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Simple Solutions for Maintaining Your Patio

Patio
Outdoor living is an important part of any home. Not only does it create an exterior space for relaxing with the family and entertaining guests, but it can also add enormous value to the home. A patio is one of the most desired amenities in a potential home, so this outdoor living space will add a good amount of value to your home. Of course, maintenance is essential if you want to protect the look and function of your concrete patio.

If you are a homeowner with a concrete patio, help is available. This guide and your contractor's assistance will help you understand the importance of cleaning, repairing, and sealing your concrete patio.

Clean

Over time, dirt, dust, grass clippings, mud, mulch, and pine straw will build up on your patio. This light debris can be swept away easily. However, certain types of debris and buildup may require a more involved cleaning.

If debris sits on your concrete for an extended period of time, you may notice the concrete is starting to discolor or stain. Pressure washing the patio with an outdoor cleaning solution is your best option for removing stains and restoring the patio back to a more appealing state.

You may be surprised to learn that mold can grow on your concrete patio, as well. In most cases, you will be able to see mold growth. If you have patches of green, black, or brown growth on sections of your patio, it is most likely mold. Mold can also grow in small cracks and crevices of your patio. This growth can spread, causing the cracks and crevices to expand, which will decrease the stability and appeal of your patio.

Use an anti-bacterial cleaning solution to remove mold from your patio before it spreads and causes further damage.

Repair

The cleaning process is not only important for removing dirt and mold growth, but it also gives you the time to inspect your concrete for signs of distress. Cracks, fissures, or broken pieces of the concrete surface are all signs your patio is in distress. These issues may be small, but they can spread and become worse quickly.

Even the smallest crack or broken piece of concrete can become a hazard for you and your family. In addition, these issues will decrease the appeal and value of your patio. Therefore, repairing your concrete patio is important.

Cracks that are thinner can be filled with an epoxy or latex patching products. To repair larger, wider cracks, cement mortar will be used. Once the concrete is cleaned and repaired, you can move on to the next step or recommended maintenance.

Seal

Applying a sealant to your concrete patio can be beneficial even though some experts believe it is not necessary. A good-quality sealant will protect the concrete patio from discoloration and stains that may occur from basic use and weathering. Sealant will also protect the concrete surface, reducing moisture penetration that can affect the underlying patio surface. By reducing the amount of moisture that affects the concrete, you can protect your patio from cracks and fissures.

Finally, a sealant can change or enhance the look of your patio. Choose from a variety of colors and finishes, allowing you to create the outdoor living space of your dreams while protecting the patio's function and value. For the best protection and look, apply a sealant to your concrete patio every few years. 

You most likely understand the benefits of a patio for your home's value and family's enjoyment, but you may not realize how to care for this outdoor living space. For more information or to schedule maintenance on your patio, contact J & L Landscaping.