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At Nationwide Concreting, we know better than anyone how important it is to protect your concrete flooring, especially during times of the year where there are extremes in weather (so all year round in the UK!).

Very high or low temperatures have a stretching and contorting effect on your concrete floor, as it expands and contracts with the weather – leaving the surface vulnerable to cracks and lesions, which can be exploited by any number of natural or man-made processes.

If the concrete is outside or in a warehouse yard, it could be subject to weeds and plants breaking through the cracks – while inside of garages and industrial areas any number of chemicals, vehicles and machines can add extra wear and tear to the surface.

As we enter perhaps the most hostile season of them all, winter, how exactly can you prevent damage to your concrete? We’ve penned our thoughts on the best ways to take care of your concrete floor this winter.

Sealer

The first and potentially most obvious thing to do is to make sure your concrete is sealed both after being initially laid, and regularly over time to maintain the same protection.

We recommend the use of an epoxy sealer in outdoor areas, as these are the most durable and offer the best protection during the wet and windy months. It’s great for areas where vehicles will be operating, as its durability makes the concrete invulnerable even to moving trucks and forklifts, or the cars in your garage.

For indoor concrete flooring, perhaps in a basement or an office, softer acrylic sealer is recommended – it’s cheaper and more popular, but requires the floor to be waxed prior to applying.

Avoid De-icer for 1 year

Once your concrete floor has been laid, it’s important to take a lot of care over its protection in the first year. While de-icers like salt don’t necessarily cause damage to the concrete directly, they do increase the number of freeze/thaw cycles – meaning the material is stretched more than usual.

There are some chemicals in de-icers that you should never let near your concrete floors, whether they are a year old or not – including ammonium nitrate and ammonium sulphate, as they are particularly reactive and will quickly dissolve the material. Garage owners, beware!

Use Sand

One material that you can have complete confidence in not harming your floor is plain sand, available from garden centres and DIY stores everywhere. It’s great for anti-slippage during the winter months, and is great for absorbing any spillages or leakages from vehicles or yard work.

Mats and Rugs

If your floor has already fallen victim to wear and tear, or you’re looking to take preventative measures, mats and rugs are great for absorbing impacts and spillages –making for an easy clean so that it stays fresh and protecting your concrete floor.

It’s more of an indoor solution than outdoor, but rubber and polyvinyl plastics are the best material for durability whether indoor or out, being damp resistant and easy to clean.

Your residential and industrial concrete flooring specialists

At Nationwide Concrete, we care deeply about providing the best comprehensive concrete flooring service around – and part of this is arming you with the knowledge to protect and maintain your floors in the best way possible.

Thankfully, our team of specialists have decades worth of experience in the industry, and are here to fulfil any residential or industrial requirements.

If you have any questions, or would like to book us in for your next job, our friendly team is ready to take your call – on 01590 676 585.

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