Hence, you can only replace the entire patio because it is irreparable.
This is the reason that you need to prevent the excessive growth of trees and bush nearby the concrete patio. Trim the trees and the bush regularly so that it does not cause any danger to concrete. You should remove other plantations nearby the cemented area for preventing future damages as well.