Care & Tips

ASPHALT VERSUS CONCRETE

Asphalt (often called blacktop) is made from a mixture of gravel and sand together with gas oils, diesel, and kerosene, among other ingredients. Concrete is made from mixing cement, sand, and gravel with water. It is an application used for driveways, patios, walkways, curbs, parking lots, as well as other hard-surface areas. Asphalt can be a cheaper alternative, mainly because it is installed 2in or less in thickness. Where as concrete is installed at a minimum of 4in thick. Due to that reason Asphalt has a relatively short lifespan whereas concrete has a lifespan of usually 30+ years. Asphalt requires resealing maintenance every couple years adding to the cost. Where as Concrete requires nothing, but due to our climate we recommend a penetrating sealer on concrete that would be exposed to salt. Asphalt develops an oily dirty surface that becomes soft in sunlight and heat, making it is easily tracked in the house. Whereas concrete is better in higher temperatures and does not become soft. We feel Concrete is the best solution if you’re looking for a long-term solution with minimal upkeep, that after 5 to 6 years the cost would even out with none of the maintenance.

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

To our valued customers, If you are considering decorative stamped concrete as an option for your project, we would like to relay the below information so you are aware in advance of possible complications that may be encountered: Due to changes made by the EPA to the chemicals used in decorative concrete sealer, there are issues arising regarding the performance of the sealer, resulting in poor durability and lastingness. Decorative stamped concrete is very high maintenance due to the vast fluctuation in Ohio’s weather conditions, including extreme heat, freezing temperatures and the possible use of salt causing peeling, chipping, etc., which is beyond our control. It is also highly recommended that the decorative concrete be re-sealed after 1 to 2 years for maintenance purposes, and it is very likely that this will be an ongoing process due to the above-stated temperature fluctuations. Also, the cracking, chipping, and peeling are not easily repairable. They cannot be fixed simply by removing and replacing the damaged sections and matching it to the original surface, and may have to be put off until it is time to replace the entire surface due to the cost of removing and replacing the whole area previously installed. This information is being provided in an effort to allow understanding of the potential risks of choosing this option. We want to offer our customers with the best products that last, and due to these reasons we do not offer decorative stamped concrete as an option anymore. Colored concrete is an option that can provide a different or more unique look than regular concrete. It is more durable in the climate for this area and is also low maintenance, providing a great deal of savings through the years for upkeep that is needed for decorative stamped concrete such as stamped, etc. Please feel free to contact us for other options to give your project a unique look. Sincerely, Star City Concrete, LLC

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.


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