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How the Color of Concrete Makes a Difference

Did you know that the color of roads can make a big difference in the temperature in and around your home? Much like how a black car or a black t-shirt retains more heat from the sun, the same has been found to be the case in roads and highways.

Needless to say, something must be done to protect ourselves against the threat of climate change, and there’s been a breakthrough in dealing with this problem – paint it white.

Keeping the Roads Cool

In order to deal with record-breaking temperatures as of late (as anyone who managed to endure this past summer can tell you), state and local transportation departments are starting to paint black asphalt roads with a white reflective coating. This has been proven to reduce road temperatures significantly, and as a result, more and more government officials are seeing the important contrast this relatively straightforward modification provides.

The Urban Heat Island Effect

Urban environments tend to lack trees and roads are paved with black asphalt (which retains heat, as we mentioned previously). People living in the city have to put up with higher mercury levels that average a few degrees more than surrounding areas. This is what’s called the “urban heat island effect.”

As you can imagine, when there’s a heat wave going on, even a few degrees can make a huge difference, turning an uncomfortable day into a public health crisis. Conditions such as heat exhaustion become far more commonplace, so taking initiatives such as this one can be crucial.

Conclusion

Not only does having a road coated in white or gray paint reduce the heat coming off of the pavement, but it will also help city residents save money during the summer since they don’t have to rely so heavily on their air conditioners to stay cool.

This is admittedly a small contribution to the problem, but by applying the same type of reflective coating to sidewalks, rooftops, and other dark surfaces, this will have an immense effect on the challenge of staying cool all year long! So if you start to see concrete construction companies painting blacktop white, you’ll know how vital this can be to saving the environment!

Easy Ways to Protect the Concrete on Your Driveway

So it’s the big day. The contractors are done building your brand new home, and now you get to enjoy the fantastic benefits that this large investment brings. Of course, while it’s great to settle in and get acquainted with your new surroundings, it may be a good idea to think about what you should do to help maintain the appeal of the place. The last thing you want to have to put up with is yet another expense after spending all those years saving up for a down payment, right?

While there are plenty of topics we could discuss regarding the maintenance of your home, we figure we should focus in on the topic we know best, and that’s concrete! Chances are if you have a driveway, that contractor you hired laid down some concrete. After all, this mixture is built to withstand the elements while being highly flexible during its application.

However, like a child trying to lie to their parents, concrete will start to crack under pressure. Whether it’s the extreme weather conditions, chemical spills, tire marks, or oil and grease, concrete can take a beating. This is why we’re going to take a moment and teach you a few do-it-yourself methods you can use to protect the concrete flooring in your home!

Avoid the Use of Deicing Chemicals

As we mentioned, one of the biggest factors that will harm the appearance and functionality of concrete is from stains. This is especially true if you live in an area where it snows as deicers can cause a good deal of surface damage when the moisture is thawed and refreezes. Many of those store-bought products you use to remove ice from surfaces contain ammonium nitrates and sulfates which can erode concrete.

While rock salt tends to do less damage, they can still corrode metal and harm any vegetation it touches. We recommend avoiding the use of deicers the first winter after the concrete has been initially applied since your concrete will be far more vulnerable to the harmful effects of salt – it needs to build up a level of durability first. Instead, consider using sand to give you that much-needed traction you desire.

Remove Any Stains Right Away

Just like if you made a mess on the kitchen floor, it’s a really good idea that you remove any gas, oil, grease, or any other spills as immediately as possible. The sealer is designed to protect concrete from stain absorption, but that won’t stop it from causing discoloration. However, if this does happen, consider investing in a good chemical treatment product or a power washing service.

To keep your driveway looking its best, it’s a good idea to clean it on a regular basis. Just like with deicing chemicals, this will all depend on the weather conditions where you live along with the amount of vehicle traffic it gets.

Reapply Your Sealer When Needed

You will also want to have your driveway resealed regularly. By rule of thumb, you should have your driveway resealed every two to three years, especially when the finish begins to show some wear. You can find commercial-grade sealers at a hardware store, or you can always ask your contractor for any recommendations. Make sure when you do use a concrete sealer that you closely follow the manufacturer’s recommendations.

Bottom line – you want to treat your driveway with care. Whether you’re shoveling your driveway, be aware of how susceptible this material can be to scrapes and scratches. Driveways also aren’t engineered to support heavy vehicles, like moving fans or large construction equipment. Keep all of these tips in mind if you want to maintain the quality of your driveway!