Your new concrete is poured, and you’re ready to bring out the patio furniture and enjoy your new space…but not quite yet! Though a sturdy material, concrete requires a few precautions in the beginning weeks after it is poured, and a few long-term maintenance measures are advised to avoid damage. Keep the following items in mind as you prepare your new patio!
After installation, it’s important to pay close attention to how you’re handling your new concrete. Most importantly, for the first 48 hours after installation, don’t let anyone walk on your concrete (including pets). This is required for all concrete patios, walkways, etc. For newly poured concrete driveways, please allow 30 days before driving on it.
For the first 5 days after installation, avoid excess water that may cause improper curing and damage to the concrete. This includes sprinklers, hosing down the concrete, and even relocating potted plants temporarily if needed.
Additionally, hold off on any outdoor projects you may be doing on top of your concrete. Hot tubs, pergolas, and anything that requires drilling should be scheduled for at least 15 days post installation.
After waiting the appropriate amount of time, feel free to enjoy your new space as usual. For optimal durability, we recommend resealing your patio every 2-3 years. This will help protect it against environmental factors and maintain any brilliant accent colors used.
Things to Consider:
- Choose the right ice melt. It is not recommended to use standard salt-based products to melt ice during winter. We recommend using salt and chloride-free brands like “Safe Paw Ice Melter” and Morton’s “Safe-T-Pet”.
- Follow the care instructions. In the event damage does occur due to negligence, repair costs will be assessed and billed to the customer. Sometimes these damages cannot be fixed.
- All concrete will crack. When or where is unknown. We will cut relief joints to help prevent cracking.
We do absolutely everything we can to make sure your concrete comes out beautifully! Keep in mind minor imperfections in your chosen concrete style are expected. For example, variation in color is expected as it cures. Concrete will cure out differently for a couple of weeks with some areas lightening up faster than others. Some stamped/textured patios will take a month or so to cure. Additionally, decorative textures or stampings can leave little pockets of water, but rest assured, this is common with this type of product.
If you’re contemplating completing your concrete patio, walkway, or driveway, give the Pros a call to get started! Head to our Concrete Finishes blog to see which one is right for your project!