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for Rochester, NY Homes

Prepare Your Concrete Patio
for Rochester, NY, Weather 

You've made an investment and added value to your home by adding a stamped concrete patio, pool deck, walkway, or entryway. The best way to protect your concrete outdoor living area is by 1) how to protect it, and 2) knowing how to maintain it so that it lasts for years to come. That's where Gruttadaurio Masonry and  Concrete Doc+ , (a division of Gruttadaurio Masonry), shine. We've got some great tips to help your concrete patio look like new, even after surviving our Rochester, NY, winters. 

Remove Snow and Ice

1. Prevent Snow Buildup on Your Concrete Patio

To combat the deterioration of your concrete patio, we have listed some steps that you should take each winter to keep your patio looking new and beautiful. Keeping your concrete patio or outdoor living free of snow and ice as much as possible will help you maintain it. The task sounds daunting, but it's not impossible. We recommend that you do not allow mountains of snow to accumulate on your patio surface, . You can do this by carefully shoveling making sure not to scrape the actual concrete surface. If the snow is only a few inches deep, you can try removing it with a broom. 

2. Protect Your Concrete Patio from Ice Buildup

Protecting your outdoor concrete patio floor from ice accumulation is important with our brutal Rochester, NY, winters. Although you should use a deicing type of product or sand, it's important to avoid using deicers than contain salt, which can cause damage to your concrete patio surface. If you must use salt on nearby sidewalks or driveways, use it sparingly and try to stay clear of your concrete patio floor.

Concrete Sealing and Cleaning

Photo of a concrete patio getting a protective sealer applied to it with a roller on a long handle
3. Concrete Sealing 

Your outdoor living area is an extension of your home. A concrete sealer creates a protective barrier that helps guard your patio's surface against Rochester, NY’s, snow and ice damage, plus any other harsh conditions. It also helps to prevent moisture from sitting in the pores or cracks of the concrete surface that would then freeze and expand, resulting in damage and erosion to the concrete. If you want to protect your investment, call on the specialist for sealing concrete patios in Rochester, NY.  Concrete Doc+ , (a division of Gruttadaurio Masonry) specializes in concrete patio sealing, restoration, and rejuvenation. Sealing also protects concrete from fading from ultraviolet rays of the sun, and staining (includes stains from rust, pet stains, and chemical products).  Concrete Doc+  will seal your concrete patio which will add beauty and longevity to your outdoor living space. ​

4. Knowing When to Re-Seal Your Concrete Patio

There isn’t an exact timeframe in which you need to reseal your concrete, but we recommend having it applied professionally every few years to prevent it from damage due to snow, ice, or the freeze-thaw cycles we experience in Upstate New York. You can tell when your concrete patio needs to be resealed by its appearance—if it's beginning to look dull and worn or the colors seem less vibrant, it’s time to apply sealer again. Re-sealing your concrete is one of the most important things you can do to protect its surface and keep your patio looking like new for many years.

5. Professional Power Washing

During the warmer months when Rochester, NY,'s snow or ice have left our area, ongoing everyday maintenance of your concrete patio takes minimal effort. The first step is to sweep or blow away leaves, cut grass, and other natural debris, and hose off any spills or stuck-on leaves. Occasionally, a good cleaning using a broom with some soapy water is recommended. If you want to take your concrete cleaning up a notch you can use a power washer on your own, or call in a professional concrete power washing service like  Concrete Doc+ 

stamped concrete patio getting power washed

Preparing for the winter months isn’t hard to do; it just needs some timely treatment. Trust us, you’ll be happy that you took the time when your concrete patio stays in tact and vibrant for years to come!

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