As professional concrete contractors in Colorado Springs and having been in the business for over three decades, we have been asked a number of questions concerning concrete construction. Here are answers to a few that are asked more than others:
Can I use de-icers on my new concrete? The bag says it is safe for use on all concrete. Is that true?
- You should never use de-icers or products containing ammonium sulfate or ammonium nitrate. These products will rapidly deteriorate you concrete.
- Recommendation: Shovel snow and ice from your concrete as soon as reasonably possible. The sun is strong in Colorado year-round, and will naturally melt the rest. If you must apply something, use sand. You should never use de-icers during you first winter with your new concrete.
Does all concrete crack?
- Concrete shrinks as a result of the curing process. This shrinking, often leads to cracks but rarely are these structural in nature.
Can cracks be prevented?
- Not entirely. The proper placement of control joints is crucial to the prevention of unwanted cracks and their appearance. The purpose of these joints is to encourage the concrete to crack where we want it to crack, therefore mitigating the likelihood of cracks developing elsewhere.
- Recommendation: Work with the experts at Flat & Fancy to place control joints where they are aesthetically pleasing as well as effective. . As professional concrete contractors in Colorado Springs, we can help to reduce unwanted cracking.
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