Concrete can be installed any time the temperature is 32 degrees and rising, however the best time to install your project is spring, summer or early fall. If your concrete is exposed to deicing salts, such as a driveway, the earlier in the year the better, as it provides more cure and strength gain for the concrete prior to exposure.
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Salt or any other de-icer is not recommended to be used on any concrete and under no circumstances should salt be applied to concrete that is less than one year old. If de-icer or salt is to be used, use it sparingly and wait at least a year before applying to new concrete. Please understand that by using salt on the concrete, regardless of age, you run the risk of surface deterioration. We recommend using sand or kitty litter to help with traction in the winter.
The biggest hazard to concrete, once in place, is de-icers and salts.
Under typical curing conditions you can walk on your new concrete in 24-48 hours and drive on it within two weeks. When concrete is poured during colder weather (less than fifty-five degrees) we recommend a longer curing period before use.
For regular broom finish concrete simply clean it as necessary with a pressure washer. Keep the tip of the pressure washer at least ten inches from the concrete surface as not to risk any damage from the pressure. For stamped concrete you need to keep the product clean as noted before and reseal every 2-5 years. Also use a plastic shovel for snow removal on stamped concrete.
The color sample pamphlets are meant to provide the customer with a good idea of what color the concrete will be but should never be expected to be an exact match. The color of the concrete will always be a shade or two lighter or darker. The best way to ensure color consistency is to have an actual poured sample for your project and even at this rate the actual product and the sample may slightly differ. Concrete is sensitive to the environment and while we can assure the color will be a close match we cannot promise a perfect match.