Repairing Damaged Concrete During the Winter Season

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Concrete repair is often done before the winter season comes as a preparation effort because snow and ice can make repairs worse. However, there are times that repairs need to be done in the dead of winter. This is a huge challenge even for pros because most repair products do not set or cure properly in freezing temperature. If concrete repair St. Louis projects need to be done urgently during winter and there is just no way it can be postponed until the temperature goes up, here are some things you can consider to make it work:

Request for Antifreeze

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Photo via ConcreteNetwork.com

Certain liquid products often freeze to a block during winter. There are certain concrete contractor services from which you can request for products with antifreeze. This is an additive that helps lower the freezing point further so that it would be easy to work with even during cold weather. While this is effective, it may require special settings and additional steps in the repair process especially if the product is applied outdorors and if it would require overnight curing time.

Use Heating Blankets for Curing

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Heating blankets is a great solution for most construction work that needs to be done during cold weather. It can help thaw concrete surfaces from snow and ice in order to prep it for repairs. These blankets are also great for reducing curing time. Some suggest covering the repaired area with the blanket for 7 hours or more to ensure that it cures properly, preventing freezing or rapid drying which could cause cracks.

Opt for Self-leveling Repair Products

Self-leveling concrete coatings St. Louis are ideal for use during cold climate because it requires less water. This means it is less likely to freeze as fast as regular concrete would. Also, this is easier to work with as it evens out on its own. There are many heavy-duty self-leveling products designed specifically for use in freezing temperatures.

Apply a Temporary Fix Until Temperatures Get Warmer

If a permanent repair is not possible because there is just no way it could be done during winter, apply a temporary fix for the meantime. This is to make sure that the damage is held together until the season changes. It is also a good way of keeping the damage covered and protected against the harmful effects of snow, ice, and frost.

Decorative Concrete Resurfacing

April 8, 2020

Dear Valued Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Customer,

We realize you may have questions regarding your upcoming project with Decorative Concrete Resurfacing. While many of the US businesses are temporarily suspending or closing down, due to our business model we are fortunate to continue our work , while strictly adhering to the CDC guidelines. Our staff and crew s are able to abide by the social distancing and disinfecting policies , as we do our part to keep the economy moving. We realize not every business is fortunate enough to have the same privileges, we’re thankful for the ability to keep our team employed during this turbulent time. Customers like you play a vital role in the health of the economy and it’s ultimate return back to normal once w e get through this turbulent time.

If you have any questions regarding your project, please give our customer service center a call. Technology has gratefully given us the ability to work remote and service our customers at full capacity.

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Sincerely,
Decorative Concrete Resurfacing Team