There’s a lot that you really need to be aware when having concrete installed around your property in order to get the best outcome. This includes knowing how long before you can use your new surface and a host of other important information. So, if you have any questions or want to know more, you’ve come to the right place. Below we’ve answered some of the many FAQ’s that we get asked. If you have any further questions please feel free to contact our team, who will be happy to provide an answer.
How Long Before My New Concrete Surface is Ready for Use?
Once you’ve had a new concrete surface installed around your property, the first question that many people have is “when is it ready to use?” The answer can depend on the surface in question. Concrete usually reaches its maximum strength after a period of about four weeks, but it does harden quite soon after pouring. As a general rule, you should wait at least 24 hours before you subject your new concrete surface to any foot traffic. When it comes to something like your driveway or parking lot, it’s best to wait at least 10 days before allowing any vehicles to use the surface.
Are Cracks in Concrete A Major Problem?
The first kind of damage or problem you are likely to notice in any concrete surface is cracks. Is this something that you need to be worried about? It depends. In some cases, cracks can be the first sign of a structural issue starting to occur. But this isn’t always the case. Beyond that, cracks can be a problem as they can allow moisture to penetrate the surface, but they can be easily fixed by a professional concrete contractor to prevent this problem, so the concern in this case is quite minor.
What Options Are There When It Comes to Decorative Concrete and Finishes?
There are a range of ways in which you can increase the overall decorative appeal of your concrete surfaces, so you can better incorporate them into the design work around your home or commercial property. So, you don’t just need to opt for plain, boring concrete. The options range from decorative concrete, such as stamped concrete, to a wide selection of different finishes. So, you can always find just the right option for you. We provide a host of options as part of our service, including specialising in stamped concrete.
What’s the Best Way to Look After Concrete Surfaces Long Term?
There’s a few things you can do to make sure that your concrete surfaces are looked after properly, so that you avoid any major problems and ensure continued long term value. It’s important that you prevent water from draining beneath the surface and under the slab, which includes making sure that snow and ice don’t accumulate on your driveway in the winter. Sweeping and occasional hosing is all that your concrete surfaces really requires to remain clean.