While we hate to be the bearers of bad news, this winter is looking pretty treacherous. At least six different weather outlets that we trust are calling for above-normal amounts of precipitation this winter. Whether that comes in the form of snow or ice, the weather will be rough on the pavers that have made your patio so beautiful.

There are a few simple steps that will help to ensure that your new concrete product reaches its full potential.

Use Caution with Deicers – while concrete is a very durable product, proper care is a requirement for long lasting beauty and wear. The use of deicing chemicals can be detrimental to a new concrete surface. Here are a few guidelines.

Avoid Using Deicers the First Year – concrete continues to gain strength. While some deicers, such as salt, do not chemically react with the concrete, they increase the number of freeze/thaw cycles the concrete must go through. This has the potential of damaging the concrete until it has reached its maximum strength. DON’T use Deicers with Ammonium Nitrate or Ammonium Sulphate, EVER. These chemicals are often packaged and sold as deicers, but they will rapidly disintegrate concrete. Be cautious of products that claim to “be safe for use on concrete.” Avoid any deicing material the first year if possible, while the concrete is gaining strength.

Sand is Safe – Use sand anytime. One of the few safe materials to use to make the concrete surface skid resistant is plain sand. This can be purchased at many locations.

ALWAYS put safety before the appearance of your patio, driveway, sidewalks, or stairs.

After the First Full Year – you may use small amounts of pelletized calcium chloride. Follow label directions.

If you need assistance keeping your pavers looking great, we can help. Contact Hufnagel today at 201-869-5680. We’ll make sure you enjoy your patio for years to come!