Bartlett, IL Concrete | Protect Your New Concrete This Winter

Concrete in Bartlett

The winter months are upon us. Have you thought about how your new concrete will handle them? Read our guide on what to do – and what not to do – to protect your driveway or patio, especially during their first winter.

Avoid De-Icer Early On

Did you know that concrete can take up to a month to reach its maximum strength? In the first year of having your new concrete, steer clear from using de-icers, like salt. These can increase the amount of freeze and thaw cycles that your concrete goes through, which can potentially damage it. Instead, sand is a safe and effective material that can help you get through those winter months skid-free.

Avoid Ammonium Nitrate or Ammonium Sulfate

Often packaged and sold as de-icing tools, ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulfate are actually quite destructive. These agents can rapidly break down your concrete, especially early on. Watch out for garden fertilizers that also contain these and ensure that you minimize contact between them.

Seal your Concrete

Once your concrete has had time to fully cure, sealing it is the best option toward protecting it for the winter and the new year. Be careful — applying sealer without experience can lead to streaky or uneven results. Luckily, at G-Cat Construction, we have the expertise to seal your concrete for a consistent finish that can keep your driveway, stairs, or walkway beautiful and durable for decades to come.

If you are looking to beautify your home or business, our team at G-Cat Construction are your local experts. We specialize in several projects, including driveways, patios, stairs, decorative stone, and sealing work. Contact us today for a consultation on how you can bring strong, high-quality concrete to your property. We look forward to meeting you.
Phone: (630) 736-1070