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Commercial Concrete in Winter: Maintenance and Care

G&M Services knows that concrete is a porous, absorbent substance that can be prone to cracking if it hasn’t been sealed properly. While we offer concrete demolition and repair services, we know that concrete can withstand the test of time if it’s been appropriately maintained. It’s crucial to care for commercial concrete in winter to avoid reaching out to G&M Services for concrete repairs or demolition. Here’s why and how you can care for your commercial concrete this winter.

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It’s crucial to care for concrete in winter to avoid having to reach out to G&M Services for repair or demolition.

Why You Need to Maintain Commercial Concrete in Winter

Winter can be particularly harsh on commercial concrete surfaces. Whether you have a concrete patio, concrete steps, concrete walkway, or concrete parking lot — it’s essential to prepare it for the winter season. When temperatures begin to drop and water freezes, this can apply pressure to your commercial concrete, resulting in unsightly cracking. If your commercial concrete is frequently thawing and unthawing throughout the winter, this can result in considerable damage

Seal Your Concrete Consistently

You’ll want to invest in sealing your concrete regularly, about every three to five years for topical sealers while penetrating sealers can be re-sealed every ten or so years. If you have a penetrating sealer, you can test whether your concrete needs to be re-sealed by pouring water on the concrete. If the concrete absorbs the water, then it’s time to have your concrete re-sealed. For topical sealers, you’ll know if a re-sealant is needed when you begin to notice cracks or peeling of the seal. 

Do Not Use Salt for Ice Prevention

For commercial concrete, you’ll want to protect your concrete from incoming snowfall. However, you should actively try to avoid using salt or chemical de-icers from your commercial concrete. Salt and chemical de-icers can damage the concrete, which could affect the lifespan of your concrete. Instead, shovel off the snow and sprinkle your commercial concrete with sand to ensure that an icy, slippery surface is avoided. 

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G&M Services is proud of our employees and the dedication they have for safety in the workplace. We reward our employees for displaying positive safety practices. We incorporate weekly and monthly discussions and meetings to ensure that all involved know how to handle equipment and potentially risky situations during a project. We offer services in the way of concrete drilling and sawing, concrete scanning, and Firestop. To get started with us, call today at 410-787-8828 or visit our contact page. Follow the official company page today on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn.