Your concrete will be curing for the next 30 days. This is the natural hardening process. We recommend that you do not use the newly poured area for seven days; this includes parking, placing patio furniture, grills, etc. on the newly poured area. You may walk on the area if needed the day after, but limited access is advised for seven days.
Colored and Stamped Concrete
Your colored and stamped concrete will be protected with a commercial grade cure and seal. This will help protect the concrete from stains or fading from the sun. It also assists in the curing process. We recommend that your concrete is power washed and resealed again in 1 year to protect it, and every 2 years following. This maintenance can be scheduled through Borowicz Construction, for an additional cost.
Your concrete is poured at 4000 PSI (pounds per square inch), with 60 grade re-bar. This is for strength, durability, and vitality of the concrete. Because concrete shrinks as it dries and cures, all concrete will crack. In Minnesota with such an extreme variety of weather it will contribute to ongoing stress of the concrete. Joints have been placed to guide the cracking. However you may notice thin “hairline” cracks in other areas. If this happens, please be assured that it will not affect the integrity of your concrete.
Snow and Ice
We do not recommend that you use any type of de-icer on your concrete, as it will damage the concrete and can cause flaking. For colored and/or stamped concrete, the best method is to remove snow with a plastic shovel to avoid scratching. If you must apply something for safety you can use sand or kitty litter, please be advised this may cause some abrasions to the surface of the colored and/or stamped concrete.
During the winter months, your vehicle may pick up salt on the roads and highways used to keep streets safe. To avoid getting salt on your driveway we recommend that you try to wash your vehicle regularly, especially the undercarriage.