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Care & Tips

Curing

Now that your concrete project has been installed. We have some recommendations for you. We need to begin to water cure your concrete. This is for stronger and longer lasting concrete. We need your participation in this by simply applying water to the surface until saturated. Optimal results are dependent on how hot it is. Temperatures above 70 degrees 3 times a day and temperatures above 85 degrees 5 times. These intervals should be spaced out in even increments if possible. The purpose of this process is to keep the curing concrete as cool as possible during the first 3 days. The first day is most important and the need decreases by the 3rd day. Water curing is most environmentally safe and the best way to cure new concrete. There are many studies that support this.

Use

You can walk on your concrete 24 hours after the concrete is poured. Cars and light pickup trucks 7 days after concrete is poured. Heavy equipment and campers 28 days after pour. Note: Trash trucks, Roofing trucks, Mulch trucks & Moving trucks are known to crack otherwise good concrete. This is due to the gross vehicle weight. A standard driveway is not designed to withstand that weight, even once.

Long Term Care and Deicing

Salt and many deicing materials will harm the concrete finish, especially in its first season. Before deicing read all warnings on your products packaging. To create traction in snow and ice the best solution is sand. To prevent deicer damage and keep concrete lasting longer we recommend using a penetrating sealer at least 28 days or more after concrete is poured. We do offer this service please contact us for pricing or questions.

Control Joints

Shrinkage cracks should form in control joints. If you notice a crack outside of these joints, they will need time to open up. At that time the crack can be filled. Cracks form during the curing process as stress relief and natural part of concrete installation. If a crack has a different level on one side from heaving or settling then call our office for an appointment. So we may investigate and offer a resolution.

Decorative Concrete

Decorative concrete will need to cure for 3 weeks before we can stain and seal. While we are installing, and until it is sealed no furniture, pets, or foot traffic should be in contact with the project. After sealer is applied then after 24 hours you may use as normal. Failure to comply with this tip may result in highlighted marks. It is also important to understand that the clear acrylic sealer on decorative concrete can be scratched by metal objects resulting in a chalk like scratch. This is easily repaired. Raised flower gardens with die in mulch need to be protected so run-off does not flow on to surface of the patio driveways or sidewalk(this also applies to all concrete surfaces). Resealing should be done every 3-5 years depending on sun exposure and use.

Stains

Concrete is porous and is easily stained by bio material, mulch, oils, and rust. Even cleaning vehicles the run off can cause stains to occur. Overtime concrete gets dirty, if you use a pressure washers use a low pressure tip and no more than 3000 psi usually does a good job. We recommend pre-treating with a bleach and Dawn solution rubbed in with a deck brush. Berries, walnuts, leaves and bird droppings are all bio material that turns acidic and harms the surface. By bleaching you neutralize the acid as well as whitening the concrete. We recommend this be done in spring to get any of the winter salt washed off as well.


Visit our Patio Page for a list of all the concrete services we offer here at Star City Concrete LLC. Whether you want stamped concrete to plain concrete - we can do it all.